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After two years, Harris still remembered fondly by friends and family

January 26, 2013

When Wayne and Loretta Vice said goodbye to their friends of 41 years Sherree and Carl Harris after a New Year’s visit in 2011, they had no idea it was the last time they would see Carl alive.
On January 26, 2011, the dedicated husband and Air Force veteran suffered a massive heart attack and died.
It was sudden, and the pain is still with all of the friends and family he left behind.
“I still miss him today,” Wayne Vice said in a phone interview from Louisiana on Friday. “My kids still miss him. They probably loved him as much as we did. He’s still here in our minds.”

Murray, Chandler selected for HOF

January 26, 2013

Archie Anderson “Arch’ Murray never got the chance to enter the race for West Point mayor like he wanted to in 1968.
He passed away on May 25 of that year, but his legacy of commitment to his employees at Babcock and Wilcox Company and to the the West Point/Clay County community make Murray a strong nominee for the West Point Hall of Fame.
Murray will join the HOF posthumously on Thursday night, along with Kyle Chandler III, who remains a vital part of this community.

Brinkley: Slow your roll

January 24, 2013

We are living in a time today that may be described as fast and furious. We eat at fast food restaurants, pay for our groceries in express lanes, have our vehicles serviced at jiffy lubes and get advances on our paychecks at quick cash.
Our fast paced lifestyles have given birth to such names as Stop & Go, Fastbreak, Fastlane, Rapid refund, Quick Keys and B-Quick. Everything we do now is so urgent that it must be done faster than right now.

Rotary Students of the Month

January 24, 2013

Rachel Herndon (left) of Oak Hill Academy and Josh Tucker of West Point High School are presented with awards for being the West Point Rotary Club’s Students of the Month. Photo by Bryan Davis

Brown: Hospice about life, not death

January 24, 2013

Before Steve Brown went to work for Community Hospice in the organization’s marketing department, he thought what many think when they hear the name.
That is that much of what Hospice does has to do with death.
Since going to work at the organization and also seeing what it has done for his own stepfather, Brown sees Hospice in a completely different light.
“It’s really about life, not death,” Brown said to the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday.

Hutchins’ birthday wish to feed the hungry in Clay County

January 23, 2013

If Elliott Hutchins gets his birthday wish, there will be a lot of hungry people fed in Clay County from now until March.
The Church Hill Elementary First Grade student will turn 7 on February 8, and he recently told his mother, Felecia Finley, something a lot of parents do not hear.
“He told me he did not want any birthday presents this year,” Finley said. “He wants people to donate canned goods for the hungry instead.”
Hutchins says that his inspiration came from commercials he saw on the Disney Channel.

Health Science classes prep students for healthcare careers

January 23, 2013

Demontra Ewing dreams of being a radiologist one day.
Besides playing basketball for West Point High School, Shamaya Lyles has her sights set on being an OBGYN.
Just about everyone in Darlene Blaylock’s freshman Health Science class at the West Point School District’s Career and Technology Center wants to enter the healthcare industry in one capacity or another.
Who can blame them?
A degree in radiology alone can fetch six figures at the right healthcare facility. Doctors stand to make even better money over the course of a lifetime.

Loome speaks to Delta Kappa Gamma Society

January 22, 2013

Nancy Loome of The Parents’ Campaign, a Jackson, MIssissippi-based network of over 62,000 Mississippians, was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma Society on Saturday, Jan. 19th, at 10 AM, East Side Elementary. Shown here is (from left) Nancy Loome and Lucille Armstrong, Legislative Chair for the local chapter. Ms. Loome spoke to members about charter school legislation currently before the board as well as other initiative currently being discussed.

Connecting the deficits

January 22, 2013

A new study was released this week that may very well explain what is going on in Washington D.C.
Using this study, a quick diagnosis of Congress, with a heavy dose of medication could turn the tide for the American people and the U.S. economy.
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena says that a study conducted over the last decade reveals a 25 percent jump in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder.
I believe that Washington, as a whole, has ADHD.

100 days of school equals 100 cans

January 21, 2013

The students of Central School in Amy Hazzard’s fifth grade math classes made a project of collecting 100 cans for the 100th day of school. The non-perishable items will go to Project Homestead’s Food Pantry. It was a great way to use real-world math skills and benefit our community. Pictured are, kneeling (from left) Kailey Moore, Kitty Elliott, Hannah Klutts, Simone Cahoune, Kametra Gandy. Back row (from left) Jamarquez Darden, Marques Gardner, Deontae Brooks, Jylon Bluett, Krystian Bennett, Gray Berry and Tyler Smith. Photo by Donna Summerall

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