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October 15th, 2014

VIDEO: SEC Commissioner Mike Slive To Retire In 2015

October 15, 2014

At a Tuesday press conference, Mike Slive announced that he will step down as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, effective July 31, 2015. Slive is the SEC’s seventh commissioner and has held the position since 2002, yet he told that recent health concerns have made him reevaluate his priorities. Slive said, “I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first."

Mary Louise Smith

October 15, 2014

Mary Louise Smith, daughter of the late John Ed and Mary Lou Williams of 422 Clay Street in West Point, passed away Oct. 7t, 2014. She was the mother of the late Tracy H. Smith III. Her surviving daughters are: Cheryl A. Smith (Austin), Ruby A. Smith (Brown) and Johnnie G. Smith. Mary passed away at home in Jonesboro, Ga. surrounded by family. She will be eulogized and laid to rest Saturday, October 18, 2014. The services will be held at 1 p.m. from, Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home, 6580 Church Street, Riverdale, Ga. 30274,.

Joseph Michael ‘Joey’ Raines

October 15, 2014

Joseph Michael “Joey” Raines, age 42, passed away Tuesday. Oct. 14, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

Gail Edwards

October 15, 2014

Gail Edwards, age 57, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Funeral services are noon, Thursday, Oct. 16. 2014, at Union Star M.B. Church with Rev. Eric Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in Union Star M.B. Church Cemetery,
Visitation is 3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

WPHS looking to shed priority status

October 15, 2014


West Point High School was classified as a priority school by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) three years ago, and school officials anticipate dropping that status after this school year.
According to MDE’s website, the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as schools with graduation rates below 60 percent, are classified as priority schools.

Arts Council plans Halloween gala

October 15, 2014


The West Point Clay County Arts Council isn’t wasting any time in its new Louise Campbell Center for the Arts. The group has begun planning its first major event since the center’s grand opening last month.

Local gets 30 years for armed robbery

October 15, 2014

DTL staff

A local man was sentenced to more than 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections during Monday’s session of the Clay County Circuit Court term.
Johnny Edwards, 20, of West Point, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and burglary after originally pleading not guilty. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Edwards to serve 30 years for armed robbery, plus a $1,200 fine and $12,724 in restitution.
Coleman sentenced Edwards to seven years for burglary, but suspended five. Edwards will also be required to pay a $1,200 fine in that charge, and will spend a total of 32 years in MDOC.

October 14th

Bobby Lee York

October 14, 2014

Bobby Lee York, age 67, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospita l- Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Mr. Bobby was born July 7, 1947, in Starkville, the son of the late Robert Lee and Geneva Beatrice Ballard York. He retired from Dirt Construction. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and work in his garden. He loved life. He married Marjorie Guest York April 11, 1998, in Starkville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Sue Smith and by brothers: William Randle and George Bruce York.

Maxine McCarter Eacholes

October 14, 2014

Maxine McCarter Eacholes, 57, of West Point died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Chapel in Sturgis.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

WPHS celebrates 'Teen Read Week'

October 14, 2014


Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. West Point High School librarians, Anita Blackwell and Donna Foster are celebrating this year's event by encouraging students to visit the library during the week of Oct. 13-17. This year's theme is: "Turn Dreams into Reality."

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