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The city of West Point will be closed Tuesday for New Year’s Day but will be open Monday on New Year’s Eve. Garbage that is regularly picked up on Tuesday will be
collected Wednesday. The Clay County Courthouse will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and will reopen for business Wednesday. Garbage will still be
collected in the county on Monday and Tuesday as usual.
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Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
WPPD makes arrest in bomb threat cases
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The pounding rain that
poured all day Friday over Clay
County made for hazardous
traveling conditions and may
have contributed to a two-vehi-
cle accident on Highway 45
Alternate South that resulted in
The accident happened
around 12:00 p.m. in front of
the Mossy Oak Outlet and
involved a 2004 red Kia Rio
occupied by four people and a
2003 tan Honda Acura occu-
pied by two people. According
to the West Point Police
Department, the Rio was trav-
eling south on 45 and the Acura
was making a left turn out of
the Mossy Oak Outlet when the
two vehicles collided.
Driving the Acura was
Truett Ricks, who was trans-
ported by ambulance to the
Sheena Baker
A young female is being prepped Friday for transportation to the Clay County Medical Center after being involved in a two-vehicle car
Deanes suggests
planning well in advance
for improvements
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Clay County District 4
Supervisor Shelton Deanes
had one simple suggestion
Thursday for the Clay County
Board of Supervisors – to plan
financially right now for coun-
ty improvements instead of
waiting on money to come in
before undertaking a project.
Deanes said for far too long
the board has depended solely
on the Golden Triangle
Planning and Development
District to find grants and other
funds for county projects with-
out much effort by supervisors
to find funding. That has to
change, said Deanes, who told
the board they have a much
higher chance at raking in more
dollars for county improve-
ment projects if each supervi-
sor would also work to find
Several improvements for
the county has been discussed,
he said, including making the
new Henry Harris
Administrative Building on
Court Street more of a multi-
functional facility. Right now
the Henry Harris building
serves as a voting precinct for
District 4 and meeting place
for the Clay County Election
Commission, but Deanes said
supervisors have talked about
making the south end of the
Henry Harris complex into a
third courtroom for the county,
utilizing upstairs space for
offices, adding an elevator to
the complex and moving the
board’s meeting room to the
Henry Harris facility, which
Deanes said has ample space.
“Our courthouse is all
jammed up, plus our board-
room is small,” Deanes said.
“These are things I think we
need to start looking at for the
future instead of sitting and
waiting until we get some
money and then start planning.
If you plan before you do
something you know where
your money is going, you know
how you’re going to spend
your money. It’s always some
grant money and stuff coming
up, but if you sit there you’re
not going to be able to get the
money. The money is going to
go to other counties.”
One other idea is construct-
ing more parking spaces around
the Clay County Courthouse.
Deanes suggested that the
board begin holding work ses-
sions to iron out ideas for
improvements to the county
and to talk about how these
projects will be paid for.
“There are so many things
out there that can take place,
but are we ready?” he asked.
“All I’m saying is there are five
men elected who sit around this
table to run this county along
with the chancery clerk,
appointed counsel and sheriff
elected. What we have to do is
let the people know we want to
make things better. We as a
See ‘Gift’ page 10
Shelton Deanes
District 4 Supervisor
Two injured in highway collision
See ‘County’ page 10
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Hard work certainly does pay
off as evidenced Thursday
night by the Criminal
Investigation Division of the
West Point Police Department,
which arrested one individual
from Mississippi in connection
to the recent bomb threats in
the city.
After an intensive investiga-
tion by the WPPD, in coopera-
tion with federal law enforce-
ment agencies and several
wireless service providers,
police were able to nab a sus-
pect, whose identity and place
of incarceration is not being
disclosed at this time.
West Point Chief of Police
Tim Brinkley said disclosing
the name of the suspect and the
place where the subject is being
held may hinder the sensitive
investigation, which is ongo-
ing, and the WPPD does expect
to make more arrests in relation
to the bomb threat incidents.
The suspect was charged
with making a bomb threat,
which Brinkley said carries a
felony penalty. The bond for
the accused was set at $10,000,
but the bond could increase,
Brinkley said, if more charges
are brought against the indi-
“We have evidence to
believe that the person incar-
cerated is responsible for the
Walmart bomb threat, but we’re
checking to see if this person
may be linked to some of the
other threats as well,” Brinkley
said. “Making threats of this
nature is very serious. Federal
investigators are interested in
all cases of this nature because
the potential for mass casual-
ties exists. Even when the
threat turns out not to be a cred-
ible threat, as in no device was
discovered, people who make
these threats don’t understand
that the penalty is about the
same for making a threat as it is
for committing the act.”
Throughout the investiga-
tion, police were able to
unmask the phone number
from which at least one of the
bomb threats in the city were
“This individual is in a lot of
trouble,” he said. “People who
make bomb threats may think
they’re simply playing a harm-
less prank, but they don’t con-
sider the costs of resources and
manpower let alone the incon-
venience that an agency and
community have to endure just
to respond to a threat like that.
I applaud the work of the inves-
tigators who worked diligently
to make an arrest in this case,
and we expect to reveal the
identity of the perpetrator with-
in the next few days.”
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Absentee ballots for the
Senate District 16 Special
Election arrived Thursday to
the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s
Office, and absentee voting
will open Wednesday and be
open for the next two weeks.
Senate District16 absentee
ballots, which will bear the
names of Clay County candi-
dates Kenny Fowler and Angela
Turner-Lairy, have been
reviewed, signed by the Clay
County Election Commission
and approved by the Mississippi
Secretary of State’s Office.
Registered Clay County vot-
ers who will not be able to cast
their vote Jan. 15 can request
an absentee ballot from the
Circuit Clerk’s Office, and the
deadline to vote absentee is
Saturday, Jan. 12. The Circuit
Clerk’s Office will be open for
absentee voting during normal
business hours Monday through
Friday and will open Saturday,
Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 12
from 8 a.m. until noon.
Absentee ballots arrive for Special Election
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
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
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.
On Dec. 1, 2011, Gentry was
diagnosed with very advanced
colorectal cancer. “I went
through treatment, which was
horrific,” he said. “Two types
of chemotherapy at the same
time, along with radiation ther-
apy. It turns out that I was aller-
gic to one kind of chemo, and I
lost almost 50 pounds because
I was so sick. I didn’t have 50
pounds to lose. I was not sup-
posed to live.”
Around the same time,
Gentry was overexposed to the
radiation therapy and was hos-
pitalized in Las Vegas for
almost a month with severe
burns. “My body was black
from my chest all the way
down to the tops of my thighs,”
he said. “I was so weak.”
On May 14, 2012, Gentry
was declared cancer-free. “But
I didn’t even have the chance to
celebrate,” he said. “I started
having trouble with my legs,
and before long I could barely
walk.” Two doctors gave him
little hope of ever walking
After fighting the cancer so
hard for so long, this latest
challenge was almost more
than Gentry could bear. “I had
lost my strength, my hope, my
drive, my will to live,” he con-
He was forced to rely on a
four-pronged cane and a walk-
er, which made it virtually
impossible to maneuver the
stairs in his Las Vegas condo.
“My parents invited me to stay
with them for awhile,” he said.
“I said I would come on three
conditions: (1) you drive my
car, (2) I can bring my dog and
(3) you get me into your gym.”
His father flew out to Las
Vegas to drive Gentry and his
dog to West Point, and they
worked out a temporary mem-
bership at the NMMC-West
Point Wellness Center, where
they are faithful members.
“I had just bought a gym
membership in Las Vegas right
before I got sick,” Gentry said.
“I got my physician’s clearance
to join in West Point and I went
twice to exercise on my own,
but I didn’t know much I could
do. I couldn’t even walk with-
out my cane or walker.”
Wofford, who is a nursing
student at Mississippi
University for Women in
Columbus, works part-time at
the Wellness Center and spoke
as Gentry was leaving his sec-
ond visit. “Justin asked me how
I was doing, and I told him I
had done the few things I knew
how to do,” he said. “He asked
me if I had tried squats and
when I told him no, he asked if
I was willing to try. I said yeah,
but you’re going to catch me,
right? Because I’m going to
Wofford helped Gentry with
squats, then continued to add
more and more exercises each
day, including some Cross Fit
moves. “Justin pushed me, not
in a bad way but in a very
encouraging way,” he said. “He
believed in me more than I
Unique Christmas present refects a grateful heart
Special to the DTL
Jimmy Gentry presents Justin Wofford with his cane for Christmas
at the gym where Gentry regained his ability to walk, a Christmas
goal he had set.
See ‘Wreck’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Sunday, December 30, 2012
Community Calendar Obituaries
All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community service
on a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in
complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
• Civitan meetings -- The
West Point Civitan Club meets on
the first and third Wednesdays of
each month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-West
Point. All interested persons are
cordially invited to attend.
