November 21st, 2013
Sammy J Smith, age 74 died Nov. 18, 2013, at his home in Starkville.
He was a long-time merchant and owner of Smith & Byars Clothiers in Starkville, one of the oldest menâs clothing shops in continuous operation in Mississippi.
There will be a celebration of the life of Melvyn Byrd, who passed away at his home in Russelville Ark. He was formerly of West Point.
The celebration of life will commence at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at West End Baptist Church with Dr. Eddie Gandy of Springhill Fla., officiating.
Family, friends and the West Point High School Class of 1964 are invited to come, share and celebrate the life of Melvyn Byrd.
Shirley A. Featherston, 79, of Brooksville, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Hospice.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Brooksville Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Bro. Ben Yarber and Bro. Jerome Key officiated. Interment followed in Brooksville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to NMMC-Hospice Inpatient, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Cockrell Funeral Home of Macon is in charge of arrangements.
By Will Nations
PHEBA â Rebekah Falkner led the Lady Eagles with 17 points and Hebron Christian (2-0) picked up a win over the Calhoun Lady Cougars, 65-35, in a MAIS basketball game Tuesday on the campus of Hebron Christian School.
Holly Hudson tallied 14 points, Alaina Hill scored 12 points and Subrina Oswalt knocked down 10 points in Hebronâs fifth consecutive win since the second preseason game against Washington School at the Winona Christian Preseason Tournament.
Regan Hubbard led Calhoun with 14 points.
By Donna Summerall
The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club launched one of its new implementations with naming Fifth Street Junior High instructor Pamela Bush Anderson as Civitan âTeacher of the Quarter.; Civitan and former teacher Bettye Swift presented Anderson with a plaque and a gift card to show the Civitanâs appreciation for educators and all they do in instructing young people.
BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Itâs the buzz of the town: right? Will the cityâs selectmen pass a smoke-free ordinance as surrounding cities have? Well, Stephanie Collier, Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition representative, isnât twiddling her thumbs waiting around for a response.
By WILL NATIONS
Sophomore Sarah Dill scored a game-high 17 points and the Oak Hill Lady Raiders (3-2) defeated Carroll Academy in a MAIS non-district basketball game Monday on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
Maegan Ellis added 13 points, and Tanner Grubbs scored 11 points off the bench in the second-quarter alone during the Lady Raiders win following a 60-57 heartbreaking non-district loss to rival Starkville Academy on Thursday.
BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Small, local businesses are vital to fueling and promoting local economic development and certainty. American Express (AE), since 2010, has coined the Saturday following Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday (SBS), which serves to advertise and promote local businesses. And on Nov. 30 this year, the goal is to have as many individuals âshop smallâ in their communities.
The opportunity to emphasize self-sufficiency, said Ron Aldridge, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), simply could not go untapped.
BY MARY GARRISON
The city of West Point is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year: the annual Christmas parade. This yearâs event is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in downtown West Point. However, the parade isnât the only activity residents will have to look forward to that day.
Head Start, Pre-K and Kindergarten students in Clay County are soon to be busy making ornaments for the cityâs Christmas tree, and that morning they will gather in Sally Kate Winters Park to help hang them from its branches.