Pure shock and disbelief can just about sum up the way most of the nation was feeling Friday when they learned of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that left two dozen students and staff dead.
No one could quite understand what coaxed the alleged gunman, Adam Lanza, to pick up two loaded guns, walk into the school and open fire on students no older than six years.
In 2012, the United Health Foundation ranked Mississippi 49th in the nation in its quality of health care delivery to its citizens.
Those who are provided health care services by Northeast Mississippi Health Services, however, know that the care that is being provided is some of the best in the nation.
Recently, NMHS was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, one that is given to corporations each year that span a variety of fields.
If youâ€™ve ever taken a stroll around Central Park in New York City youâ€™ve more than likely seen several people sitting out on the lawn tuning out the activities around them as they type away on their laptops. Theyâ€™re laying back browsing the web, checking the latest Facebook statuses or even working away from the office, enjoying the convenience of the Internet without any tangly wires in the way thanks to NYCâ€™s free wireless Internet service in the park.
Now West Point city officials want to give residents and visitors the same sort of experience.
Tentatively planning a grand opening in March, the newly renovated West Point Community Living Center will be a showplace.
A new transitional care unit and therapy gym will be open for those needing rehabilitative therapy.
It is centered on the design to help people return to work or home after debilitating falls and illnesses. It will be available to those in any age group who need some assistance and therapy before returning home.
The 2000 plus square foot addition of therapy gym space will contain strengthening equipment such as a treadmill, weight machines and recumbent bikes.
This month 429 Clay County families are going to be fed thanks to the Project Homestead Food Pantry.
Thatâ€™s roughly 850 family members who are receiving food they would not normally be able to obtain because of the volunteer efforts of those associated with the local food pantry.
Donna Cliett, who has 25 years of experience with the Mississippi State Extension Service and leads the charge at Clay Countyâ€™s food pantry spoke to the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday about the ever-growing need for food and volunteers at the pantry.
Earlier this week, West Point played host to Kosciusko. The Lady Wave could not keep their momentum going Tuesday night as the Lady Whippets defeated West Point 44-35. The Green Wave though got back on track with a huge win over Kosciusko 75-29.
Friday night, West Point travels down Highway 25 to Louisville to take on the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats in what should be two great ballgames.
Oh, God. I thank you today for the power to turn situations around. Wonâ€™t you journey with meâ€¦to the fourth chapter of Daniel? I love this chapter for two reasons. It displays the true heart of man and the unconditional love of God. It tells of King Nebuchadnezzar and his journey as he came into the full knowledge of God. He had heard a lot about the God of Daniel, he knew of his power and his wisdom yet he refused to bow down and serve him. Oh mighty King Neb came to know God the hard way.
Christmas is definitely in the air â€“ especially the airways. Christmas movies are on every channel, interrupted by countless commercials showing the perfect Christmas gift. There are movies about a young boy wanting a husband for his mother, Santa promising a young girl a Christmas boyfriend, and a young soldier receiving a Christmas card from a girl he did not know. The titles go on and on â€“ entertaining, perhaps, but lacking in substance. Even the movies that show right winning over wrong make no mention of the real reason for the season.
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
It started out of Darlene Coxâ€™s small Commerce Street business eight years ago.
Back then, Coxâ€™s Secret Santa program for local kids was a small operation that involved snacks and candy for the children of West Point at Christmas.
Over the years it has evolved into something beyond the nutritionistâ€™s wildest dreams.
â€śLast year was our best year ever,â€ť Cox said on Wednesday morning. â€śWe gave away 2,500 gifts to needy children in West Point.â€ť
Oak Hill Academy senior John Wesley Williamson, West Point High School senior Alexis Smith and Hebron Christian senior Curtis Smith are honored as the West Point Rotary Clubâ€™s Students of the Month on Thursday. Williamson plans to attend Mississippi State to major in Business. He is the president of his class, and he currently owns a small business in West Point. Alexis Smith plans to attend either Ole Miss or Alabama and major in either Physics or Biology with hopes of becoming a Pediatrician.