• City Board Meetings -- The
City Board of West Point holds its
meetings the second Tuesday of
each month at City Hall at 5:30
p.m. Work Sessions are held
every Thursday prior to the board
meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
• Compassionate Friends --
Families who have experienced
the death of a child are invited to
attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month, at
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to
assist families toward resolving
grief following the death of a
child of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandparents and
immediate family members are
welcome to attend. For more
information, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-
• American Legion Meeting
-- American Legion Post 212 will
meet every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their headquar-
ters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
• Basic Skills Class -- Free
Basic Skills class at the EMCC
West Point Center, Hwy. 45
North, Monday thru Thursday
each week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The
Basic Skills class will prepare
you to take the WorkKeys test
and receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job
skills assessment that helps
employers select, hire, train,
develop, and retain a high-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes
are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call
Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
• Feed the Hungry -- Holy
Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month at
10 a.m. If you or someone you
know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322 before
8 a.m. the morning of the deliver-
• The Academy of
Performing Arts -- located at
the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness
Canter is now enrolling for the
fall session. Classes begin August
13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz,
lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run for
four months and culminate with a
Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email or call (662)
• Welding and Carpentry
Classes -- EMCC Workforce
Services is offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please
contact Mitzi Thompson at 243-
• Computer Classes -- Free
twelve hour computer
classes:Beginning computer,
Internet, Word, and Excel. These
classes are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please con-
tact Bryan Public Library at 494-
• Grief Support Group --
Christ United Methodist Church
is providing support for grieving
families with a Grief Support
Group who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
• GED Classes -- EMCC West
Point Center, if offering free GED
classes at EMCC West Point
Center, Monday thru Thursday,
from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These
classes are sponsored by the
Adult Basic Education depart-
ment of East MS Community
College. Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-
8857 for additional information.
• C2C Info -- Need work
skills to get a job? EMCC
Workforce offers the Counseling
2 Career program to assist in
gaining work experience. C2C
classes are available for residents
of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday from
8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21,
please contact Sha’Carla Petty at
662-243-1930 or Chrystal
Newman at 662-243-1941 for
more information.
• Animal shelter help -- The
West Point Clay County Animal
shelter needs foster families for
several puppies who have been
selected to go on the next
Homeward Bound rescue. You
would need to keep the pup for
two weeks, until the day of trans-
port. If you are interested, please
call the shelter at 524-4430.
• Ladies Auxiliary -- The
American Legion Post 212 Ladies
Auxiliary meet the second
Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
All members are urged to attend.
• GED classes -- Free GED
classes at Bryan Public Library
on Tuesday and Wednesday each
week, 4:30 - 7:30. These are
sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East MS
Community College. Please call
243- 1985 to register for free
Ralph Hickman
“Bubba” Elliott
Ralph Hickman “Bubba” Elliott age 60, passed away
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at his home, in Cedar Bluff.
Ralph “Bubba” Elliot was born June 9, 1952, in Clay
County, to the late Birdie Ruth Reid and Ralph H. Elliott
Sr. He was the owner of Elliott Trucking contracted with
FedEx Ground for over 20 years. He was a member of the
Christian Church. Ralph Hickman “Bubba” Elliott married
Susan Marie Jordan Elliott January 30, 1972, in West
Family funeral services were held with the Rev. Charlie
Simmons officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery
in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in
charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Marie Jordan Elliott of
Cedar Bluff. his daughter, Allison Elliott Sackett (Darren)
Huntsville, Ala., his son, Justin Elliott (Jamie) of
Starkville, four grandchildren, Ella Elliott, Wilson Elliott,
Mattie Sackett and Kinsey Sackett, one sister, Kitty Elliott
Murks (Wayne) of Covington, La., and his uncle Edmond
B. “Uncle Bubba” Reid of Cedar Bluff.
Pallbearers were David Norris, John Elliott, Terry Scott,
Oliver Wright, Mike Dexter and Johnny Byrd.
Honorary pallbearers were Carl Bryan, Eddie Scott,
Lewis Stafford, Kenneth Byrd, Les Pollard and Gary
Memorials may be made to T. K. Martin Center for
Technology and Disability, P. O. Box 9736, MSU, MS
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvert-
Susan Rebecca Dragoo Howell
Susan Rebecca Dragoo Howell age 89, passed away
Friday, December 28, 2012, at her home in West Point.
Susan Rebecca Dragoo Howell was born September 5,
1923, in Muncie, Indiana, Delaware County, to the late
Helen Madgaline Bader and Thomas Ephriam Dragoo.
Susan Howell graduated from Yorktown Indiana High
School. She came to Clay County in 1963, from Muncie,
Indiana. Mrs. Howell was a Private Secretary and
Bookkeeper for John H. Bryan for Homes. She was a mem-
ber of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services are today, Sunday, December 30, 2012,
at 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will
follow in Palo Alto Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of
West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Cassie Howell
Sistrunk, Cara Lee Howell Brasfield (Larry); and one son,
Zane Howell (Patsy) all of West Point, seven grandchil-
dren, Ronald Shane Howell, Monte Lee Crosswhite, Susan
Lynn Ware, Randee Helen McVey, Larry Lee Brasfield,
Ryan Shawn Howell and Shannon Marie Brasfield, twelve
great- grandchildren. and one great-great granddaughter.
one sister, Shirley Sheward of West Point, three brothers,
Sandy Dragoo of Muncie, Indiana, Joe Dragoo (Marion) of
Booneville, and Steve Dragoo of West Point.
Pallbearers are her grandsons and great-grandsons,
Hunter Howell, Justin McVey, Larry Lee Brasfield, Ronald
Ryan Shawn Howell, and Monte Crosswhite.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Andrew Wartak, and the
Sanctuary Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Palo Alto Cemetery Fund,
c/o Jack Elliott, 9010 Hwy 47, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvert-
Refuge youth warm up to SKWFS
With cold, damp weather upon us, a donation of coats, jackets, mittens, hand knitted
toboggans and matching scarves were gladly accepted at Sally Kate Winter Family
Services. The youth dept. of The Refuge wanted to do something for the children that
come through the doors at the Sally Kate Winters Family Services. The temporary home
is a haven for children who have been removed from their families due to abuse and
neglect. The warm outerwear will be a welcome addition of clothing these children can
call their own. Pictured are, SKW Licensed Certified Social Worker Georgia Sasso, from
The Refuge youth dept., Amber Wilson and Zane Parker III. Photo by Donna Summerall
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We would like to thank our
community for all you have done for
us after the recent death of our wife,
mother and grandmother, Faye Pearson. A special
thank you to Dr. John Cox and his staff for the
care you gave her. Also, thanks to Mark Acker and Tim
Doss with the North MS Ambulance Service. Your care
and concern for our family was overwhelming and will
always be remembered.
Words cannot express our sincere appreciation for all of the
food, flowers, visits, and most of all your prayers during
our time of sorrow. We are so blessed to live in a town that
has shown us such an outpouring of love and concern.
Pappy Pearson, Wayne & Judy Ray,
Susan & Greg Fulgham,
Leslie & James Hood
clubs make
The Pearlette, Amicette, and
Archonette Clubs of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are
Partners In Education with
South Side Elementary
School through the West
Point School District’s Bright
Horizons program. The
youth clubs donated school
supplies to Mrs. Vanessa
Avant’s 4th grade class and
also donated over forty
boxes of colorful and char-
acter band-aids to the
nurse’s station.
Pictured above are, (from
left) Fourth grade, Jazmyne
Gates, Kierra Calhoune, Mya
Edwards, Daijamynique
Gladney-Haskins, and South
Side Teacher, Mrs. Vanessa
Pictured to the right are,
Third grade (front row kneel-
ing), Andrae Gardner, Jake
Glusenkamp, Owen Vickers
Back Row Standing, Mrs.
Samantha Kelly (3rd Grade
Teacher), Geniya Tate, Akyra
Davis, Kendra Pargo.
Submitted Photos
Swift graduates USM
Willie Curtis and Towanda Swift and Vida Pernell are proud
to announce the graduation of their daughter, Kurtida
Acyeonne Swift from The University of Southern Mississippi,
December 14, with a degree in Child and Family Life
Studies. While at USM, she pledged membership in the
MU Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is
the granddaughter of Willie George Pernell and the late
Dora Ann Pernell and Willie C. and Bettye Swift. Submitted
Jeferson graduates
boot camp
West Point native Pvt. 1st Class Bokhyri Jefferson com-
pleted his basic training December 21, at the Marine Corps
boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina and is proud to
be a United States Marine. Jefferson is the son of William
and Golden Jefferson. Submitted Photo
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Guest Editorial: A message from Lynn House,
Ph.D., interim state Superintendent of Education
It’s time to reform the cul-
ture of public education in
This year marks the 30th
anniversary of the Education
Reform Act of 1982, a water-
shed moment for public edu-
cation in the state. Under the
leadership of former Gov.
