August 16th, 2011
Jo Gillespie, age 73, passed away, Monday, August 15, 2011, at her home, in West Point. Jo Ellen
Roberts Gillespie was born November 2, 1937, in Pontotoc, Miss. to the late Irene Tutor and Edgar Roberts. She was a Machine Operator at West Point Casket Company and most recently as a court bailiff for the Clay County Sheriff Department and was a member of West End Baptist Church. Jo Roberts Gillespie married Glenn Gillespie on April 24, 1954, in Pontotoc, he preceded her on December 9, 2006.
STARKVILLE - The West Point Green Wave had their first taste of live football Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium, and although they came out with a 21-20 loss to long time rival Louisville in the first game of the 10-team jamboree, head coach Chris Chambless knows it was a just a measuring stick to see where they are heading into the opening week.
COLUMBUS - Oak Hill finally hit the grid-iron Thursday night, their first taste of action at the Heritage Academy jamboree.
"We did about as expected," first year head coach Benjie Merchant said.
The Raiders lost to Bessemer Academy (Ala.) 14-0 in the first game and then lost 13-0 against Tuscaloosa Christian, both among the best in the Alabama Independent Schools Association.
"We played a real good team in Bessemer," Merchant said."We were playing out of our league. They had athletes everywhere. I think once we get back in our own league we'll be okay."
In their first game in nearly a week, the Oak Hill Lady Raiders softball team held on for as long as they could Thursday night before finally breaking in the fifth inning and falling to Canton 5-0 in district play.
Oak Hill falls to 5-4 on the year.
The first five innings lasted nearly an hour and both teams had failed to score a run.
Canton finally broke the deadlock in the home half of the fifth inning scoring four unearned runs on two hits and three Oak Hill defensive errors. They added another unearned run in the sixth inning.
West Point will be one of 10 teams on hand Saturday at Mississippi Stateâ€™s Davis Wade Stadium to provide a little preview of whatâ€™s to come for the 2011 football season.
Hosted by New Hope High School, the jamboree kicks off at 11 a.m. when the two-time defending 5A state champions Green Wave take on Louisville. The two teams, once long time rivals on the field, havenâ€™t met since 2006.
Head coach Chris Chambless said it gives the team a chance to get accustomed to the game-day operations throughout the season.
Bertha A. Dill
Bertha A. Dill, age 89, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at West Point Community Living Center.
Bertha A. Dill was born Nov. 17, 1921, in Oktibbeha County to the late Ethel Mullins and Tommy Lee Adams. She was the former owner of Dill Nursing Home and a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a member of First Baptist Church of West Point.
Graveside Services are 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at West Point Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating.
Visitation is Friday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home.
The season doesn't officially get under way for another week, but Oak Hill Academy will get their first taste of competition Thursday afternoon when they play in the Heritage Academy Jamboree in Columbus.
The Raiders have been working tirelessly under new head coach Benjie Merchant for the last two weeks, getting in shape while understanding the playbook. Merchant says the boys are ready to hit somebody else instead of themselves.
"Yea, I think we're ready to go," he said. "I just don't know how much will power we have, but we'll find out after Thursday."
After a recommendation by the West Point Public Safety Committee, Tim Brinkley was hired Tuesday night as the chief of police for the West Point Police Department by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen.
Brinkley, a native of Tupelo, who currently serves as the assistant chief of the Law Enforcement Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will begin as chief of police on Sept.1, taking the place of interim police chief Bobby Lane.
Hebron Christian School moved back to the win column on Monday after a 4-1 victorty over Central Academy to start district play.
Holly Hudson and Beverly Blake each had a pair of hits and a run to lead the Lady Eagles who are coming off a tough loss to Heritage Academy last Thursday.
Hudson singled in the first inning and would later score on a single by Chloe Tapley following a throwing error. The Lady Eagles doubled their lead in the second after Brooke Griffin walked and later scored.
There is no question this has been a hot summer.
With football practice is in full swing for area teams, both players and coaches are doing their best to try and beat the heat.
So far this preseason, three players have died from heat related illnesses in the southeast, two in Georgia and one in South Carolina, where temperatures and heat index have risen to triple figures.
Local high schools that are preparing for the upcoming season have dealt with these issues in a different ways.