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June 10th, 2011

McElwain serving up victories on the junior tennis ranks

June 10, 2011

David McElwain is pretty good at tennis. The West Point native is slowing becoming one of the rising junior tennis players in the state.

Currently ranked fifth in the state by tennisrecruiting.com, the 15-year has had plenty of success this year, including his recent win at the Starkville Junior Open in May defeating Austin Paulding, 6-3, 7-6.

Right now he has least ten tournament victories under his belt. The Starkville tournament fielded about a dozen, but McElwain says the bigger tournaments can host as many as 30.

Brozovich leads the field

June 10, 2011

Greenville native Billy Brozovich takes a breather during round two of the 96th Mississippi State Amateur Golf Championship Friday at Old Waverly Golf Course. The Ole Miss Rebel carded a 68 in round one, and is currently -2 on the day and -6 for the championship.

Arthur Lee O'Neal

June 10, 2011

Arthur Lee O'Neal

Arthur Lee O'Neal, age 69, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Oak Grove M.B. Church in Columbus, Miss., Pastor Thomas Cunningham will be officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 2 – 6 p.m. at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Tennis courts are first step in revitalizing city parks

June 10, 2011

In case you didn't notice , the West Point Parks and Recreation Department have started a transformation for all city parks in a new effort to bring more energy, and athletes back to the local parks and it started with the tennis courts.

Local leaders and tennis enthusiasts couldn't decide on whether to expand the courts or not.

Parks director James Crowley says it was a project he wanted to take on when he took the job about five years ago.

WPHS baseball program in full swing

June 10, 2011

Summer baseball is in full swing at West Point High School.

With nearly all their starters returning to the diamond next spring, this summer is the perfect opportunity to tweak a few issues that might have plagued the team in 2010. West Point last season finished 15-12 and were eliminated in the second round of the 5A state playoffs after back-to-back losses to eventual champion Ridgeland.

Green Wave head coach Buddy Weyers and his staff have gone back to a two-team varsity system which allows every kid the chance to play.

June 9th

Anthony Echoles

June 9, 2011

Anthony Echoles

Anthony Echoles, age 40, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Mobile Infirmary Medical Care Center of Mobile, Ala.
Funeral services are today, Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. from The Civic in West Point, Pastor L.T. Gathings will be officiating. Burial will follow in Yeats Cemetery.
Visitation is today, at The Civic, at 10 a.m., one hour prior to services.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Echoles, age 40, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Mobile Infirmary Medical Care Center of Mobile, Ala.

16th Circuit To Initiate Drug Program Late July

June 9, 2011

The 16th District Circuit Court received certification Monday to initiative a drug court program for Clay, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Lowndes Counties that would allow felony drug abusers an opportunity for rehabilitation and a new start in life.
Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard gave an overview of the drug court program Thursday during the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting. Howard said the drug program is being created for adults who have pled guilty to the charge of illegal drug use, not for those who have felony charges for the sale of illegal drugs.

June 8th

Rodeo set for Saturday in Cedar Bluff

June 8, 2011

Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls will be strapping their steers and dusting their hats in preparation for the Mcllwain Junior Rodeo this Saturday at Rockin' Mc Arena in Cedar Bluff on the farm of Jim and Vicki Mcllwain.
Saturday's event is the third in a summer series of rodeos that will be held once a month until August.
Vicki says there are a lot of kids in the area that are interested in participating in rodeos and this is a perfect way to come out and have fun.

Merchant, staff introduced at Oak Hill

June 8, 2011

The Benjie Merchant era has officially begun at Oak Hill Academy.
Tuesday evening, coach Merchant and his new staff were introduced to several parents and students at the football field.
Merchant, a Laurel native, said the opportunity to come back closer to home was just too good to miss.
“The passion for Mississippi football is like no other,” he said. “I missed that.”
Oak Hill headmaster Bill Miley said the school is very excited to have him on board.

Eight Police Cruisers Now Powered By Propane

June 8, 2011

Thousands of dollars are being saved by the city of West Point with the use of propane auto gas in its police vehicles instead of gasoline, which is benefitting the environment and helping the city's economy.
The announcement came Wednesday about the conversion of eight 2009 West Point police cruisers from gasoline to bi-fuel propane from police chief Bobby Lane, assistant chief Avery Cook, mayor Scott Ross and Mark Denton, vice president of business development for Alliance AutoGas.

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