William Winter, the state’s
leaders pushed to the fore-
front the importance of pub-
lic education in improving the
lives of our citizens and ulti-
mately the future of our state.
It was time.
And now, the leaders of our
state will again consider
sweeping reforms that will
have a lasting impact on edu-
cators, students and parents.
As interim state superinten-
dent of education, I welcome
the conversations that are tak-
ing place among our elected
leaders. It is my desire to
work collaboratively with
them so that we make deci-
sions that are rooted in the
common belief that every
child should receive the pub-
lic education he or she
deserves, although we may
not always agree on how to
accomplish that goal.
Still, everyone who cares
about moving our state for-
ward should focus on what’s
in the best interest of stu-
dents. The Mississippi
Department of Education has
worked diligently over the
last five years to raise
accountability standards for
school districts, to increase
the rigor of our curriculum
standards to improve student
achievement, and to increase
accountability of our teachers
and principals through new
evaluation systems.
While we work to provide
better educational opportuni-
ties for our students and to
hold our teachers and school
leaders more accountable, we
must also ensure that school
districts receive the resources
they need to carry out this
aggressive plan of achieve-
ment. The Mississippi Board
of Education supports full
funding of MAEP, the state’s
funding formula for public
education, but we are mindful
of the current economic times
and the difficult decisions our
lawmakers face in funding all
state services.
I want to commend district
leaders for the outstanding
jobs they have done in man-
aging the resources they have
been given. However, just as
costs have risen in the bud-
gets of households around the
state, so have the operating
costs for school districts. It is
my hope that our political
leadership finds a way to ade-
quately and equitably fund
districts so that they can meet
the needs of our students.
The Board envisions a pub-
lic education system that pro-
vides students with the knowl-
edge and skills that will allow
them to be successful in col-
lege and the workforce. That’s
why the Board has been
working on three strategic
goals: to increase student
reading levels, to reduce the
state’s dropout rate and to
meet proficiency under the
Common Core State
Like our elected leaders,
the Board wants students in
the 3rd grade to read on grade
level, but interventions and
remediation from kindergar-
ten through 2nd grade must
be included in that discussion.
In addition, we are exploring
K-2 assessments to track chil-
dren’s reading skills before
they reach the third grade.
The Board’s legislative
budget request includes $2.5
million for early childhood
pilot programs in communi-
ties with high poverty rates to
find out what strategies work
best in preparing students for
kindergarten. We also know
that we need better data on
children’s skills and abilities
when they enter kindergarten,
and so we are proposing a
statewide tool to determine
kindergarten readiness.
A primary Board goal cen-
ters on reducing the dropout
rate in Mississippi. We all
understand the importance of
students completing high
school so that they can be suc-
cessful in college and the
workforce and ultimately
become productive citizens.
However, one size does not fit
That’s why we have pro-
posed an expansion of the
Excellence for All pilots at a
cost of $1 million. The money
would be divided into $50,000
grants for pilot programs that
focus on increased rigor and
flexibility as well as multiple
exit points from high school
to the workforce.
The Board’s budget request
also includes $1.5 million to
increase efforts at the local
and state levels to intensify
the focus on saving students
who are at risk of dropping
out of school. The funds
would be used to provide
grant opportunities for dis-
tricts to address local issues
that contribute to students
dropping out of school.
Finally, the Board wants to
make sure that every student
is prepared to compete in the
global community. As the
state transitions to full imple-
mentation of Common Core
State Standards, we believe
the students of Mississippi
will be on a level playing field
when it comes to national
assessments. Through the
Partnership for Assessment of
Readiness for College and
Careers (PARCC), work is
underway to develop a com-
mon set of assessments.
Mississippi is one of 44
states to join this national ini-
tiative to prepare students for
college and career with
defined standards for math
and English-language arts.
The standards establish what
students need to learn, but do
not tell teachers how to teach.
Teachers will continue to cre-
ate lesson plans and tailor
instruction to the unique
needs of the students in their
As the 2013 legislative ses-
sion approaches, I encourage
you to stay in contact with
your local legislators to voice
your concerns and your sup-
port for a public education
system that will give all chil-
dren the opportunity to suc-
Finally, I want to stress that
this is an exciting and historic
time to be in public education.
We cannot afford to settle for
the status quo any longer. Our
children deserve better, and
the reforms that we are mak-
ing will catapult the state to
another level where our stu-
dents will be competitive both
nationally and internationally.
Let’s strive to work together
on innovative ideas that will
reframe public education in
It is time.
Summerall: New
Years Eve twins
Only 2 percent of births in
the United States are twins. It
seems pretty slim of a chance
of having a double dose of
babies. Some of us are just
lucky I guess..
My dad started all this
nonsense by being a twin. He
has a twin sister who still
lives in Baxter Springs,
Kansas. They were New
Years Eve babies. It was not
only terribly important to
him that we go to Kansas for
Christmas but also so he and
Earline (my dad was Earl)
could celebrate their birthday
together. They would often
call each other throughout the
year. This was when long dis-
tance calls were charged by
the minute and one of their
calls would cost about as
much as a Volkswagon. But
they were close and did
everything they could to stay
that way.
It’s coming up on New
Years Eve and I always think
about him and his birthday.
Did I ever mention my dad
loved nothing better than
playing jokes on people? One
that always stands out in my
mind was right after he was
diagnosed with cancer and
told there wasn’t much hope.
Byron and his family had
moved back to Columbus by
then and had stored some
things at my parents house.
One was a large Colonel Reb
wooden cut-out to hang or put
in the yard. Daddy was a
MSU fan. Byron was home
getting some of his things out
of the way and couldn’t find
Colonel Reb. He looked
everywhere. He went to the
den to ask where his Colonel
Reb was.
“Oh, that stupid thing?
Donna wanted it the last time
she was here and I gave it to
her,” said my dad.
Byron went off on daddy
yelling about giving his stuff
away and how everything
Donna wants, Donna gets,
etc. etc. My mom reaches
behind daddy’s recliner and
pulls out Colonel Reb. Daddy
had been lying in wait for him
to want the wooden cut-out
and was not disappointed.
That summed up Earl
Williams. Oh, I have Colonel
Reb now hanging in my bed-
room. (What Donna wants,
Donna gets.)
He died a few months
before my girls were on the
way. I know what happened.
Twins were HIS idea.
Earl was hanging around
the throne after a day of doing
whatever it is you do in heav-
en. He looked up into the face
of God and said,
“Lord, let’s play a joke!”
Many months later the
girls were born. Some joke.
Ha Ha. The fact that there
were two of them to me was
proof enough that daddy had
given the Almighty a push in
the direction of twins. That
and Ashley has daddy’s blue
eyes. She is his only blue-
eyed grandchild.
Were Earl still here, he and
his twin sister Earline would
celebrate their 77th birthday
tomorrow. Happy birthday
Donna Summerall
Lifestyles Writer
Next week, many will be implementing New Year’s resolutions.
We will be doing the same here at the Daily Times Leader, making
commitments within the community to improve our town and your
daily paper.
We are looking to make a number of changes throughout 2013.
Our Opinion page is one that we hope to change drastically in the
next few weeks.
Due to the small staff we have here at the DTL, it is not possible
for us to put out an editorial page daily that is written by the staff.
We see the need to change, however, from the typical wire op-
eds we are used to running. We want your feedback and ideas on
some things you’d like to see on the Opinion page. You may want
to write a column of your own. Email me at dtleditor@bellsouth.
net or call at 494-1422.
We need your help
Making Facebook a warmer, smaller place
woman I haven’t spoken to in
six years is pregnant with her
second son. Another college
acquaintance reads the Bible
a lot. A high school classmate
likes to rant about politics. A
college dormmate thinks he
works too much.
On Facebook, I’m connect-
ed to a lot of people who are
not my friends. Over the
years, as my Facebook friend
list grows, it’s made me
increasingly uncomfortable
that I seem to know so much
about people that I don’t actu-
ally know.
So as the new year
approached, I decided to
review my Facebook life. I
took a four-week break — a
“Facebook Fast” — from the
world’s biggest online social
network. The break this fall
spanned the presidential cam-
paign and election,
Superstorm Sandy, fighting in
the Middle East and my col-
lege’s homecoming weekend
— all events I cared about.
These were all reasons for me
to crave Facebook as a way to
check the zeitgeist.
What did I learn? Sure,
there are sleazy and annoying
aspects to Facebook. It con-
nects us to each other like
tabloids connect readers to
celebrities, and it compels us
to gossip. It often makes us
voyeurs accidentally
immersed in the intimate lives
of people we barely know.
