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Downtown merchants busy with beautification projects

July 30, 2013

A flurry of activity is underway in downtown West Point, as merchants are busy sprucing up their storefronts with planters, tackling repairs, and painting facades.

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Tim Brinkley Appreciation Month

July 26, 2013

Mt. Hermon M.B. Church designated the month of July as Pastor Tim Brinkley Appreciation Month. The Wise Ones Senior Ministry recently hosted a luncheon in recognition of his six years of strong leadership. Area Pastors joined joined together for the luncheon and were unable to attend the Sunday service. Also in attendance were surprise guests Mayor Robbie Robinson, former Police Chief Bill Ladd, Assistant Chief Gary Turner, present and former police officers. A number of them shared fond remembrances of working with Brinkley and offered support for his ministry and community minded mission.

Midsummer mental health tune-up

July 24, 2013

In case you have been wondering why everything in my garden is dead, let me assure you it’s for a good reason. I spent last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with my high school classmates who were celebrating our “senior trip.” My bone-dry underdeveloped tomatoes being eaten by stink bugs were the furthest thing from my mind.

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Oak Hill graduate Pugh finds “Something Bigger” in writing

July 23, 2013

Oak Hill Academy has been an inspiration for two authors in the past five years.
There was Bobby Cole’s reference to the small West Point school in his book “The Dummy Line” in 2008.
While not mentioned in “Something Bigger,” the school certainly played a part in the writing process of author Caroline Pugh.

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Summerall: You should get an owner’s manual

July 19, 2013

I’ve noticed that almost everything you buy comes with a manual. Even things that shouldn’t need one, like a hair dryer. You plug it in, set it on high and flip the button that turns it on. It still comes with instructions telling you that it isn’t a good idea to use this appliance in the shower. I don’t know whether the industry is laughing at us or they really believe that people are that stupid. (If you have had a friend or relative who have succumbed to an unfortunate hair dryer related fatality, you have my condolences.)

Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage may soon affect all

July 17, 2013

As all should be aware by now, the U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling that may soon affect all states in the way they handle laws regarding marriage. Let us take a closer look at the precise ruling in the June 26 case of U.S. v. Windsor.

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The Queen of the Club Ebony comes to Main St. Market

July 16, 2013

How many people can say they brought Blues Legend B.B. King back to Indianola? Mary Shepherd can claim that distinction.

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Martin’s family sure to win civil suit

July 15, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately.
When you’re making the trip from West Point to Jackson, and then from Jackson back to West Point, there’s a lot of “talk radio” to be heard.

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Some days are perfectly ordinary

July 3, 2013

The alarm clock jars you awake and verifies that another day has begun. You stumble into the bathroom, brush your teeth, and make one of two decisions. You either look forward to the day ahead or you are filled with inexplicable dread.

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Pet of the week

July 2, 2013

Jim Beam is an approximately one year old, red doberman mix. He has been neutered and is current on all his shots. Jim gets along well with people and other dogs. The West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter has ten new puppies of all varieties and nine cute kittens. If you would like to adopt Jim Beam or any of the dogs, puppies or kittens at the animal shelter, their hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - noon, or call 524-4430. The animal shelter will be closed Thursday in observance of Independence Day. Photo by Donna Summeralll

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