November 6th, 2012
Tuesday morning was busy for voters in Clay County. Clear skies made for a good early turnout.
Coming in the door to his precinct in the early-morning hours was John Jackson, a Civil Rights Icon in Clay County who led initiatives in the 1960s to integrate the local school system and secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
Now at 89, Jackson seems dismayed at the state of politics and the rise of division in America.
On Tuesday morning, Jackson spoke with Daily Times Leader correspondent Darlene Cox about the state of the union.
Poll workers are reporting steady lines of voters here in West Point today. At noon, just one set of workers at the Henry Harris Building, a voting precinct in West Point were reporting that nearly 300 voters had signed in a voted today so far.
In the picture, Kelley Nevels (left) and Britany Terry let voters know they are in the right place at the Henry Harris Building on Court Street.
Just so the voters of Clay County know, absolutely no Voter ID is required to vote in the election today.
There has been some apparent confusion around the state regarding Voter ID and whether it is necessary for voters to present a form of identification at the polls on November 6, 2012.
There is no law requiring such a presentation.
If you are a registered and eligible voter do not let the lack of an ID hinder you from exercising your right to vote today.
â€śChallenging, good, interesting and also rewarding.â€ť
These are just some of the adjectives Sandra Davenport, who has served as District 3 Clay County School Board member for two terms, used to describe her time as representative of West Clay Elementary School.
And now, with confidence in her educational arena background and community support, Davenport is aiming once again for another term to serve parents and students of the Clay County School District.
After a two-hour bus ride to Batesville, Mississippi, the Raiders knew it would be an all or nothing battle ahead of them against the MAIS AA #4 North Delta Green Wave. Oak Hill hoped to play the role of giant killers on Friday night in the first-round playoff clash.
Score early, score late and dominate all four quarters on defense is one way to get the job done in football.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2; 7-0) employed that strategy on Friday night, defeating the New Hope Trojans 38-7.
This concluded the Green Wave 2012 regular season, one that boasts nine strong wins, seven of which were division victories, including a district clincher last week against Oxford.
West Point finds itself in what has become the norm for the Green Wave program over the past few seasons. The team will enter into the first round of the playoffs next week at home.
Josiah Coleman has a pedigree that runs deep with Mississippi law and politics.
He is the grandson of former Governor and Judge, J.P. Coleman and the son of retired Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Coleman.
He does not try to shy away from his family history. It's something that he's very proud of, but it's not the blood running in Coleman's veins that makes the 39 year-old law veteran believe he's qualified for the spot on the Mississippi Supreme Court that will be decided on Tuesday.
Ackerman native Tommy Coleman may be a familiar face to many in Clay County, having served 28 years as a Mississippi state trooper in this area shortly after moving to West Point in 1982.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-6; 2-3) had a tough loss on Friday night to the No. 4 ranked team in AA ball at North Delta Academy.
North Delta defeated the Raiders 42-14.
The Raiders two scores came after halftime, where they trailed 42-0 after two quarters of play.
The Raiders had end a remarkable turn-around season after losing all of their games in 2011. This was the most wins by Oak Hill since 2006 and the first playoff appearance since 2009, this all coming under new head coach Daniel Merchant.
Read more about Oak Hill's final game in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2;7-0) got a chance to rest some key players before next week's opening round of the 5A playoffs.
The back-ups played solid ball, and the visiting West Point team took down their final division opponent 38-7 at New Hope.
West Point finishes the season undefeated in the district.
Scoring early and dominating the entire game on defense, West Point scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 25-0 at the half.
Two late touchdowns by some up and coming players led to the final score.