But after eight years on the
network, I rely on it for pic-
tures and news of faraway
friends and relatives. I can’t
quit. Like it or not, Facebook
is an important part of my
Facebook Inc. is in the
midst of trying to make its
privacy policies more intui-
tive for users. It has added a
little padlock icon at the top
right of the website. When
you click on it, Facebook
walks you through how to
change who sees what you
post, who can contact you and
how to review what others are
writing about you.
But if you’re trying to
curate your Facebook life,
there are more steps you need
to take. Here are some tips for
remaking the network so it’s
less a tabloid feed of unwant-
ed updates and more a warm-
er, personal space that better
reflects your real-life social
I used to keep Facebook
open on my work computer,
checking in periodically
throughout the day. I relied on
the Facebook app on my
phone to entertain me when-
See ‘Facebook’ page 5
Daily Times Leader Sunday, December 30, 2012 • Page 5
East Mississippi Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability
or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the
non-discrimination policies: Dr. Andrea Scott Mayfield, Vice President for Scooba campus, Scooba Student Services,
EEOC/OCR and Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Davis Administration Building, P.O. Box 158, Scooba, MS
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Clay County, Ms
Prepaids For November 30, 2012
Vendor Paid Amount Paid
General County Fund 96,768.35
Payroll Clearing Account 101,390.97
Payroll Clearing Account 254,583.26
American Family Life Insurance Co. 795.92
Assurity Life Insurance Co. 51.02
Cadence Bank 35,393.03
Calvert-Spradling Engineers 12,130.14
Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13,386.53
Clay County Nrcs Project Acc. 24,066.93
Clay County Nrcs Project Acc. 25,516.67
Clay County Nrcs Project Acc. 7,385.07
Clay County Nrcs Project Acc. 63,866.61
Colonial Life 73.16
Eddie Scott 192.10
Ers, Inc. 82,000.00
First Security Bank 22,546.85
Guardian Life Insurance Co. 4,113.22
J. C. Cheek Contractors, Inc. 80,675.00
Liberty National Insurance 1,320.20
Life Insurance Company Of Al 34.00
Martin Truck & Tractor 1,112.50
Ms Development Authority 3,300.93
Ms Development Authority 5,545.98
New York Life Insurance Co. 206.00
Patty Goff 36.00
Pearson Environmental Services 1,200.00
Pennsylvania Life Insurance Co. 150.53
Renasant Bank 56,485.00
Robertson Excavating 49,233.75
Sparrow’s Small Engine Repair 282.74
Stenograph Corporation 1,197.59
Tlsl, Inc. 29,172.00
Tlsl, Inc. 77,642.40
Tlsl, Inc. 61,248.00
Tlsl, Inc. 61,248.00
Tlsl, Inc. 33,792.00
Trustmark National Bank 33,125.00
Jurors - 11/14/12 12,524.50
Total 1,253,791.95
Clay County, MS
Claims Summary For: 12/2012
For The Period Ended 12/03/2012
Claim# Vendor Name Amount
9284 Tanya West 1025.00
9285 City Water & Light Dept. 30.00
9286 City Water & Light Dept. 8615.24
9287 City Water & Light Dept. 953.94
9288 4-County Elec Power Assn 91.91
9289 4-County Elec Power Assn 90.91
9291 4-County Elec Power Assn 37.61
9292 4-County Elec Power Assn 61.49
9293 Atmos Energy 83.07
9294 Atmos Energy 613.22
9295 Atmos Energy 20.98
9296 Atmos Energy 252.96
9297 Mississippi Vital Records 84.00
9298 Spector Soft Corp. 1725.00
9299 Rose Drug Company 1243.00
9300 Orkin- Tupelo, Ms 47.64
9301 Orkin- Tupelo, Ms 43.96
9302 Cellular South 475.06
9303 R J Young Company 47.45
9305 Premier Radiology 35.46
9306 Cheatham Eye Care 139.70
9310 Merchant Co. 182.09
9311 Merchant Co. 1042.66
9312 Merchant Co. 217.98-
9313 Merchant Co. 166.80-
9315 Printing & Promo. Items 439.12
9316 Phillip’s Hardware 615.44
9317 Walmart Community Brc 5.28
9319 Carrot-Top Industries Inc. 20.09
9320 Cdw Government Inc 49.87
9321 White Oil Co. Inc 1542.40
9322 Kroger 100.00
9323 Kroger 196.95
9325 Good Source 2900.74
9326 Good Source 1197.30
9327 Good Source 1415.16
9329 Merchant Co. 1005.28
9330 White Oil Co., Inc 1586.41
9331 Mid South Signs 1500.00
9332 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 610.02
9333 Griffn Motors 55.00
9334 Griffn Motors 295.00
9335 E Safety Supplies 120.00
9336 Quill Corporation 323.95
9337 Precision Comm, Inc. 360.00
9338 My Offce Products, Inc 68.00
9349 4-County Elec Power Assn 31.06
9350 Sunfower Store 13.77
9351 Cash & Carry Cleaners 17.00
9352 Cash & Carry Cleaners 12.00
9353 Cash & Carry Cleaners 12.00
9354 Cash & Carry Cleaners 17.00
9355 City Of West Point 3907.45
9356 Clay County School District 244.22
9357 West Point Schools 10501.26
9358 My Offce Products, Inc 14.25
9359 My Offce Products, Inc 143.37
9360 My Offce Products, Inc 16.95-
9361 My Offce Products, Inc 16.95-
9362 My Offce Products, Inc 16.95
9363 My Offce Products, Inc 125.00
9364 My Offce Products, Inc 104.75
9365 My Offce Products, Inc 129.50
9367 My Offce Products, Inc 277.90
9368 My Offce Products, Inc 28.00
9369 J & K Signs 650.00
9370 Refrigeration Supply Co. 120.04
9372 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 10.95
9373 Clay County Co-Op 13.90
9374 Sherwin-Williams Of WP 125.59
9375 My Offce Products, Inc 864.25
9376 My Offce Products, Inc 141.00-
9377 My Offce Products, Inc 308.00
9378 Dement Printing Co. 507.89
9379 Dement Printing Co. 1352.20
9380 Security Solutions, Llc 100.00
9383 Quality Auto Service 1500.00
9384 Collums Bumper Service 99.00
9385 Collums Bumper Service 24.25
9386 Starkville Ford Mercury, Inc. 22.36
9387 123 Security Products 278.75
9388 University Screen Print 197.94
9389 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 401.63
9390 Precision Comm, Inc. 225.00
9391 Collums Bumper Service 124.75
9392 Collums Bumper Service 24.25-
9393 Collums Bumper Service 573.75
9394 Sign Design Plus 9.50
9395 Merchant Co. 2620.41
9396 Kroger 100.00
9397 C & P Printing 189.84
9399 Kroger 80.00
9400 Kroger 20.00
9401 Walmart Community Brc 41.28
9402 Walmart Community Brc 46.56
9403 Quill Corporation 55.98
9404 Kroger 100.00
9406 Barney’s 79.98
9407 Superior Fish Products 795.00
9409 University Screen Print 110.97
9410 Sam’s Club 70.24
9411 George’s Tire Service 696.00
9412 White Oil Co., Inc. 246.10
9413 Chase Electronics 104.95
9414 Clay County Co-Op 70.00
9415 George’s Tire Service 10.00
9416 Guest Body Shop, Llc 946.00
9417 Guest Body Shop, Llc 5.00
9418 White Oil Co., Inc. 1874.67
9419 R J Young Company 428.66
9420 Airgas South 23.16
9421 R J Young Company 5.50
9423 Global Computer Supplies 209.99
9424 City Of West Point 20.00
9425 City Of West Point 20.00
9426 Safeguard Buisness Systems 349.44
9427 My Offce Products, Inc 79.00
9428 Walmart Community Brc 63.79
9429 4-County Elec Power Assn 209.74
9430 4-County Elec Power Assn 65.25
9431 4-County Elec Power Assn 43.60
9432 4-County Elec Power Assn 42.26
9433 4-County Elec Power Assn 162.31
9434 City Water & Light Dept 192.56
9435 City Water & Light Dept 665.93
9436 City Water & Light Dept 230.52
9437 City Water & Light Dept 425.32
9438 Dixie Net 59.95
9440 Data Systems Management 1520.00
9441 My Offce Products, Inc 75.95
9442 My Offce Products, Inc 44.95-
9443 My Offce Products, Inc 44.95
9444 My Offce Products, Inc 31.00-
9458 R Clayton Borden, Md 87.35
9484 Walmart Community Brc 171.49
9485 Walmart Community Brc 6.28
9486 Walmart Community Brc 634.29
9487 Community Counseling 45.00
9488 Clay County Medical Center 866.22
9489 Clay County Medical Center 2046.81
9496 Rose Drug Company 1321.27
9500 Cash & Carry Cleaners 12.00
9502 Cash & Carry Cleaners 17.00
9503 4-County Elec Power Assn 42.28
9504 4-County Elec Power Assn 51.73
9505 Itc Deltacom, Inc 04.32
9506 State Treasurer Fund #3601;#601
9508 Kristen Wood Williams,Pllc 237.50
9509 Kristen Wood Williams,Pllc 285.00
9510 Kristen Wood Williams,Pllc 190.00
9511 Kristen Wood Williams,Pllc 190.00
9512 R J Young Company 138.00
9513 North Ms Medical Clinic 131.00
9514 Redwood Toxicology Laboratory 8.75
9515 Amy G. Berry - Fees 12.00
9516 Melissa Grimes 39.96
9517 Cheatham Eye Care 68.01
9518 Edmond Miller, Jr, Md 500.00
9519 S.E. Chickasaw Water Assoc. 20.00
9520 Walmart Community Brc 10.00
9521 Walmart Community Brc 12.76
9522 Walmart Community Brc 230.88
9523 Walmart Community Brc 1205.84
9524 Walmart Community Brc 67.89
9525 Walmart Community Brc 15.68
9526 Walmart Community Brc 239.34
9527 Walmart Community Brc 28.88
9528 Wilson Wellness 801.50
