October 15th, 2013
BY JUSTIN MINYARD
If one happens to stroll by the West Point Police Department Saturday morning, he or she might notice something amiss taking place in the parking lot for all to see.
Rest assured, it will not be a crime scene. Those typically arenâ€™t scheduled in advance.
Take a few, maybe even 10 or 20, steps toward the gathering and lend an observational eye.
Those are bike helmets, and thereâ€™s not a single price tag on the lot of them.
Children with bikes but no helmet are the focus of a cooperative effort by both the city and WPPD.
The Golden Triangle Development LINK has hit a crossroads in light of a recent vacancy of the Vice President of Economic Development position in Clay County.
Previous occupant of the position, Ron Maloney, was part of the collective which assisted in bringing about the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Plant to boost West Pointâ€™s industrial presence on the national stage. However, Maloney recently accepted a position in his hometown of Pennsylvania.
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It is shaping up to be a busy week for Oak Hill senior Maegan Ellis.
Like any high school Homecoming maid, Ellis is having to decide on a dress to wear during the festivities on Friday â€“ though her mother, Gigi, said one dress was already selected. The dress right now though is paired with a pair of cleats, an aluminum bat and a leather glove, as Ellis was selected to represent Oak Hill in the MAIS annual All-Star Softball event today at Jackson Prep in Flowood.
â€śWe do have a dress picked out,â€ť Gigi said. â€śThe only thing is can we find some time for school this week.â€ť
Teachers and principals of West Point School District elementary schools met after school Monday to hear Carol W. Paola, Mississippi Association for Gifted Children executive director, talk about how important the gifted program is to elementary students who qualify.
The West Point Police Department is expecting to welcome a new member to the family in the not-so-distant future.
Many thanks to a grant awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) Hiring Program (culminating to CHP), the WPPD achieved what, for the longest time, seemed like a pipe dream, said WPP Chief Tim Brinkley.
In words of folk legend Bob Dylan, â€śYou better start swimminâ€™ or youâ€™ll sink like a stone, for the times, they are a changinâ€™,â€ť at least thatâ€™s how West Point Growth Alliance Director Cynthia Wilson looks at it. As such, Wilson and the Growth Alliance are actively promoting C Spireâ€™s newly announced 1-gigabit fiber to home initiative, in hopes of keeping West Point up to speed on changing technology and more competitive in the world of economic development.
Jeanette Woods age 58, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at the DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Funeral services are Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. from Pleasant Grove Poolâ€™s M.B. Church with Rev. James A. Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Poolâ€™s Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, from 3-6 p.m. at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
The West Point Green Wave's second-half rally fell short against a rising Clarksdale Wildcat team as West Point lost its second consecutive District 1-5A game, 39-34, Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
BY WILL NATIONS
YAZOO CITY â€“ Five first-half rushing touchdowns helped the Oak Hill Raiders (4-3; 2-1) rout the Manchester Academy Mavericks (1-6; 0-2) 47-6 in a MAIS District 2-AA contest Friday at Buster Crawford Stadium on the campus of Manchester Academy.
In a season-high offensive performance, the Raider rushing attack tallied 39 carries for 457 yards on the ground. The 457-yard rushing total is the most gained on the ground under second-year head coach Daniel Merchant.
By Donna Summerall
Charles Reagan Wilson will speak on all things Southern Wednesday at Luncheon with Books. The event takes place at noon in the Esther Pippen room of the Bryan Public Library, and is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Lunch is available for a $6 donation.