Archive - May 2011 - News Article
56-year-old Robert Jolly of Cedar Bluff died Monday night after being struck by an 18-wheeler traveling east bound on U.S. Highway 82 near the Montgomery/Webster County line.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jolly was standing in front of his 1996 Chrysler LHS that was parked on the northbound shoulder of the highway when the 2005 International 18-wheeler ran off the road and collided with Jolly's vehicle. The 18-wheeler was driven by 63-year-old Ben Cliett of Cedar Bluff, who was traveling east bound on Highway 82 around Pheba.
57-year-old Jane Morgan of Starkville is in critical condition after being struck Sunday morning by a vehicle traveling west bound on Highway 50 in Clay County.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports that Morgan was also headed west bound on her bicycle alongside another cyclist around 10 a.m. Sunday when a driver, 44-year-old Robbie Morton of Cedar Bluff, hit Morgan with her vehicle. Officials say Morton was not charged with anything, and the accident is currently under investigation by MHP.
Clay County was included Wednesday evening with the 36 Mississippi counties that were given a federal declaration for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
The declaration for public assistance comes just one week after the county was given a federal declaration for individual assistance to residents whose homes, businesses and other property were destroyed in last month's flooding and EF3 tornado.
President of the Mississippi Economic Council Blake Wilson visited West Point Wednesday and talked about the importance of keeping communities focused on the stateâ€™s economic development initiative and talked about the importance of education for community growth.
That smile is the first thing his mother brags about, and it's the first thing a visitor notices when he meets Harper Orman. That smile immediately takes hold of a room, makes Harper the center of attention, and brightens his mother's day.
â€śHe smiles more than any child I've ever been around,â€ť says Harper's mom, West Point native Brooke Bowen. â€śIt doesn't matter what's going on in my life, when I see that little man's smile, it just melts my heart.â€ť
The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen adopted a mutual aid agreement Tuesday that would allow the city to offer assistance to residents affected by disasters, such as tornadoes or floods.
Since Clay County was given a federal disaster declaration Monday, residents affected by the recent tornado are eligible to receive individual assistance for housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not paid for by the homeowner's insurance or another assistance programs.
Harold Lathon, who was appointed to the North Central Mississippi Railroad Authority Board in January, was removed from the position temporarily Tuesday night by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen.
Koch's Sponsor Fundraising Event
By Donna Summerall
Robbie and Linda Koch, owners of Coon Tattoo and Body Piercing, knew that the people of Clay County in Montpelier and surrounding areas needed help. The idea of giving of their time, talents, days off, and money didn't make them back down an inch from the daunting task they conceived of to help those in need. In one week they had gotten the word out via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and word of mouth that they would be taking donations at their shop and doing small tattoos with the proceeds going toward our Clay County neighbors.
Scott Hallmark, current associate principal of West Point High School's north campus, was hired Monday evening as principal for Columbus High School where he will begin July 1.
Hallmark, who holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University, worked for the West Point School District for 12 years and worked as an administrator for the district seven years.
After being left vacant for one year, the position of assistant superintendent/director of operations for the West Point School District was given Monday night to Rob Smith, current director of the West Point High School Career and Technology Center.