9530 Premium Spring Water Service 42.00
9531 U S Networx 49.00
9532 Shred Managers 55.00
9533 Cellular South 68.00
9534 Cellular South 42.22
9536 R J Young Company 37.25
9537 Auto-Chlor Systems 171.95
9538 H. Scott Ross 356.25
9540 Cash & Carry Cleaners 12.00
9541 John W. Cox 95.00
9542 Mary Brett Miller 95.00
9543 Mark Cliett, Atty. 350.00
9544 Annette Savors 27.75
9545 Amy G. Berry - Fees 136.00
9546 Amy G. Berry - Fees 180.00
9547 R J Young Company 132.18
9548 Cash & Carry Cleaners 17.00
9549 Walmart Community Brc 11.66
9550 Electric Motor Sales 71.84
9551 West Point Tv & Appliance 100.00
9552 Rose Drug Company 7.59
9553 My Offce Products, Inc 169.00
9554 My Offce Products, Inc 195.00
9555 United Produce 300.00
9556 Kroger 100.00
9557 Us Food Service 1139.67
9558 Wood Fruitticher Grocery Co 1927.93
9559 Sysco Food Services, Inc. 858.65
9569 Local Government Records Offc
9572 My Offce Products, Inc 62.95
9573 George’s Tire Service 596.00
9574 George’s Tire Service 10.00
9575 Arlen Towes 50.00
9576 My Offce Products, Inc 130.80
9581 U. S. Postmaster 70.00
9582 U. S. Postmaster 70.00
9622 Clay Co.Dept./Social Services 316.67
9623 District Attorney’s Offce 175.00
9624 Golden Triangle Area 1291.67
9625 Insurance Account 1168.56
9626 Health Dept. Of Clay County 3791.67
9627 Lenora L Prather 350.00
9628 Comm. Counselling Service 2000.00
9629 National Guard Of Mississippi 200.00
9630 Reserve Account 2000.00
9631 Retarded Children’s Asc. 1416.67
9632 United Postal Service 625.00
9633 Victim Witness Program 989.46
9639 Wright Express Fsc 62.35
9682 Mts/ My Transport Services 350.00
9683 Miss. Circuit Clerk’s Assoc. 500.00
9684 Gloria N Clark 40.80
9685 Circuit Clerk Of Clay County 31.20
9686 U. S. Postmaster 190.00
9687 Galloway-Chandler-Mckinney
1995.00 Voided
9688 Tec 119.92
9689 Shelton Deanes 144.00
9690 Ecam 930.00
9691 Golden Triangle Water 30.00
9701 Hancock Bank 1200.69
9702 Hancock Bank 105.54
9703 Hancock Bank 135.07
9707 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 115.68
9708 Shell Fleet Plus 20.94
9719 Golden Triangle Propane 23.37
9755 Cellular South 6.47
9760 Federal Express Corp. 18.29
9761 B & M Communications/1-Stop 21.23
9762 Drug Free Workplaces, Inc 295.00
9763 Drug Free Workplaces, Inc 162.00
9764 Adapts Electronic Monitoring 360.00
9765 Siloam Water District 20.00
9766 Siloam Water District 20.00
9767 Siloam Water District 20.00
9770 R J Young Company 37.00
9771 Bellsouth 350.00
9773 Xerox Corporation 11.00
9774 City Water & Light Dept. 168.65
9775 City Water & Light Dept. 108.99
9776 City Water & Light Dept. 1388.56
9777 City Water & Light Dept. 25.90
9778 City Water & Light Dept. 546.18
9779 4-County Elec Power Assn 25.75
9781 White Oil Co., Inc. 1503.79
9782 Nesco Electrical & Lighting Co 59.40
9783 Rexel Southern Electrical 124.00
9784 Rexel Southern Electrical 56.50-
9785 Rexel Southern Electrical 441.00
9786 U. S. Postmaster 70.00
9787 Fair Oil Company Inc 39.04
9788 Lee County Juvenile Center 360.00
9789 R J Young Company 139.82
9790 Systronic Time 296.00
9792 Ricoh Usa, Inc 110.77
9793 Joseph W. Faulkner 126.91
9794 Joseph W. Faulkner 125.00
9795 Melissa Grimes 39.96
9798 Thomas Murray Tubb, Atty. 261.25
9799 U S Networx 199.95
9803 Daily Times Leader 175.00
9805 Ms State Medical Examiner 1000.00
9807 Melissa Grimes 39.96
9808 Randolph W Jones 1158.48
*** Fund Totals ***
001 General County 114750.90
9282 Sanders & Associates 3000.00
9283 Sanders & Associates 8000.00
*** Fund Totals ***
013 Utilization 11000.00
9307 Community Counseling 1500.00
9324 Child Nutrition Offce 100.00
9328 Mpic 1042.50
9398 N.Ms. Coca Cola Bottling Co. 126.00
9405 Howard W. Crosswhite 125.00
9408 Sam’s Club 698.92
9495 Mae Brewer 400.00
9705 Comcast Cable 65.81
9706 Comcast Cable 65.81
9759 Comcast Cable 63.06
*** Fund Totals ***
040 Sheriff’s Inmate Canteen 4187.10
9563 Tombigbee Regional Library 963.94
*** Fund Totals ***
095 Special Library Levy 963.94
9309 Custom Products Corporation 84.92
9314 4Imprint 514.81
9366 Walmart Community Brc 17.94
9382 Custom Products Corporation 84.92
9507 State Treasurer Fnd #3601;#601 224.00
9704 First Continental Leasing 4232.69
9772 Bellsouth 2495.00
*** Fund Totals ***
097 E911 Fund 7654.28
9539 West Group Payment Center 401.43
*** Fund Totals ***
104 Law Library 401.43
9318 Hewlett-Packard Corporation 179.99
9422 Redwood Toxicology Laboratory
9499 Cindy Tidwell 1250.00
9535 Cellular South 62.01
9560 Galls Incorporated 157.94
*** Fund Totals ***
112 Drug Court - Aoc Grant 1874.94
9439 Dixie Net 19.95
*** Fund Totals ***
114 Volunteer Fire Department 19.95
9700 Ms Development Authority 1479.25
*** Fund Totals ***
116 Insurance Rebate Monies 1479.25
9462 Phillip’s Hardware 51.97
9476 Guest Body Shop, Llc 40.00
9477 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 29.04
9478 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 28.81
9479 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 33.40
9480 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 14.31
9481 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 7.67
9482 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 24.16
9483 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 25.50
9584 Custom Products Corporation 55.86
9603 Mcbrayer Quick Lube 39.95
9605 Cellular South 68.00
9606 Phillip’s Hardware 6.72
9607 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 67.50
9609 Phillip’s Hardware 19.98
9610 Phillip’s Hardware 5.99
9612 City Water & Light Dept. 32.64
9613 Phillip’s Hardware 29.69
9615 Arlen Towes 20.00
9616 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 17.95
9617 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 129.90
9618 Sunfower Store 21.68
9640 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 25.50
9641 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 25.50
9642 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 25.50
9643 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 50.21
9644 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 16.43
9645 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 2.84
9646 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 22.71
9647 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 19.92
9648 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 25.30
9649 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 149.91
9650 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 52.60
9668 Clay County Co-Op 11.98
9669 Clay County Co-Op 18.28
9670 Dc Tire And Truck 50.00
9671 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 106.08
9716 Phillip’s Hardware 16.78
9717 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13911.57
9727 Ivy Saw & Mower 92.30
9728 Ivy Saw & Mower 29.85
9796 Sunfower Store 11.01
9797 Sunfower Store 6.42
*** Fund Totals ***
151 District 1 Road 15441.41
9450 White Oil Co., Inc. 654.35
9578 City Water & Light Dept. 17.00
9579 Duraco Industries, Inc-Jackson 487.69
9580 Cellular South 45.25
9583 Hancock Equipment & Oil Co. 265.00
9585 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 67.50
9638 White Oil Co., Inc. 3785.83
9656 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 198.90
9657 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 173.09
9658 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 61.27
9659 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 13.49
9660 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 60.21
9661 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 81.40
9662 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 4.49
9663 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 39.99
9664 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 15.99
9667 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 54.55
9757 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13911.57
*** Fund Totals ***
152 District 2 Road 19937.57
9304 Ingrams Garage 228.59
9308 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 3.29
9490 Phillip’s Hardware 152.65
9491 George’s Tire Service 15.00
9492 Russ Walker 80.00
9493 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 3.29
9494 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 52.51
9588 Arlen Towes 20.00
9589 4-County Elec Power Assn 76.00
9590 4-County Elec Power Assn 34.25
9591 Cellular South 62.01
9592 Thompson Machinery 203.04
