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August 26th, 2013

Prairie Arts Countdown

August 26, 2013

Prairie Arts is upon us.

In less than a week, thousands of people will fill the area surrounding Commerce Street, celebrating the 35th year of the Prairie Arts Festival.

Vendors with arts and crafts, along with great food and music will service the visitors and hometown folks on Saturday.

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Turnipseed updates on MSU athletics

August 26, 2013

Brock Turnipseed with Mississippi State University Relations spoke on the upcoming year in MSU athletics, citing past successes as the foundation for further development in the program. Turnipseed told Rotarians the department was in the process of trying to “brand the program” through social media initiatives. In particular, Turnipseed said MSU had become the first college in the nation to establish a presence on FanCred, a site that operates much like Twitter, however feeds were specific fan bases.

Oak Hill blanks Hartfield 31-0

August 26, 2013

On a beautiful August evening in front of a standing-room only home crowd, Oak Hill kicked off its season in fine fashion.

Oak Hill’s sophomore Drew Riley and junior Drake Riley were workhorses for the Raiders in their 31-0 win over Hartfield Academy on Friday night.

Sharp and Bolton too much: Victory beats Hebron with two second half touchdowns

August 26, 2013

PHEBA – Victory Christian’s junior running backs Anthony Sharp and Cody Bolton were the one-two punch that the Victory Eagles needed to top Hebron Christian 26-14 on Friday night in Pheba.

After the Victory defense held Hebron on a fourth down conversion attempt at Hebron’s own 36-yard line, Sharp found the end zone in the third quarter on an 18-yard scamper following an 18-yard gain by Bolton to give Victory their first lead of the game on a two-play drive. The lead change came at the 2:41 mark and put Victory up 18-14 in the third period.

Athletes no longer squeaky clean stars

August 26, 2013

Major problems have been arising in the major sport leagues. It seems more illegal activity has been reported in the past four months than since the start of organized sports.

One of today’s biggest problems in the sporting world seems to be with athletes who need an extra “boost” to help improve their game.

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August 23rd

Oak Hill looking to jump start season with win over Hartfield

August 23, 2013

Last season, Drake Riley was the good to fullback for Oak Hill racking up 625 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns rushing.

This fall, Riley hopes to continue the progress he made in his sophomore season with another break-out season.

"I am definitely looking to beat it," Riley said about his stats from last season. "I always want to do better than I did the year before."

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O-line key for Eagle offense in 2013

August 23, 2013

The offensive line may not get the common, individual offensive stats and big, bold headlines that skill position players get on a daily basis, but for the Hebron Christian offensive linemen knowing they were the one's leading the way brings satisfaction.

"Sunday morning when I look into the paper and I see our team had a good running game, I take pride in that," ­Hebron Christian offensive guard and defensive tackle Troy Arnold said. "People that know football know when you have a successful running game — it starts with the offensive line."

Security still top concern at WPSD

August 23, 2013

There is probably an Antionette Tuff at every school in America.

The woman who has been called the hero of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy shooting this week talked Michael Brandon Hill into giving up his weapons and ammunition before he was able to seriously injure anyone at the elementary school.

Tuff is one of the few individuals to ever get inside of the head of a school shooter before he was able to execute his plan of mass murder.

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WPSD hoping to build on last year’s test score growth

August 23, 2013

Not all of the accountability results are in from the Mississippi State Department of Education, but preliminary raw data released this week suggests that the West Point School District will see growth from the 2012-2013 school year.

“We saw growth in every one of our schools,” said WPSD Testing Coordinator Kristopher Hollis. “We saw growth in our MCT testing and our Subject Area Testing.”

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August 22nd

Local group advocates smoke-free West Point

August 22, 2013

Everyone wants the healthiest environment for their children. For this reason, Stephanie Collier project director of Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, wants to help make West Point a smoke-free community. The Tobacco Free Coalition met Wednesday morning at the Bryan Public Library to talk to community leaders, business owners and people who would like to work with the Tobacco Free Coalition. Collier wants to bring a non-smoking ordinance to West Point, much like the one in place in Tupelo and Starkville.

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