January 12th, 2013
During a slow municipal qualifying week at West Point City Hall another citizen of West Point decided to submit their name late in the week in the pot for the seat of mayor.
That citizen is Darlene Cox, who turned in her qualifying paperwork Thursday to City Hall and hopes to be on the ballot as a democratic candidate for mayor. She plans to face off against incumbent Mayor Scott Ross, who submitted his intention last Monday to rerun for the post.
With the recent passing of District 16 Senator Bennie Turner and an early week announcement that District 36 State Representative David Gibbs wished to resign, many West Point and Clay County leaders had fears that the people they serve would not have adequate representation this year in the state capitol.
Over the last few weeks Clay County Circuit Clerk officials, Circuit Court judges and attorneys have been diligently preparing for the January 2013 term of court, which begins Monday with several murder and aggravated assault cases expected to be heard.
Several of these cases have been continued multiple times due to different circumstances, such as the need for the accused to prepare an effective defense, but at least one case may go to trial this week.
The Lady Eagles of Hebron Christian are coming off their first MAIS district 3-A victory over Central Academy of Macon on Tuesday night. The 42-38 win has brought the Lady Eagles to a 1-3 district record and allows for Hebron to enter the second half of the district schedule with a little more confidence.
Robert F. Cockrell, age 87, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.Â
Funeral services are Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Cairo Cemetery Cairo Community.Â
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.Â Â
First Grade Church Hill student Jabari Nesbitt keeps perfect timing during the Church Hill Cherubsâ€™ performance at the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday. Photo by Bryan Davis
Robert Lee (Rab) Woodard, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, at his home in Houston.
Funeral services are Saturday, January 12. 2013, at 2 p.m. at Centerhill M.B. Church in Houston. Burial will follow in the Palestine Church Cemetery in Van Vleet.
The body will lie at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
The Clay County Sheriff Department needs your help in locating a 2010 Red/Black Polaris 550 Sportsman 4-Wheeler (Serial Number 4XAZN55A0AA004897) that was stolen from a residence on the morning of Jan. 8 on Old Highway 50 East.
Sheriff Eddie Scott stated that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department Investigative Division at 662-494-2896 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
A few weeks ago Clay County District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes advised other Clay County supervisors that the county should not wait around for funding before coming up with a project on which those funds could be used. And Thursday, during the Clay County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ second meeting of the new year, the message was delivered once again.
On Tuesday, West Point Democrat (House District 36) David Gibbs had a hand-written note delivered to Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn explaining that he was resigning from the state legislature after 19 years of representing Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties.
By Wednesday, the legislature, which began a three-month session on Tuesday, was busy researching whether Gibbs' resignation could be rescinded.
According to reports, Gibbs initially resigned due to â€śpoor healthâ€ť on January 8.