9593 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 67.50
9596 Preston Dobbs Truck Ser. 528.00
9692 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 6.98
9693 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 19.98
9694 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 71.36
9695 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 2.75
9696 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 20.76
9709 Mitchell Buick-Pontiac & Equip 14.97-
9710 Mitchell Buick-Pontiac & Equip 127.25
9715 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13911.57
9722 White Oil Co., Inc.& Tire Ctr. 654.35
9723 Dc Tire And Truck 950.34
9725 Phillip’s Hardware 21.89
9726 Siloam Water District 20.00
9791 Phillip’s Hardware 26.42
9802 Bancorp South 1373.81
9804 Daily Times Leader 139.62
*** Fund Totals ***
153 District 3 Road 18858.24
9343 Knox Grocery Llc 13.38
9345 4-County Elec Power Assn 34.26
9346 4-County Elec Power Assn 132.28
9347 4-County Elec Power Assn 67.47
9348 4-County Elec Power Assn 360.64
9598 Cellular South 62.01
9600 Arlen Towes 20.00
9601 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 67.50
9621 Elam Trucking 7209.01
9677 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 251.56
9678 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 29.65
9679 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 68.05
9680 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 66.76
9681 Knox Grocery Llc 6.28
9750 Hancock Bank 834.56
9751 Siloam Water District 20.00
9752 Ivy Saw & Mower 23.75
9753 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13911.57
9806 L & AConstruction 11000.00
*** Fund Totals ***
154 District 4 Road 34178.73
9460 4-County Elec Power Assn 34.26
9711 Rite-Kem/Swepe-Tite,Llc 90.00
9714 Guest Body Shop, Llc 10.00
9720 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 59.05
9721 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 38.54
9729 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 67.50
9730 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 5.37
9731 4-County Elec Power Assn 239.59
9733 Cellular South 63.02
9734 Young Welding Supply, Inc 21.98
9737 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9738 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9739 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 164.56
9740 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 94.32
9741 Oswalt Bldg Material 189.56
9742 Custom Products Corporation 221.44
9743 Sun Creek Water Assn. 4.00
9744 Clay County Co-Op 175.60
9745 Thompson Machinery 2144.92
9746 Preston Dobbs Truck Ser. 264.00
9747 Walmart Community Brc 59.82
9748 Arlen Towes 20.00
9749 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 13911.56
*** Fund Totals ***
155 District 5 Road 17941.39
9463 4-County Elec Power Assn 34.26
9464 Sunfower Store 6.36
9465 Sunfower Store 4.63
9466 Walmart Community Brc 52.87
9467 Kellogg Hardware & Appliance 99.95
9468 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 36.95
9469 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 14.71
9470 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 74.05
9471 Terry’s Garage, Inc. 60.35
9472 G & O Supply Co, Inc 403.20
9473 4-County Elec Power Assn 47.22
9474 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 25.50
9475 Golden Triangle Propane 109.79
9604 Martin Truck & Tractor 916.91
9608 Columbus Wholesale Tire 537.00
9611 Duraco Industries, Inc-Jackson 259.31
9614 Preston Dobbs Truck Ser. 748.00
*** Fund Totals ***
161 District 1 Bridge 3431.06
9446 4-County Elec Power Assn 34.26
9447 Airgas South 112.82
9448 Atmos Energy 30.38
9449 Ms Industrial Waste Disposal 87.90
9451 4-County Elec Power Assn 225.13
9457 Preston Dobbs Truck Ser 442.00
9461 Elam Trucking 10058.51
9577 Preston Dobbs Truck Ser 352.00
9586 Arlen Towes 20.00
9587 Walmart Community Brc 29.85
9619 Elam Trucking 2295.81
9634 George’s Tire Service 20.00
9635 George’s Tire Service 780.00
9636 George’s Tire Service 20.00
9637 G & O Supply Co, Inc 784.80
9651 Clay County Co-Op 75.00
9652 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 152.95
9653 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 4.39
9654 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 8.64
9655 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 22.46
9665 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 59.83
9666 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 7.74
9754 Phillip’s Hardware 45.52
9756 Ivy Saw & Mower 72.25
9758 Golden Triangle Water 30.00
*** Fund Totals ***
162 District 2 Bridge 15772.24
9594 White Oil Co., Inc. 738.36
9595 Bacco Materials, Inc 2519.52
9597 Hoover Inc 275.92
9697 Hancock Bank 705.31
9698 Bancorp South 436.06
9699 Hancock Bank 608.56
9800 Bancorp South 1373.81
9801 Bancorp South 1373.81
*** Fund Totals ***
163 District 3 Bridge 13031.35
9339 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 18.00
9340 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 18.00
9341 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 18.00
9342 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 18.00
9344 California Contractors Supply 139.80
9599 White Oil Co., Inc. 602.25
9602 G & O Supply Co, Inc 1343.22
9620 Elam Trucking 7208.99
9676 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 197.82
*** Fund Totals ***
164 District 4 Bridge 9564.08
9459 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9712 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9713 Rice Equipment Company, Llc 70.81
9718 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9732 Calvert-Spradling Engineers 4519.82
9735 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
9736 Aramark Uniform Services Inc 26.15
*** Fund Totals ***
165 District 5 Bridge 4721.38
9290 4-County Elec Power Assn 45.72
9371 H & O Truck & Trailer Repair 2186.19
9381 White Oil Co., Inc. 473.80
9445 Phillip’s Hardware 17.98
9452 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 52.16
9453 H & O Truck & Trailer Repair 147.48
9454 Jim’s Auto Parts, WP 15.08
9455 Phillip’s Hardware 47.98
9456 Phillip’s Hardware 47.98
9497 H & O Truck & Trailer Repair 650.13
9498 H & O Truck & Trailer Repair 745.79
9501 Phillip’s Hardware 2.98
9529 Golden Triangle Pl & Dev Dist 2624.91
9672 Dc Tire And Truck 50.00
9673 Dc Tire And Truck 25.00
9674 Carquest Auto Parts, Inc. 24.16
9675 Clay County Co-Op 236.99
9724 H & O Truck & Trailer Repair 567.06
9768 Siloam Water District 20.00
9769 Gtr Solid Waste Mgmt Authority
9780 White Oil Co., Inc. 1549.30
*** Fund Totals ***
400 Sanitation 13934.88
9561 Ms Dept Of Public Safety 780.50
9562 Ms Dept Of Public Safety 50.00
9570 Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers 156.00
9571 State Treasurer 21341.49
*** Fund Totals ***
650 Judicial Assessment Clearing Fund
9564 East Ms Community College 2406.04
*** Fund Totals ***
690 Emjc Maintenance 2406.04
9565 East Ms Community College 380.22
*** Fund Totals ***
691 10 Year Pledge 380.22
9566 East Miss. Community College 1350.85
*** Fund Totals ***
697 Vo-Tech Maintenance 1350.85
9567 East Miss. Community College 753.44
*** Fund Totals ***
698 Vo-Tech Capital 753.44
9568 Tombigbee River Wtr Mgmt Dist
*** Fund Totals ***
699 Tombigbee River Wtr Mgmt.Dist.
*** Docket Totals ***
I certify that the board has examined each
claim on the December, 2012 docket and
the bills they represent and fnds each of the
above due and payable and direct the clerk
to issue warrants on the respective funds.
This the 03rd day of December 2012.
ever I was waiting in line or
riding in a taxi. I would also
log in at home.
It was overkill. I check
Facebook less often now. The
goal: Read less and write
First, I disabled the app on
my phone.
I also enabled email notifi-
cations for whenever some-
one sends me a message, tags
me in a photo, or posts on my
profile or in one of my groups.
If someone’s trying to get in
touch with me, I still want to
know and be able to respond.
Because I get the notifica-
tions, I don’t need to keep
Facebook open at work or
check on it constantly at
Here’s how to get those
notifications: Click on the
wheel icon at the top right
corner of Facebook and
choose “privacy settings” on
the menu that pops up. Then
click on “notifications” on the
left. Then, you can edit what
Facebook sends you over
email — as well as via texts
and phone alerts.
