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West Clay hosts food drives

December 29, 2012

America Reads tutors at West Clay Elementary School decided to teach the students about the true meaning of Christmas. Beverly McKinney and Wyvonia Webb organized a Can Food Drive to help the student to realize the importance of giving back. The drive was held December 10 - 21. The students at West Clay Elementary did a fantastic job. They collected a total of 240 cans of food items to be given to the Clay County Food Pantry to assist those who are less fortunate. Submitted Photo

Unique Christmas present reflects a grateful heart

December 29, 2012

WEST POINT, -Justin Wofford got possibly the most unusual Christmas present ever from his new friend, Jimmy Gentry of Las Vegas. But it’s one that he nor Gentry will ever forget.
Gentry, 46, grew up in Los Angeles, moved to Tampa, Fla., and then settled in Las Vegas about eight years ago. His parents, Bill and Sandy, retired to West Point several years ago.

Refuge youth warm up to SKWFS

December 29, 2012

Main Street Market donates proceeds from photos with Santa

December 26, 2012

Main St. Market was the place to be December 17, to have children’s photos taken with Santa. The $5 donation for the photo was earmarked to the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter. Carol Lummus of the New Main St. Market is happy to present a check for over $250 to animal shelter director Lisa Henley. Photo by Donna Summerall

Dyess addresses ROTC graduates at Mississippi State commencement

December 21, 2012

“Mission first, people always.”
Mississippi State University ROTC graduates repeated those words many times on Friday morning, as retired Col. Dwight Dyess stressed their importance to the cadets who received their first salutes as Second Lieutenants during the ceremony.
Dyess, who heads BancorpSouth in West Point, also serves as the Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army for the state.
His short but powerful commencement address drew from his years as a commander and a special forces solider.

Meeting a true hero: Moment with Inouye remains etched in Dyess’ memory

December 18, 2012

Daniel Inouye was not that far removed from his parents’ native land of Japan when Japanese air forces attacked Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. A second generation Japanese-American, Inouye was born on September 7, 1924 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Inouye passed away on Monday at the age of 88. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1963 until his death.

Dealing with the loss of a child at Christmas

December 18, 2012

This is not an easy subject to talk about at any time of year, but Christmas seems the most difficult time to try and wrap our minds around this while trying to deal with all of the“Whys.”
Seven years after loosing our son, we still have never found that answer, and after reading books and all of the prayer we will never know that most wanted answer to that question.

Pet of the week

December 18, 2012

Prissy. a seven week old, female beagle mix puppy is ready to be adopted from the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter. Prissy and her four siblings are very sweet, social puppies, they love to be petted and played with. They have had their first puppy shots and have been wormed. The shelter has over 16 puppies, different colors and types who would make wonderful companions. The shelter will be open Saturday 9 a.m. - noon and will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas. Normal operation times resume Wednesday.

4-County answers Marines’ call of Christmas duty

December 17, 2012

Christmas will be a little brighter for some area families thanks to the efforts of 4-County employees and members. For the fourth straight year, employees and members representing the cooperative’s Corporate Center and five Customer Service Centers dug deep and offered their time and money to do some Christmas shopping for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The efforts were a big success. Nearly 250 toys and over $400 in donations were collected. The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots personnel throughout the cooperative’s eight-county service territory.

Special: WPSD Superintendent McDonald addresses community on Connecticut shooting

December 17, 2012

At a time of the year when we are thinking about the joy of Christmas and looking forward to sharing with family and friends the holiday cheer, our country mourns the loss of innocent children and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
As superintendent and a parent, I too immediately think about what ifs as it applies to students and faculty safety in our schools. I assure you the parents and community that student safety is our number one goal.

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