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Events set for celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 14, 2013

Event coordinators hope West Point’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is going to be a special one this year.
January 21 will be a day of festivities, marking not only King’s life but also the President Barack Obama’s re-election to the presidency.
“This year the celebration will coincide with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America,” said Event Coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones in a press release on Monday. “The theme for this year’s celebration, according to Jones, is “Continuing the Legacy.”

Daily Times Leader partners with Food Pantry

January 14, 2013

Thanksgiving and Christmas are now behind, and folks are settling back into normal routines.
Those two holidays typically bring a large spike in the number of canned food drives in any community.
Thousands of people are fed during the holiday season each year thanks to the generosity of individuals during those drives.
The Project Homestead Food Pantry in West Point, however, is in constant need of food donations and labor to help deliver and organize food products.
Now serving over 400 families in Clay County, the Food Pantry feeds over 800 people each month.

Delta native highlights Howlin’ Wolf and other legends in new book on the Blues

January 12, 2013

“To me, Howlin’ Wolf was a true Delta bluesman.”
Grammy-nominated, veteran musician and Delta native Lamar Thomas’ phonebook-sized historical commentary on the origins of American music contains biographies and Thomas’ 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.

MSU architecture students offer hand in McClure renovation

January 12, 2013

In 2013, the Commerce Street building where “McClure Furniture” 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 Howlin’ 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.

Estes set for “noontime” performance at Bryan Library on Wednesday

January 12, 2013

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.

Nesbitt leads the Cherubs rhythm section

January 10, 2013

First Grade Church Hill student Jabari Nesbitt keeps perfect timing during the Church Hill Cherubs’ performance at the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday. Photo by Bryan Davis

Pilot Club holds box supper auction

January 9, 2013

The Pilot Club of West Point met Tuesday night to discuss ad and ticket sales for the upcoming Legends event scheduled for March 2. This years theme is “One Hit Wonders” and the venue is changing from The Civic to the Community Counseling Services Auditorium, formerly the gymnasium on the Mary Holmes College campus. The pilots are hoping for a large turnout from the community for the night of fun, music and entertainment.

Jones: Notes from a gullible skeptic

January 9, 2013

I was born a skeptic. The weather man says it will snow and I scoff because frankly, it typically only snows when there has been no mention of it in the forecast.
The guy from the “Guvment” says he’s here to help and I let out a unladylike hoot, because we all know that’s unlikely.
But on the road to skepticism I’ve had to pass through the valley ofgullibility which materializes when I hear about something healthy that is also fun and tasty.

Memories of lost loved ones alive through Palestine tree of lights

January 8, 2013

The Palestine United Methodist Church Christmas Tree was lit brighter than ever in 2012, with many Clay County citizens dedicating a lit ornament to lost loved ones. The following is a list of those who gave and those who received the dedication.
Catherine Rape, Noel Rape and Estell Huffman had lights given by Missy Norwood.
Charsie Walker, Charlie Coggins, Mattie Pearl Coggins, Diane Gill, John Paul Gill and Crystal Ann Mathis had lights given by Lowell Walker.
Mr./Mrs. Mac Pate and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brock had lights given by Mr./Mrs. Gary Brock.

Pet of the Week

January 8, 2013

Sugar is a female terrier mix, approximately 10 -12 weeks old. She has had her puppy shots, been wormed and is scheduled to be spayed later this month. Sugar is a playful bundle of energy and loves interacting with people. If you would like to make Sugar or any of the puppies and dogs at the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, a member of your family, come by Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - noon or call 524-4430. Photo by Donna Summerall

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