October 30th, 2012
Some big and powerful people filled the Civic Center on Tuesday night for the much-anticipated unveiling of the Prairie Belt PowerSite that economic developers hope one day will house a billion dollar industry and provide hundreds of jobs to people in this region.
Heidi Smith with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Steve Wallace with the Tombigbee River Valley Management Association and Jim Parker with the Mississippi Development Authority all spoke to the crowd that exceeded 300 people from the community and surrounding area.
The Prairie Belt PowerSite has made its world debut. Now the economic development team that made all of it possible will go to work trying to land an industrial project that will bring jobs to West Point.
A number of high-powered local and state officials were on hand to unveil the 1,100 acre powersite on Tuesday evening.
More than 300 people from the community and surrounding counties showed up to see the much-anticipated site as well.
It was a long ride home for the thousands of Mississippi State fans who believed prior to the 7:30 start of Saturdayâ€™s ballgame that the Bulldogs would be 8-0 and ranked in the top five in the nation after beating No. 1 Alabama.
It did not work out that way, but all was not a loss for state fans.
At the high school level, north Mississippi boasts teams like West Point, Noxubee County, Starkville and Oxford.
At the junior college level, this area of the state has East Mississippi Community College, which is ranked in the top five in the nation.
Go to the next level and Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the premier college programs in Mississippi in 2012.
West Point, MS, October 29, 2012: Â On Saturday October 28 officers of the West Point Police Department responded to an E911 call to Stop One Deli on the corner of Division and Bugg Street. Â Upon arrival officers discovered that a man had been involved in an altercation with three females and was suffering from a stab wound to the chest. Â
The LINK will unveil the Prairie Belt Powersite on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at the Civic at 5:30 p.m. Along with the site comes a video a little over two minutes long about our site. Take a look at the 30 second teaser by following the link below.
First thingâ€™s first.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-5; 2-3) had to defeat Immanuel Christian (3-7; 0-5) on Friday night to even have a shot at a playoff berth.
Mark that one off the checklist. The Raiders slid by Immanuel 20-19 on a cold, windy and slightly rainy Friday night.
Next order of business was to keep an eye on the scoreboard from around the state because a wild card berth would have to come at the hands of Winston Academy and Manchester Academy loses to Leake and Canton respectively.
It had to happen exactly how it happened.
Oak Hill Academy (6-5; 2-3) took care of business against Immanuel Christian 20-19.
Leake and Canton both won their games, and that not only secures a winning season for Oak Hill for the first time since 2006, but it puts them in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Congratulations to Coach Daniel Merchant, the players and the Oak Hill family. This is a truly great accomplishment.
More on this story in Sunday's paper.
The West Point Green Wave (8-2; 6-0) defeated the Oxford Chargers (9-1; 5-1) on Friday night to capture the District Championship.
Oxford and West Point exchanged blows early with touchdowns, but the Green Wave pulled away with 35 points in the first half. The final was 35-21.
More on this game tomorrow on the website and extended coverage will appear in Sunday's paper.
Tons of molten metal poured from the ladles inside the Severstal Columbus steel plant on Monday. The liquid that was seen pouring from the giant containers would just two hours later become about eight rolls of metal sheets that will be shipped to firms all around the country.
County and city leaders were treated to seeing the day-to-day process of making steel, but more importantly, they were treated to seeing what a large and operational industrial site looks like.