July 29th, 2011
Dozens of West Point kids laced up their soccer cleats and strapped up their shin pads Friday morning to learn the world's most popular game.
Kids ranging from ages 4-18 participated in the roughly two-hour coaching clinic, hosted by world renown Coerver (Co-Ver) Coaching, at the old fair grounds by the central office for Parks and Recreation. Broken up into groups, the players were taught basic dribbling and controlling skills.
Organizer and president of the West Point Soccer Organization, Thomas Easterling said he was very happy with the turnout despite a little rain in the area.
Mary Simmons Taylor
Mary Simmons Taylor, age 84, passed away, July 13, 2011, at the Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Mary Simmons Taylor was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Clay County, Miss., to the late Susie Mae Myers and Ralph W. Simmons. She was a Laboratory Technician and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
There will be no funeral services. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Her remains were donated to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.
Peggy Marlene Edwards Johnson
Peggy Marlene Edwards Johnson, age 78, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, after a brief illness.
Darryl Eugene McCreary
Darryl Eugene McCreary Sr., age 60, of Cleveland, Miss., died in an airplane accident in Leflore County, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
Funeral services are Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Ray Funeral Home, with visitation at 1:30 â€“ 3 p.m. before the service. Burial will follow at Beulah Cemetery at Beulah, Miss. The Reverend Clarence Edwards of Boyle, Miss., will officiate.
Mr. McCreary was born in Rosedale, Miss., August 23, 1950, to Eugene Marion McCreary and Mildred Stubbs McCreary. He married Susan Adele Sims in Cleveland, Miss., June 8, 1969.
Football may be just a around the corner, but prep softball starts Friday for area teams.
Both Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School softball teams hit the diamond to kick off the 2011-12 season.
Oak Hill had a few speed bumps early in the summer after a summer league they were slated to play in fell through, yet they still managed to play as a unit against several area teams for a home-and-home series. Because of summer camps and other activities head coach Marion Bratton had a hard time getting all the girls together, several of whom have never played under him.
Dozens of future Green Wave turned out this week for a three-day youth football camp hosted by West Point High School.
Athletes, ranging from ages 7 and up, had individual and group sessions with players and coaches from the football program. But it wasnâ€™t all about football.
â€śIt was a great turnout, especially with the youth aged campers,â€ť varsity running backs coach Josh Pulphus said. â€śThey received a lot of instruction about academics, being good role models for other students and trying to stay humble.â€ť
While local high schools strap on the pads and helmets in preparation for another exciting football season, Friday, area kids and parents will lace up the cleats to learn the basics of futbol; you know soccer.
The West Point Soccer Organization and the West Point Parks and Recreation Department have teamed together to provide a free Coerver Coaching skills clinic starting at 10am near the main office for the parks and recreation department.
Oak Hill Academy head football coach Benjie Merchant is getting excited about his first season with the Raiders. Despite the heat during the first week of practice, the players he said, have adjusted well.
â€śCanâ€™t be more pleased with them,â€ť Merchant said. â€śTheyâ€™ve done everything weâ€™ve asked all through the summer up until now.â€ť
The Raiders have been working out twice a day, with a morning workout before putting on the helmets for an hour and half session in the afternoon. Temperatures this week have been in the mid to upper 90â€™s,
The Hebron Christian Eagles got fall camp underway Monday evening under first year head coach Tri Nason.
Nason, who was promoted to head coach after being an assistant in 2010, said because of the size of the roster right now it may look like the Eagles will have to drop down to eight man football.
"The first day went pretty good," he said. "But we're counting on going to eight-man this season. Practice did look good the first day."
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin, age 87, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home.
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin was born June 4, 1924, in Charleston, W.V., to the late Gladys Rice and Joseph Stephenson. She served in the U.S. Navy in the Waves corp. during WWII. She loved Bowling and golf.
Graveside services are today, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating.
She is survived by her sister in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Buck Harmon.