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Oak Hill Academy Counselor Francis Dawkins says that when the state backed off raising the number of credits required for graduation in English, Math, Science and Social Studies, OHA did no such thing.
In fact, the West Point academy raised its standards to above the national average for credits required for graduation.
â€śStudents need that in order to be successful in college,â€ť Dawkins said on Thursday morning. â€śThey need to be pushed because thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going to happen in college.â€ť
Tickets are still available for the 87th Annual Banquet, hosted by the Growth Alliance that will take place tonight and will feature a night of awards, recognition of community leaders, West Point Hall of Fame inductions and the keynote speaker, Roger Pryor.
Pryor is a native of West Point and graduated from West Point High School.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
When you hear a weather siren you know itâ€™s time to pay attention and prepare to take cover. But out in some parts of Clay County residents donâ€™t always hear the cityâ€™s weather sirens, and when natural disasters hit close to their homes they only have a few minutes to retreat to safety.
Thatâ€™s why for five long years Clay County Emergency Management officials have been trying diligently to provide county residents with weather sirens that will warn people when a tornado, thunderstorm or other weather-related disaster is headed their way.
Just like many people, Clay County School Superintendent Mae Brewer was sitting at home this weekend watching the news on television when all of a sudden the news anchor started talking about a proposal to abolish the Clay County School District.
Youâ€™ve got to admit it. Having a street, road or highway named after you is a pretty amazing honor and means youâ€™ve gone out of your way for the community and done something entirely remarkable for lots of people.
Itâ€™s something that makes your family smile every time they drive past the sign and something that the honoree can be proud of and humbled by whether theyâ€™re still living or have passed on.
Jeannie Johnson Staten declared her intentions to take House District Seat 36 on Tuesday, becoming the fourth person to announce candidacy for the vacant seat to the Daily Times Leader.
With an election such as this, there are many candidates who come from many different backgrounds, whether it be law, industry, education or something else.
Staten herself has 27 years of experience in the classroom.
A retired teacher, the Clay County native says she has always had a profound interest in politics and the legislature.
It will be quite a busy election year for the Clay County Election Commission, who has already presided over one special election this month and who expects to preside over two more special elections later this year.
One of those special elections will fall in November and will be held to fill the vacant seat of Clay County prosecuting attorney.
Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday issued a Writ of Election for Mississippi House District 36, setting March 12, 2013, as the election date to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. David Gibbs.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Feb. 11, 2013.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast in the special election, a runoff election will be held April 2, 2013.
The election will fill the House seat left vacant after the death of Clay County native David Gibbs earlier this month.
When Aberdeen native Roderick Van Daniel was a 17-year-old senior in high school he wondered curiously of what it would be like to one day serve the people of his hometown as a leader for the state of Mississippi. And fortunately for him he got a rare, up close and personal experience of the role of a state leader while gleefully serving as a page for former District 36 Representative David Gibbs.
The Growth Alliance conference room was packed on Thursday night with a diverse group of West Point/Clay County citizens, bouncing ideas off of one anotherâ€™s heads in an attempt to bring the community together.
This is not the first time Unity in the Community has met. The group has been meeting for almost a year, but Thursday nightâ€™s crowd was the largest in the organizationâ€™s short history.
The goal is simple. Unify the community.