June 24th, 2011
Itâ€™s time to bring the heat.
The West Point based Mississippi Heat traveling basketball team have been lighting up opponents this season, compiling a 12-4 record overall and earning second, third and first place finishes in their last three tournaments this summer.
As part of Mid-America Youth Basketball, which has been organizing and promoting youth basketball tournaments since 1993, the Heat have been a stable in the organization for the last seven years under head coach Oliver Johnson.
The 2011-12 basketball season isnâ€™t until November, but the Lady Eagles at Hebron Christian School have already been hitting the court.
Head coach William Cotton, who replaced Greg Watkins, says there will be a new philosophy in the minds of the players, a key component that was missing from the a team that lost just five games last season.
â€śIâ€™m trying to establish a new work ethic,â€ť he said. â€śAnd become a little bit of a more high energy and high intensity basketball team. Iâ€™m a pressure coach. I believe you teach kids to apply pressure they can take pressure.â€ť
John Cox Sr.
John Cox Sr., age 67. passed away Monday, June 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. from Fountain Head M.B. Church, with the Rev. Donald Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, June 24, 2011, from 5 â€“ 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in the J.F. Carter Memorial Chapel.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The unsuspecting rain this week throughout the region put Oak Hillâ€™s summer softball games on hold, but as head coach Marion Bratton explained, it wasnâ€™t the first obstacle they needed to overcome.
The Lady Raiders were all set to play in a league with surrounding teams at the sports complex in Starkville, but after teams pulled out and decided to play close to home, Oak Hill did the same. Working with a few area teams, the group decided to do a home and home series.
A 4-County lineman is recovering in a Jackson area hospital after an electrical accident Wednesday.
The lineman was injured while working in Clay County Wednesday morning and was taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was later transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Brandon for observation. He is alert and conscious and was taken to the burn center as a precaution.
4-County CEO/General Manager Joe Cade said the cooperativeâ€™s focus is on the injured lineman.
Griffith Robert Jones
Griffith Robert Jones peacefully passed away at home in his sleep Tuesday, June 14, 2011.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection of Starkville. Interment will follow the service in the Columbarium Niche at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.
Visitation is Friday, June 24, 2011, between 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home.
You may go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
After being on the run from police for four days, 24-year-old Amonty Young turned himself in around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, according to chief deputy Eddie Scott.
Young's escape from the Clay County jail's exercise yard on June 17 was his second time in about two years that he had escaped from confinement at the jail. Young was able to escape on Friday by disassembling part of interior gate fencing that was covered with razor wire and climbing over the exterior gate.
Several of the state's top amateur players will once again tackle Old Waverly Golf Course Wednesday eying a spot in the Southern Golf Association Southern Amateur championship next month in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The 24-man field has players from all-across the region including Texas, Alabama and Georgia. The top three leaders after the one day event will qualify for the championship.
A.K. Tribble, age 89, of West Point, died Friday June 17, 2011, at West Point Community Living Center.
A.K. Tribble was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Cedar Bluff, to the late Leona Williams and A. K. Tribble Sr. He served in the USMC 6th Marine Division and was a veteran of WWII. He was a business man and former owner of West Point Flower Shop. Mr. Tribble was a member of First Presbyterian Church, EPC and a Mason, Masonic Lodge # 40.
Preparations are underway here in West Point as the town gets ready to host a 2011 Dizzy Dean state softball tournament in July.
The eight-team field, representing Fulton, Bruce, Mathison, Louisville, Aberdeen, Eupora and Saltillo, starts July at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex. The winner will advance to the 2011 World Series held at Green Book Park in Southaven.
Preparations are underway for all the necessities needed to host a tournament of this size including field preparation, event staffing for concessions and tickets and umpires.