I hate it when people send
me personal messages by
broadcasting it on my profile
page, or timeline, for every-
one to see. I’d rather that
person send me an email or a
private Facebook message
that I alone could see. But
many people still insist on
posting such messages on my
timeline anyway.
To address that, I effective-
ly turned off my timeline.
Someone can still post on it,
but I’ve adjusted the settings
so that person and I are the
only ones who can see that
note. I can still publicly share
things that I want seen broad-
ly, like a post I wrote promot-
ing my sister’s new yoga
business. To make these
adjustments, choose “privacy
settings” under the wheel
again. Then click on “timeline
and tagging” on the left.
Facebook alerts me when
somebody else has attached
my name to a post or picture,
and I need to approve it before
others can see it. The settings
for this are found under the
same “timeline and tagging”
page. Turn on reviews for
posts you’ve been tagged in.
One of the great benefits of
Facebook is that it helps you
keep in touch with a handful
of people who have a shared
interest. Hundreds of
Facebook friends don’t need
to see the intimate interac-
tions I have with a few closer
friends. So I created private
spheres for smaller circles —
smaller than the lists Facebook
automatically generates based
on your school information,
hometown and employer.
I created such a group with
three friends — one from
England, one from France
and one from Los Angeles —
I had spent several days with
in a small town in Colombia
while on vacation. The four of
us use that to post silly photos
of ourselves from the trip and
write each other personal
updates. That spares everyone
else from having to hear about
the next time we’re going to
see each other.
To set up a group, go to
your news feed by clicking on
“home” up top. Then click
“create group,” which is on
the left of the page, in the
“groups” section. I typed in
the three friends to add and
chose to make the group
“secret,” which means only
members of the group can see
that it even exists. I also get
notifications from Facebook
whenever anyone posts to the
group. You can turn those on
from the “notifications” page
under the wheel icon.
‘ Facebook’ continued from page 4
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Sunday, December 30, 2012
Bryan Davis
Oak Hill junior Maegan Ellis throws up a two-point shot during the team’s Thursday night win over
East Webster High School. She scored nine points in the game.
Lady Raiders dominate
holiday tournament
By Stephen Ross
Daily Times Leader
Stan Hughey’s squad man-
aged to get a few easy practices
against East Webster and
Winona Christian in
Immanuel’s Christmas tourna-
ment in Columbus. Winning
both games by a convincing
margin, Oak Hill comes out of
the first half of the season with
a 16-3 record.
The Lady Raiders were
superior in every sense of the
word against East Webster.
Oak Hill’s run-and-gun style of
play was simply too much for
the Lady Wolverines to handle.
In a blowout from start to fin-
ish, the Lady Raiders came out
with a 61-23 victory. Rachel
Herndon and Shay Atkins led
in scoring with 15 and 14
points, respectively, while fin-
ishing with 14 and 13 rebounds.
Sarah Dill scored 13 off the
bench, while Maegen Ellis and
Anna Ready added nine and
seven points, respectively.
Lauren Billington, Kelci Jo
Langford, and Bet Langley
scored two points each to round
out the scoring.
While the Lady Raiders did
have as hot of a start as the
previous night, they took care
of business in a 48-22 victory
over Winona Christian.
Winona’s slow pace of play
took some of the intensity out
of Oak Hill’s play early on,
which allowed Winona to hang
around in the first half before
pulling away for the easy win.
Maegen Ellis and Lauren
Billington were the top two
scorers with 10 and nine points,
respectively. Shay Atkins fin-
ished with eight points to go
along with 12 rebounds. Rachel
Herndon added five points of
her own and grabbed 10 boards.
Oak Hill splits at
Immanuel tourney
By Stephen Ross
Daily Times Leader
The Oak Hill Raiders made
a brief return to the hardwood
on Thursday and Friday to par-
ticipate in Immanuel’s
Christmas tournament in
Columbus to stay in game
shape for critical games com-
ing up in early January. The
Raiders faced off early
Thursday afternoon against
Columbus High and lost 64-42
before rebounding against
Winona the following night in a
60-56 barn burner.
J.J. Bridges led Oak Hill in
scoring Thursday afternoon
with nine points and scored
five points Friday before taking
an early exit due to an ankle
injury. Drew Riley scored eight
and seven points, respectively.
John Wesley Williamson added
six before going off for a mon-
ster double-double against
Winona with 17 points and a
season high 13 rebounds. Jeb
Stevens scored six points on
Thursday and missed Friday
night’s action. Curt Huffman
scored five and four points,
respectively, in the two games.
Riley Pierce scored three
against Columbus and finished
with five the following night.
Chance Wilson added three
points in the first game and
sank a free throw in the second.
Drake Riley added a bucket
Thursday afternoon before
going off for a 10 point outing
against Winona. Jacob
Dickens, Matthew Gwathney,
and Dakota O’Bryant, who
were all scoreless in the match-
up against Columbus, finished
Friday night’s contest with six,
five, and two points, respec-
A beat-up Oak Hill still
fnding success on the court
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Raiders, over the holi-
day break, participated in the
Immanuel Christmas
Tournament. Oak Hill split
their two games at the tourna-
ment with one loss to Columbus
High School on Thursday and a
tight victory over single-A
Winona Christian 64-60 on
Friday night’s contest was a
close one for the Raiders as
they fell behind during the sec-
ond and third quarters. But Oak
Hill came roaring back in the
fourth quarter with the help of
John Wesley Williamson (16
points) contributing 8 points in
the fourth quarter comeback.
Also playing a major role dur-
ing the final quarter rally, Drew
Riley was downright gutsy and
fought hard on both sides of the
“We were missing a couple
of kids tonight,” said Head
Coach Brian Middleton after
the win over Winona Christian,
“our guys fought through
adversity and it was almost like
nothing would go our way; it
was somewhat ugly, but I
would rather have an ugly win
than a pretty loss.”
Missing players seems to be
a theme for the Raiders during
the first two months of the
2012-2013 season. Adversity is
definitely the key word for Oak
Hill as injury has plagued many
of the players on the Raider
roster. Even during the Winona
Christian game, Oak Hill’s J.J.
Bridges picked up a foot or
ankle injury that may even
have him sitting out for an
extended period of time.
“A lot of injuries early on in
the season,” commented Coach
Middleton about fighting
against the plague of injuries,
“we are still trying to find our
rhythm and our true rotation.”
Even though fighting inju-
ries, Oak Hill has been rather
successful on the court. The
Raiders have picked up their
first two district wins over
Immanuel Christian and
Manchester Academy while
also competing well in non-
district play with a great win
over North Delta of Batesville.
Yet come January, Coach
Middleton knows his focus as
well as his Raiders’ focus will
turn to closing out district play.
An arduous task faces Oak Hill
when two back-to-back nights
of tough district opponents sit
in front of the Raiders. A trip
south to face Canton Academy
on Friday night January 11 will
soon be forgotten as Oak Hill
returns home Saturday January
12 to take on district favorite
Leake Academy.
“We don’t have much time to
fool around come January,”
said Middleton in regards to the
Canton Academy and Leake
Academy games, “with Canton
and Leake back-to-back it’s
going to be tough, winning
those two games though will
place us into the first seed for
the district tournament.”
The coveted first seed is a
great goal for a team that is
very beat-up heading towards
the final stretch of a long regu-
lar season. With a little bit more
to gain, the Raiders may find
their spark and a little more grit
that may propel them to district
success. Oak Hill’s first action
of the New Year will come
against Marshall Academy
when the Raiders travel to
Holly Springs to seek revenge
against the Patriots on January
Bryan Davis
Oak Hill sophomore Matthew Gwathney fghts for a rebound during last week’s home match against
Daily Times Leader Sunday, December 30, 2012 • Page 7
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Bryan Davis
Oak Hill girls basketball head coach Stan Hughey talks to his players during a time out against East
Webster High School at Immanuel’s holiday tournament on Thursday night.
Lady Raiders looking to become golden
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Lady Raiders have been
absolutely dominant this sea-
son and it is only the end of
December. Once again Oak
Hill put on commanding per-
formances at the Immanuel
Christmas Tournament as the
Lady Raiders defeated both of
their opponents and very easily
to say the least.
This well-oiled machine
which is Lady Raider basket-
ball is led by their strong-willed
head coach, Stan Hughey, play-
ing hard every single minute of
the game. After defeating
Winona Christian Friday night
soundly and a landslide victory
Thursday over MHSAA-
member East Webster, Coach
Hughey still believes his Lady
Raiders have not yet peaked
though tallying an early 16-3
record before the start of the
new year.
“We showed some signs of
doing some things better
tonight, our defense was better,
” commented Coach Hughey
following the 62-23 victory
over East Webster, “I was real-
ly pleased with today, East
Webster has good tradition, it is
a game we wanted to play well,
and our girls played well.”
