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January 14th, 2013
David Gibbs had a gift for knowing when to speak.
Those who served with Gibbs during his political career, whether on the Clay County Board of Supervisors or at the state House of Representatives knew that when Gibbs got up to speak that he intended to say something important.
Clay County, as well as portions of Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties are mourning the loss of two great community leaders this winter.
State Senator Bennie Turner, who represented District 16 at the stateâ€™s capital passed away at 64 in early December.
On Sunday, constituents represented by David Gibbs in District 36 learned he too had died in Tupelo.
The two men were known locally as family men who used their talents to better their community at home as well as in their respective political offices.
The two deaths also represent a tremendous loss at the state level.
Nearly 1,000 caskets stored inside the West Point Casket Company could have went up in flames Friday after a fire broke out at the building but are all in tact along with the building, which received mostly fire damage to the roof.
The fire at the casket company, owned by Matthews Casket Company of Pittsburg, Penn., started around 5:04 Friday afternoon in the midst of the work crewsâ€™ installation of monitors in the building.
Twenty-one years ago, former Clay County Supervisor David Gibbs was elected by citizens of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties to be the District 36 Representative in the state house legislature.
On Sunday, officials at the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo confirmed that Gibbs had passed away.
He was 76.
During a slow municipal qualifying week at West Point City Hall another citizen of West Point decided to submit their name late in the week in the pot for the seat of mayor.
That citizen is Darlene Cox, who turned in her qualifying paperwork Thursday to City Hall and hopes to be on the ballot as a democratic candidate for mayor. She plans to face off against incumbent Mayor Scott Ross, who submitted his intention last Monday to rerun for the post.
With the recent passing of District 16 Senator Bennie Turner and an early week announcement that District 36 State Representative David Gibbs wished to resign, many West Point and Clay County leaders had fears that the people they serve would not have adequate representation this year in the state capitol.
Over the last few weeks Clay County Circuit Clerk officials, Circuit Court judges and attorneys have been diligently preparing for the January 2013 term of court, which begins Monday with several murder and aggravated assault cases expected to be heard.
Several of these cases have been continued multiple times due to different circumstances, such as the need for the accused to prepare an effective defense, but at least one case may go to trial this week.
The Clay County Sheriff Department needs your help in locating a 2010 Red/Black Polaris 550 Sportsman 4-Wheeler (Serial Number 4XAZN55A0AA004897) that was stolen from a residence on the morning of Jan. 8 on Old Highway 50 East.
Sheriff Eddie Scott stated that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department Investigative Division at 662-494-2896 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
A few weeks ago Clay County District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes advised other Clay County supervisors that the county should not wait around for funding before coming up with a project on which those funds could be used. And Thursday, during the Clay County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ second meeting of the new year, the message was delivered once again.
On Tuesday, West Point Democrat (House District 36) David Gibbs had a hand-written note delivered to Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn explaining that he was resigning from the state legislature after 19 years of representing Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties.
By Wednesday, the legislature, which began a three-month session on Tuesday, was busy researching whether Gibbs' resignation could be rescinded.
According to reports, Gibbs initially resigned due to â€śpoor healthâ€ť on January 8.