The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-25T13:55:36-04:00 brings 'Christ In The Passover' to WEBC2015-03-25T13:55:36-04:002015-03-25T13:55:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderBy Donna Igor Barbanel of Jews for Jesus is presenting “Christ In The Passover” at 10 a.m. Sunday March 29 at West End Baptist Church (WEBC). Jesus' Last Supper was in actuality a Jewish Passover. Barbanel will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus' death and resurrection. “We are so very thrilled to have Igor Barbanel coming to share the Jewish experience of Passover with us,” Chris Layton, pastor of WEBC, said. “The people involved in Jews for Jesus are missionaries going all over the United States to educate Christians about how the Jewish traditions are the key to understanding the fulfillment of the covenant through Jesus.” According to the website, “Christ In The Passover” has been presented at more than 38,000 churches. It has been enthusiastically received by Christians who hunger to know more about the Jewish origins of their faith. “Jews for Jesus was founded in 1973,” Barbanel said. “By Moishe Rosen who has co – authored the book “Christ In The Passover” with his wife Ceil. The book explores Passover in ancient times and how it is practiced today, The book will be available after the presentation. As will be a DVD of the presentation. It will have David Brickner, executive director for Jews for Jesus. officiating.” Brickner is a fifth generation Jewish believer in Jesus, who succeeded Rosen as executive director in 1996. Brickner keeps the organization on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in eleven countries, including the United States, France, Israel, Russia, Brazil and South Africa. “We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” said Brickner. “There are still a few who haven't heard of us and we are going to change that.” Brickner said as Jew who recognize Jesus as the Messiah, they believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. They recognize the value of traditional Jewish literature, but only where it is supported by or conformable to the Word of God. They regard it as in no way binding upon life or faith. They believe in one sovereign God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, unbounded in power and measureless in love; that God is the source of all creation and that through the immediate exercise of His power all things came into being. The fulfillment of the covenant between God and man is made manifest through Jesus and “Christ In The Passover” will help Christians to understand exactly what that entails, Brickner said. “We want to invite everyone to come to West End Baptist Church and learn from Igor Barbanel about the true meaning of Passover,” Layton said. “This will be a powerful look into the origins of Christianity just in time to better understand the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ during the upcoming Easter celebration.” For more information, visit or call WEBC 494-2137. Follow Donna Summerall on Twitter @life_donnas or @dtleader. West Point, MSDONNA SUMMERALLBarbanel brings 'Christ In The Passover' to WEBCDaily Times considering new bucket truck2015-03-23T12:32:42-04:002015-03-23T12:32:42-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe City of West Point is considering a $219,229 bid from Altec, Inc. for the purchase of a new bucket truck for the city's Water and Light Department.City officials opened a sealed bid from Altec Friday morning — the only bid received — and will present the bid at the next Board of Selectmen meeting on April 14.Interim Water and Light Superintendent George Hinnant said the new truck would replace an outdated truck in the department's fleet."When I started here, the fleet was in terrible condition," Hinnant said. "We've worked on repairing many of the trucks and they're much better and safer now, but some are so worn out that they aren't usable."The new 2016 model bucket truck would feature an EZ Trac front-axle assistance, 46-foot bucket and Yokohama tires."There's also a feature where, if you're up in the bucket, you can lower up there in addition to down on the truck, so you won't get stranded up there if you're between phases," Hinnant said. "We got a really good price."West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city has slowly added new vehicles to it's various fleets - first with a new fire truck earlier in 2014, followed by four new police vehicles in September and a new garbage truck for the Public Works Department in November. West Point, MSNo author availableCity considering new bucket truckDaily Times judges hear motions2015-03-23T12:30:33-04:002015-03-23T12:30:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comJudges were on hand during the past week at the Clay County Courthouse to hear motions in advance of the upcoming April Circuit Court term."The judge will usually come a little before the court term and have a motion day and hear any motions there may be," Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said. "He'll hear probation hearings and occasionally do some sentencing, especially if maybe the attorney won't be there for the regular court term."One of the items from this week was to set a hearing date for Germel Shaw. Shaw, 35, of West Point, was previously sentenced to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Nov. 11. He was charged with reckless driving and fleeing a law enforcement official, in addition to possession of a weapon — a .40 caliber Kal-Tech pistol — by a convicted felon. Shaw was previously convicted for burglary of a dwelling in 2002 and charged as a habitual offender last year. A sentence-reduction for Shaw was set for April 6.Also this past week, Richard Hamilton, 46, of West Point, was placed on post release supervision. Hamilton