January 17th, 2013
State Representative David Gibbs age 76, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral services are Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. from Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church with the Rev. Isreal Lee officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today, Friday, January 18, 2013, from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
An issue of â€śHarperâ€™s Weeklyâ€ť once depicted Ulysses S. Grant as a bulldog. President Abraham Lincoln is quoted as ordering Grant â€śhold on with a bull-dog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.â€ť
Today, Mississippi State University stands as the home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, and John F. Marszalek, Ph.D spoke to the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday about the ironic journey the archives took from Southern Illinois University to MSU in 2008.
â€śIt was fate,â€ť Marszalek quipped regarding the above quote and political cartoon.
Church Hill Elementary Principal (back) Cindy Donahoo stands with this monthâ€™s Rotary Club Readers of the Month First Grade student Syndee Johnson (front left) and Second Grade student Kendyl Watson during the clubâ€™s 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 victimâ€™s 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.
â€śNoontime Music at the Libraryâ€ť comes just as advertised on Wednesday at the Bryan Public Library. Above, Justin Estes plays Chopinâ€™s â€śNocturne Oneâ€ť 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 Wednesdayâ€™s meeting. She graduated from West Point High School and received her Bachelorâ€™s 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.