February 12th, 2013
First United Methodist Child Development Center teacher Anneishia Bobo holds hands with students (from right) Lillie Davis, Lilah Blakeney, Audrey Anna McVay, Hatcher Cunningham and Hannah Miller during Tuesday morningâ€™s Mardis Gras Parade on Commerce Street. Photo by Bryan Davis
The time to qualify to run for the vacant House District 36 seat has passed.
Tuesday was the final day that eligible citizens in the had the opportunity to file qualifying papers, and the day closed with the already half dozen candidates that had filed by late last week.
It is still a healthy group that is running, and Clay County dominates the pack with five of the six candidates.
Mississippi drivers who do not possess liability insurance on their vehicles may have to pay one way or the other starting July 1.
House District 37 Representative Gary Chism said on Monday morning that the Public Safety Verification Enforcement bill that he has supported for years is supposed to go into effect and if so will result in fines for drivers in the state that refuse to comply with purchasing the insurance.
In the event of a car accident, liability covers costs to the victim and that personâ€™s property who is not at fault.
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..