plead guilty to one count sale of cocaine and one count sale of marijuana and served eight years in MDOC. He was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision, which was initially suspended. Hamilton was placed back on post release supervision after serving his eight years, as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. West Point, MSNo author availableCircuit judges hear motionsDaily Times works to shed priority status2015-03-19T13:21:50-04:002015-03-19T13:21:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point High school was classified as a priority school by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) three years ago, and school officials are working to drop that status after this school year.According to MDE's website, the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as schools with graduation rates below 60 percent, are classified as priority schools. West Point School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald said once a school is classified as a priority school, it must remain under that classification for at least three years."The high school's graduation rate dipped below 60 percent for three consecutive years from about 2009-11," McDonald said. "The department of education sent us a technical assistant that worked with us to identify goals and ways to improve the school."WPHS Principal Jermaine Taylor said the school has to meet certain indicators set forth by the state to be removed from priority status."There are leading and lagging indicators," Taylor said. "Leading indicators are things you can see results from right away, such as attendance rate and discipline reports. Lagging indicators are things you don't see until later on, such as graduation rate and college entry rate."According to MDE, there are nine leading indicators: number of minutes within the school year and day, student participation for state testing, percentage of students completing advanced courses, dropout rate, attendance rate, disciplinary incidents, truants, distribution of teachers and teacher attendance rate.There are six lagging indicators, according to MDE, which include student proficiency level on state testing, average scores on state testing, percentage of limited English-proficient students who attain English-proficiency, school improvement status, college enrollment rate and graduation rate.Taylor said that for WPHS to get out of priority status, it has to meet five of the nine leading indicators and three of the six lagging ones. He said the school is in the process of re-evaluating its goals. "We're stressing student and teacher attendance, and our goal for students was 95 percent, and for teachers was 98 percent," he said. "We've only dropped below 90 percent for student attendance in December and February. December is always a bad month for attendance, and I attribute much of the February attendance to the weather. We had some snow days, and some students were out for additional days around that time."West Point, MSNo author availableWPHS works to shed priority statusDaily Times welcomes new editor2015-03-19T13:19:16-04:002015-03-19T13:19:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comDaily Times Leader is introducing a new face to West Point and Clay County. Editor William Carroll joined the newspaper crew this week, filling a vacancy left by former editor Mary Garrison. Garrison left Daily Times Leader on Feb. 6 for a position in her home state of Kentucky, and Carroll stepped in to fill the position Monday. "William will be a welcome addition to our staff, and to West Point and Clay County," DTL Publisher Don Norman said. "Coming from working in community newspapers, he understands the importance of community news."Carroll, originally from Pearl, wasn't always a news man. A 1993 graduate of Pearl High School, he received a degree in history from Belhaven University in Jackon in 1997."After I graduated, I realized that other than maybe being a history teacher in a high school, there weren't a lot of jobs in that field," Carroll said. "I decided to go to law school and, after taking the LSAT, I wound up with a full scholarship to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso University."He graduated from law school in 2001, and took a job as a public defender in Kingman, Arizona, before moving to the county attorney's office as a prosecutor. "I worked as a public defender for about six months, and I hated it," he said. "All my clients were guilty and I didn't like defending them. A friend who I'd tried cases against assisted me in applying for a prosecutor's job, and I did that from 2002 to 2007, when I started my own practice."As a prosecutor, Carroll primarily worked narcotics cases, and worked on a drug task force. He operated a private practice with a fellow attorney before they went their separate ways in 2010."I decided probably around 2009 that I didn't want to be a lawyer anymore," Carroll said. "I liked the money, but I never liked being an attorney. I'd originally gotten into law because I thought I could make a difference, and I'd gotten to the point where I didn't feel like that was possible."After leaving his law practice, Carroll turned to what he said was a major interest to him growing up: journalism.West Point, MSNo author availableDTL welcomes new editorDaily Times to show 'Captured By Grace'2015-03-19T12:23:37-04:002015-03-19T12:23:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in West Point is presenting “Captured By Grace” a documentary film that continues the story of Louis Zamperini after the film “Unbroken”ends. The film is released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The FPC is having a chili supper and a presentation of the film at 5 p.m. March 22. “The film 'Unbroken' is powerful,” Brandon Bates, pastor of FPC, said. “But the story of Louis