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October 23rd, 2014

Rev. James Kelly Unger Jr.

October 23, 2014

Rev. James Kelly Unger Jr., 88, died the 21st of October at his home in West Point.
Services will be at 11 AM Friday the 24th of October at the First Presbyterian Church E.P.C. Services will be conducted by Rev. Brandon Bates. Visitation will be at 10 AM Friday at the church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Sonny Ming, James Hill, Langdon Unger, Jr., James Hornoll, Dr. Craig Robertson, Charles Newell. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Civitan Club and Men of the Church and Dr. John Cox.

Golden Triangle Regional Airport conducts diaster drill

October 23, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

A simulated mid-air collision scenario at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport drew first responders from across the region Tuesday morning to go through preparations for a worst-case scenario.
Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) holds such exercises once every three years to ensure local responders are prepared to respond to such an event if needed, said GTR Executive Director Mike Hainsey.

City eyes improving road conditions

October 23, 2014


The improvement of driving conditions has been on the minds of city officials during the past few weeks.
The city received new traffic sensors for three intersections along Highway 45 courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the work doesn’t stop there. He said the city is also looking at improving visibility at certain intersections in town.

WPPD receives seatbelt grant

October 23, 2014


The West Point Police Department received a grant from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to go toward enforcing vehicle occupant restraints. The $5,000 grant will be used to pay officers who work overtime at safety checkpoints.

October 22nd

Lady Raiders begin preseason basketball

October 22, 2014

DTL staff

After being knocked out of the MAIS Class-AA State Championship in the first round by Brookhaven Academy, the Oak Hill Lady Raiders are ready to get back on the court for the 2014-15 season.
Under the direction of a familiar face and new Head Coach Brian Middleton, Oak Hill is hoping to eclipse their 26-win season from last year and make another strong run in District 2-AA and Class-AA. All the summer and fall preparations will be put to the test with a six-game, preseason slate.

FCA hosts movie night

October 22, 2014


With a new scoreboard and video board at McCallister Field, it was a no brainer for the high school and its organizations to find other uses outside of football games.
West Point High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) director Austin Baker and Central School assistant principal Brad Cox saw an innovative way to spread the FCA message and reach out to the community.

David Michael Reid Jr.

October 22, 2014

David Michael Reid Jr., age 53, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at his residence in West Point.

Peter Thomas Hodo IV

October 22, 2014

Peter Thomas Hodo IV, age 21, of the Town of Mt. Laurel in Birmingham, Ala., passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
Thomas was born in West Point, July 21, 1993, and is a recent graduate from Oak Hill Academy through the Mississippi State University High School Independent Study program. He was a young man who loved his friends and had a passion for cars. He was an entrepreneur who was just beginning his journey. Thomas was a member of Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala. and a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of West Point.

Myrtle Ruth Foreman

October 22, 2014

Myrtle Ruth Foreman, age 78 of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the Windsor Place, in Columbus.
Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Lowndes Funeral Home, in Columbus.
Funeral services are Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Ray officiating. Interment is in Friendship Cemetery, in Columbus, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

First Christian Church set for annual ‘sweet tater’ giveaway

October 22, 2014


Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Daily Times Leader’s first “feature Friday” article on Facebook. “Feature Friday articles will appear in Wednesday editions, following inital Facebook only release.

Members of the First Christian Church in West Point are gearing up to give residents a little something sweet. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the parking lot of First Christian Church on Broad Street in West Point, volunteers will be giving sweet potatoes away — completely free — to the public.

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