Earl Banks was elected to District 67 of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1993, the same year David Gibbs took office for District 36.
During the two decades the two men served together, they grew to not only be political colleagues, but also friends.
Banks was the first to offer tribute to the late Rep. Gibbs during a memorial service held yesterday morning in honor of the Clay County native. The service was held at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point.
West Point fire and police officials are still trying to piece together the reasons for a fire that destroyed a large portion of a South Division Street home Thursday night.
Around 8 p.m. that night, the West Point Fire Department was called to 724 South Division Street, and once firemen arrived they saw that the house was already in flames with heavy smoke billowing from the home.
Three more West Point residents have now submitted their declaration of intent to run this May for elected offices in the city of West Point.
Ward 2 Selectman Homer Cannon filled out his statement of intent Wednesday to rerun for the post of Ward 2 selectman, and William W. Young turned in his declaration to City Hall of intent to run for the office of Ward 1 selectman. Resident A.C. House also submitted his qualifying paperwork in anticipation for running for the post of Ward 4 selectman.
Each of these three candidates are running democrat.