February 12th, 2013
House District 37 Representative Gary Chism brought a little relief to Mississippi drivers on Monday morning when he told Clay County citizens that a recently proposed gasoline tax hike would likely not pass into law.
â€śRepublicans donâ€™t believe in increasing taxes,â€ť Chism told citizens at West Pointâ€™s City Hall. â€śBut there are some Rhinos, Republicans in name only.â€ť
Chism is speaking of Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner for Mississippiâ€™s Central District and Hallâ€™s proposal of a 10 cent increase on the already existing 18.4 cent tax drivers pay when they fill up their tanks.
James L. Davidson age 82, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013, at his home, in West Point.
John W. Herman age 59, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services are Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. from Pleasant Grove Pools M.B. Church with the Rev. James Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Pools Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is Monday, February 11, 2013, from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Marcus R. Sims, age 60, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East, in Memphis, Tenn.
Marcus Randolph Sims was born October 18, 1952, in Bay Springs, to the late Kathryn McMullen and Quitman Reid Sims. Marcus worked with C. C. Clark Land and Wildlife as a manager since 2007. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Marcus R. Sims married Donna Leah DeLoach November 19, 1972, at Siloam.
â€śThese are the times that try menâ€™s souls.....â€ť
These words by Thomas Paine so many years ago continue to echo true to this day. Although we are not today engaged in a fight for our nationâ€™s independence from a foreign power or on the brink of possible military defeat as we were when Paine wrote these words over 200 years ago, we still, nevertheless, today face many obstacles as a nation and as a people that continue to â€śtry our souls.â€ť
â€śIf education is beaten by training, civilization dies.â€ť C. S. Lewis
The fight at the Mississippi state capitol this legislative session has been the battle between the establishment progressive education system and the â€śeducation reformâ€ť laws that have been touted as the free-market answer to failing school districts.
Behind the political war, there is a greater battle that involves the minds and very souls of the children our lawmakers claim to be fighting for.
This is a war between education and training.
Mardi Gras is in full swing with its parades, beads, floats, king cakes and everything decked in purple and gold. The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is having a pancake supper to celebrate Shrove or Fat Tuesday, February 12, at 6 p.m..
West Point will have more than their hands full when they travel over to New Hope High School tonight.
The Green Wave, under the direction of head coach Brad Cox, will have to enter into enemy territory for opening round play of the district 2 5-A tournament. Not only will the gym be unfamiliar, but it is also the home gym of the New Hope Trojans, the Waveâ€™s opening round opponent.
Hebron Christian came into the district 3-A tournament after a full week off from competition on the court. After accumulating a 7-1 record in district, the Eagles had earned the second seed for the district tournament and headed into Mathiston with a three-game varsity winning streak.
The second-seed matched Hebron with third-seed Calhoun Academy in the opening round Friday night. The Eagles had dominated the Cougars during the regular season picking up two wins over Calhoun in region play.
The Lady Eagles began their postseason quest in Mathiston on the campus of Woods Institute this past Friday and Saturday. In the first step for a chance to make the MAIS Single-A State Tournament, Hebron Christian took on fellow district-mates in the district 3A Tournament.
Hebron could not have asked for a better time to start their postseason as the Lady Eagles were carrying a three-game varsity winning streak and playing some of their best basketball thus far in the season.