January 12th, 2013
â€śTo me, Howlinâ€™ Wolf was a true Delta bluesman.â€ť
Grammy-nominated, veteran musician and Delta native Lamar Thomasâ€™ phonebook-sized historical commentary on the origins of American music contains biographies and Thomasâ€™ own feelings on just about every person who ever came in contact with the Blues.
The Clarksdale native puts American music into perspective in the vast volume.
In 2013, the Commerce Street building where â€śMcClure Furnitureâ€ť use to operate will be renovated and converted into a multi-purpose building designed to celebrate the arts in this community.
Along with other forms of art, this will be the new home of the Howlinâ€™ Wolf Museum.
The community has come together to support this project, which could lead to a significant increase in tourism and tourism dollars in West Point.
There are those outside of the community too that are going to be helping to make this endeavor become a reality.
The West Point/Clay County Arts Council is giving 2013 a classy jump start.
The first Noontime Music at the Library will be held on Wednesday, and it will feature classically trained pianist Justin Estes, who will play tunes throughout the lunch hour.
Attendees are asked to bring a lunch, and the Arts Council will provide desserts and drinks.
This relaxing hour of music will be done in partnership with the Bryan Public Library, and it will be held in the Ester Pippen room.
Estes will be entertaining guests on the grand piano donated by Music Coterie.
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.