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January 21st, 2013

Injustices addressed 50 years after MLK speech

January 21, 2013

It’s been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the nation’s most famous speech of peace and justice, but if Dr. King was alive today could he look around proudly and say that his dream of peace, unity and justice has truly been fulfilled?
Well, not exactly, said Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays, pastor of Poplar Springs CME Church, who said even though King would be delighted to see some broken down racial barriers today and signs of unification things just aren’t quite where King dreamed of them to be.

Cole brings latest novel to Luncheon with Books

January 21, 2013

Luncheon with Books is proud to announce author Bobby Cole will be at the January 26, luncheon to share his newest novel “Moon Underfoot.”
“It’s been a  few years since you read “The Dummy Line” and now I’m excited to share that I have a new story entitled “Moon Underfoot” that releases this week.  It’s a sequel to The Dummy Line,” said Cole. “Here is a teaser to let you know what the book is about.”

January 19th

Hundreds show to say goodbye to David Gibbs

January 19, 2013

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.

Thursday house fire under investigation

January 19, 2013

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 vie for city offices

January 19, 2013

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.

January 17th

Clay County man loses life in early morning automobile accident

January 17, 2013

A Clay County man was pronounced dead on Thursday after his truck ran off the road in Lowndes County and struck a tree.
According to reports by WTVA out of Tupelo, Johnnie Matthews, 64, was involved in an accident near the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Bridge on Highway 50 in Lowndes around 5 a.m.
Snow began to fall in the early morning hours across the state, and this area of the state received a dose before dawn, making driving conditions hazardous.
According to the report, Matthews was wearing his seatbelt.

Man hospitalized after being trapped

January 17, 2013

A Houston resident was rushed Thursday afternoon to the Clay County Medical Center after he became trapped by a front end loader that officials say he was working on at the West Point Stockyards.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday when rescue personnel and police were called to the stockyards to try to get the man free from the Bobcat front end loader. The victim’s name is not being released, as the incident remains under investigation.

Court enters more sentencing orders as first week of court concludes

January 17, 2013

The first week of the January term of Clay County Circuit Court concludes today with several more cases set to be heard by 16th Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens, who heard many indictments this week and entered several sentencing orders.
One sentencing order that was entered Wednesday involved 28-year-old Johnathan Clint Hill of Maben, who was accused of breaking into Prestage Farms last January with the intention to steal property from the business.

MLK Black Tie Banquet begins celebration

January 17, 2013

The celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., begins tonight with a black tie banquet at the UFCW Local 1991 Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is West Point School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald. There will be a time of remembrance to honor State Representative David Gibbs, State Senator Bennie Turner, Toy Marshall and Rachael Free by Robert Smith. The night will feature wonderful food, the presentation of the Johnnie Pearl Randle Community Service Award, recognitions and words of praise, honor and encouragement from community leaders.

January 16th

Family of late Representative David Gibbs reflects

January 16, 2013

You know what Carl Gibbs, Jr. really liked about his granddad David Gibbs? Getting to do all those great adventurous outdoor things together that guys, especially guys in the South, love to do. Things like riding out to the cattle farm on 4-wheelers, shooting at squirrels scampering about in the forest and just hanging out, spending quality time together – just as family should.

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