Not only has the guidance of
coach Hughey led to success,
Oak Hill is an experienced ball
club with four Seniors (Lauren
Billington, Rachel Herndon,
Anna Ready, and Shay Atkins)
and many players that have
played valuable varsity minutes
prior to this 2012-2013 season.
Four Lady Raiders are current-
ly averaging between 8 to 10
points a game and all have
played a very strong brand of
basketball in the months of
November and December. It is
a case of balance for the Lady
Raiders as every single varsity
player has contributed a great
amount of hard work to the
winning ways of Oak Hill.
“We have a lot of balance, it
is not just a one man show,”
said Hughey about what his
girls have done so far this sea-
son, “Herndon is a great shoot-
er and so is Ready; Maegan
[Ellis] is a great point guard she
is like a magician; Atkins is so
good defensively and so is
Many of the wins for the
Lady Raiders have come
against difficult opponents
such as North Delta, Indianola
Academy, and Heritage
Academy. Coach Hughey also
has picked up his four hun-
dredth win early in November
which is a very monumental
career achievement for any ball
coach. Yet Hughey is very
humble about his achievement
and is seeking something a lit-
tle more golden. Coach Hughey
and his Lady Raiders want to
win the MAIS overall tourna-
ment in February, a first Gold
Ball trophy for the Oak Hill
Defeating schools such as
North Delta and Indianola early
in the year builds confidence
for the Lady Raiders as these
teams will stand in front of Oak
Hill’s post-season success.
Another team that Coach
Hughey wants to find a victory
against, and has not this season,
is perennial power Leake
See ‘Girls’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Sunday, December 30, 2012
www. d a i l y t i me s l e a d e r . c o m
365 Days of Christmas
First Baptist Church Early Childhood Development Center had a Christmas program on Dec. 11, called 365 Days of Christmas. The children sang songs about how they would like
the joy that they celebrate at Christmas to be all year. The program began with Jingle Bells and ended with We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Submitted Photos
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Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Sunday, December 30, 2012
Some Christmas cheer
Hannah Golson, Evan Golson, Reagan Plunkett and Harley
Kate Pluckett greeted passersby in front of West Point TV
and Appliance by singing Christmas carols and giving away
peppermints a few days before Christmas. Photo by
Donna Summerall
West Clay hosts food drives
America Reads tutors at West Clay Elementary School
decided to teach the students about the true meaning of
Christmas. Beverly McKinney and Wyvonia Webb orga-
nized 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 fan-
tastic 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
board, I don’t mean any
harm, fellows, but we’re not
doing what we need to be
doing. There’s a lot we can be
working on. We have our own
schedules, we come to the
meetings when we feel like it;
we don’t feel like it, we don’t
come. But we are employed to
these people for four years. We
need to give them four years.”
He said the money for these
enhancements is not going to
fall in the county’s lap; supervi-
sors have to be willing to look
for funding, he said.
District 2 Supervisor Luke
Lummus said the majority of
grants the county has received
from GTPDD were only grant-
ed to the county due to the low
to moderate income bracket of
certain residents, who the
money would benefit. Lummus
said the board has attempted to
secure other grants from the
GTPPD but have not been able
to because the people who
would be affected by those
grants were not in the low to
moderate income bracket.
“A lot of that stuff we want-
ed to do we didn’t have the
funds or we didn’t want to put
the burden back on our taxpay-
ers than what’s already on them
now because of the decline of
our real property,” Lummus
said. “When our property value
went down this year the monies
that come into Clay County
was less. That’s the reason we
had to go up on our millage. We
didn’t let anybody go, every-
body still had their insurance;
that’s a big plus because there
were a lot of counties that had
to let people go.”
Lummus said real and per-
sonal property taxes is what the
county depends greatly on for
revenue and said he is not in
favor of imposing more taxes
on citizens to finance future
improvement projects.
“You take some people who
are barely making it as they
are,” he said. “I want to com-
mend this board for making the
steps and joining the Golden
Triangle Development LINK.
This is the best chances this
year that we have ever had to
represent Clay County and the
city of West Point in an eco-
nomic development arena...
This team is a driving force,
and it’s the best chance we will
ever have. Shelton is right. We
have to plan, but there’s a lot of
factors that go into the reason
we haven’t went further...I feel
that I’ve done my job as far as
representing the taxpayers in
District 2, economizing, doing
the best we can on what we
have to work with because I’m
not going to take a calling and
cussing out because their prop-
erty taxes went up when I have
no effect in it.”
“When you raise the taxpay-
ers’ taxes you raise everybody’s
taxes in this board room,”
Deanes said. “When you sit
down and look at the whole
picture if you don’t raise taxes
and we don’t get jobs you’re
going to have to raise taxes
again next year. There’s no way
around it. It’s sad, but some-
times you have to listen to the
Blues. You have to be realistic
about it. Sometimes you don’t
want to play the Blues, but you
have to face it.”
County Attorney Bob
Marshall said East Mississippi
Community College has a five
year plan, which is in incre-
ments, and the plan is tweaked
as situations change. He said a
five year plan may be good for
Clay County, and the county’s
plan can also be adjusted to
meet the changes that may
come about in the county.
“It gives you a vision,”
Marshall said. “If you get that
one to five year plan imple-
mented, then as money might
start coming in you have some-
thing already in place that you
want to use it for. You also have
resources out there from con-
sultants who do nothing but
write grants and resources out
there that can give you ideas on
where the money is and what
you need to do. I would think it
would probably take some out-
side expertise to come in and
lay that out.”
believed in myself.”
When Wofford asked him
about his goal, Gentry said, “I
really want to walk by
Christmas.” As they continued
to work out day by day, his legs
got stronger, as did his arms
and chest, which motivated
him to keep going. Little by
little, he got steadier on his
“My job was easy. He did the
real work,” Wofford said. “He
had to show up every day and
trust me when I asked him to
do something out of his com-
fort zone. He inspired me and
makes my job worth going to.”
The week of Christmas,
Gentry began walking without
assistance. Then he had an
idea. “I know it’s kind of corny,
but I wanted Justin to know
how grateful I am. how much
this means to me,” he said. So
he took the cane he no longer
needs and wrote in silver pen:
“You have given me the
greatest gift. You have given
me my legs and the ability to
walk again. My deepest grati-
tude, Jimmy Gentry. Merry
Christmas 2012.”
He presented Wofford with
the cane during their Christmas
Eve workout. Gentry will head
back to Las Vegas on Jan. 3,
but he’ll go back with more
than just a new friend and
workout partner. “He has given
me my strength, my drive, my
hope back that I had lost,” he
Gentry said he realizes he
still has a long way to go to
recovery, but Wofford isn’t
sending him back empty-hand-
ed. “He designed a workout for
me to take home, along with
instructions reminding me how
to do everything,” he said.
Clay County Medical Center
and later transported to North
Mississippi Medical Center in
Tupelo. The West Point Fire
Department was called to the
scene and used rescue tools to
remove the driver side door so
that paramedics could get to the
injured driver.
Driving the Rio was Miranda
Pennington who was not taken
to the hospital, but a female
passenger of the Rio was trans-
ported to the Clay County
Medical Center. At press time
Friday the conditions of the
two victims could not be deter-
The accident is still under
investigation by the WPPD.
Sheena Baker
After rescue personnel removes the driver door of a Honda Acura Friday, paramedics begin extricating the driver from the vehicle to
receive further medical assistance.
‘Wreck’ continued from page 1
‘County’ continued from page 1
‘Gift’ continued from page 1
‘Girls’ continued from page 7
Academy. The Lady Rebels
of Leake Academy put one on
the nose of the Lady Raiders
60-39 back on December 14.
“We have a long way now;
they [Leake] really put it on us
down there,” said Coach
Hughey about the challenge of
beating a strong Leake
Academy which is in the same
district as Oak Hill.
Though the Lady Raiders
failed to defeat Leake in
Madden, Oak Hill has many
positives to take away from the
first half of the season. In a
district home game, Oak Hill
held Manchester Academy to
only seven points for the whole
game, defeating the Lady
Mavericks 52-7. The Lady
Raiders have played well on
defense, especially collectively
as a team. Also Oak Hill has a
pair of sharp-shooters in
Herndon and Ready lighting up
the scoreboard from all over
the floor.
All these positives will lead
to a possible deep run during
the February post-season when
every team will want to be
playing their best basketball.
Coach Hughey and his Lady
Raiders will know what it takes
to break through AA competi-
tion and make it into the MAIS
all-around tournament. Keep
the Lady Raiders of Oak Hill
on your radar as the season
progresses toward the final
games. “You don’t want to be
playing your best ball until
February,” commented Coach
Hughey in closing, “I have
learned to take games one at a
time, and I am really pleased
right now where we are at.”
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