January 17th, 2013
Church Hill Elementary Principal (back) Cindy Donahoo stands with this monthâs Rotary Club Readers of the Month First Grade student Syndee Johnson (front left) and Second Grade student Kendyl Watson during the clubâs meeting on Thursday. Photo by Bryan Davis
Early Childhood Educations reforms are currently being pushed at the state level, in attempts to raise education standards and help students read at grade level throughout their time in Mississippi public schools.
The lack of sound reading skills has been touted as a top reason for high dropout rates and low probabilities of success for many students leaving schools after 12 years in this state.
A Houston resident was rushed Thursday afternoon to the Clay County Medical Center after he became trapped by a front end loader that officials say he was working on at the West Point Stockyards.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday when rescue personnel and police were called to the stockyards to try to get the man free from the Bobcat front end loader. The victimâs name is not being released, as the incident remains under investigation.
The first week of the January term of Clay County Circuit Court concludes today with several more cases set to be heard by 16th Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens, who heard many indictments this week and entered several sentencing orders.
One sentencing order that was entered Wednesday involved 28-year-old Johnathan Clint Hill of Maben, who was accused of breaking into Prestage Farms last January with the intention to steal property from the business.
The celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., begins tonight with a black tie banquet at the UFCW Local 1991 Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is West Point School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald. There will be a time of remembrance to honor State Representative David Gibbs, State Senator Bennie Turner, Toy Marshall and Rachael Free by Robert Smith. The night will feature wonderful food, the presentation of the Johnnie Pearl Randle Community Service Award, recognitions and words of praise, honor and encouragement from community leaders.
âNoontime Music at the Libraryâ comes just as advertised on Wednesday at the Bryan Public Library. Above, Justin Estes plays Chopinâs âNocturne Oneâ on the Grand Piano donated to the library by Music Coterie. The West Point/Clay County Arts Council event drew a full room to hear the hour of relaxing classical numbers. Photo by Bryan Davis
The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club was pleased to welcome Brandi Randle-Ryland, a native of West Point, to speak at Wednesdayâs meeting. She graduated from West Point High School and received her Bachelorâs degree from Mississippi State University in Interior Design. She has her own home based business to help with color and fabric inovations.
Donny Weed age 75, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen.
Donald Avery Weed was born December 22, 1937. in Chickasaw County, to the late Lucy Jeanette Boyce and Andrew Melvin Weed. He was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services are Friday, January 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Brock officiating.Â Â Â Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Houston.Â
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Hebron Christianâs Taylor Coggins (#15)takes the ball in the corner against Winona Christian in last Fridayâs game in Winona. The Lady Eagles and Eaglesâ games against Calhoun Academy were postponed Tuesday and have been rescheduled for tonight with junior high action starting at four oâclock in Pheba.
West Pointâs district 2 5-A away game against the Oxford Lady Chargers and Chargers has been rescheduled for Monday February 4. Will Nations
Wednesday morning the University of Oregon had to bid farewell to possibly one of the most important head coaches the Duck football program has ever seen. Chip Kelly put Oregon onto the map as a football powerhouse and a team that could vie BCS National title on any given season. Though stating, in the past couple of weeks, he was going to stay at Oregon, Kelly decided to take up the NFL Philadelphia Eagles on their offer and make his debut in the National Football League.