Zamperini's coming to a Billy Graham Crusade and accepting Christ as his saviour is even more powerful.” Bates said he would like to invite the community to join the FPC in the family life center to have a bowl of chili, watch the presentation and enjoy fellowship together. “The Hollywood movie version of the book 'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand leaves out Zamperini's conversion to Christ,” Bates said. “I highly recommend the book to those who love history and love to read.” Bates said that he is proud of the fact the church has at least 20 veterans in its congregation. The church has veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Howard Miskelly Sr., is a veteran of World War II and fought in Germany. “We were taking on an SS Camp in Germany which wasn't easy,” Miskelly said. “I had a friend named Richardson during my time there. While we were in battle, he jumped up from the foxhole to charge the Germans and was shot straight through the heart.” Miskelly said it still haunts him that he didn't share his faith with his friend. To this day it resonates with him to tell others and share the gospel with those he comes in contact with. “During my time in the service, I found out I needed more than mama and daddy.” Miskelly said. “I needed God. We all did then. We still do now.” Cliff Mitchener was called into service during the Korean Conflict. “It was called an undeclared war,” Mitchener said. “We were called into action so quickly we weren't truly prepared. We were still using army surplus rifles from World War II. It was the shortest war the United States ever fought and there was no clear winner.” Michener said this movie is very important to let people know what sort of atrocities were taking place during World War II. “I knew a man who had been a P.O.W. in Germany,” Michener said. “He was in the actual Stalag 17. He lived up into his 90's and never talked about what had happened to him until he was in his 80's. The horrors never left him.” Gene Smith was a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and captured by the Vietnamese in Aug. of 1967. “I can relate to 'Unbroken',” Smith said. “There were sadistic guards where we were kept, as well. But the most important part of the story is what will be shown here. His conversion to Christ. I would not have made it through my time as a prisoner of war without my faith. The old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes is true. I had to hold on to God to make it. Without God, I never would have come home.” Bates said FPC wants to be a church that is welcoming to everyone. Inviting the community to join them for chili and an inspirational film is something that is inclusive for everyone. “As Presbyterians we are Evangelical Presbyterians.” Bates said. “We preach salvation through Jesus Christ. I'm very grateful for the film 'Unbroken' because people will want to know more and read the book which contains Zamperini's acceptance of Christ as his saviour. More people will reached by the book.” For more information, call 494 -3858 or visit Point, MSDONNA SUMMERALLFPC to show 'Captured By Grace'Daily Times sets make-up days2015-03-18T14:21:02-04:002015-03-18T14:21:02-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comAfter missing four days due to snow and ice during the last two weeks, the West Point School District board voted to add three days to the end of the school year at its meeting Monday.Students missed Feb. 24-26 due to as much as six inches of snow in some areas of the city and county, as well as March 5 due to an ice storm.Assistant Superintendent Tim Fowler said the district would make up the missed days on April 6, May 22, 25 and 26."April 6 was going to be the Easter Monday holiday, and we already had that built into the calendar as a make-up day," Fowler said. "Beyond that, the only other option we had was to add days on to the end of the semester."West Point, MSNo author availableWPSD sets make-up daysDaily Times to upgrade phone services2015-03-18T14:14:07-04:002015-03-18T14:14:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe City of West Point is looking into installing a new phone service for city buildings, such as City Hall and the Water and Light Department, that could save West Point more than $1,000 per month.At its meeting last week, the Board of Selectmen approved a contract between the city and C-Spire Wireless and the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the new voice over Internet service would upgrade the city's phone services in addition to saving money. "The city's phone bill has been running about $4,500 per month, and Just to replace the service will be about $1,000 cheaper," Jones said. "City phones don't have a voice mail service, and this will add that service, along with call forwarding and other pro-business features.He said the new system would also improve city services to residents."When the service is installed, if you call after hours the call will go directly to the standby employee," Jones said. "Previously that call went to 911, and that could be problematic as they were also having to deal with regular 911 calls."West Point, MSNo author availableCity to upgrade phone servicesDaily Times twins to speak at Luncheon With Books2015-03-18T12:11:58-04:002015-03-18T12:11:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Katherine and Margaret King, authors of three books and natives of Oxford, are speaking at noon Thursday, during Luncheon with Books at the Bryan Public Library in West Point. The Kings have published three books, “Y'all Twins?,” “Which is Which?” and the latest book, released in 2014, is “Our Josephine.” The first two books deal primarily with the early years of the identical twin sisters and their adventures. “We are very happy to have Katherine and Margaret King coming to speak to us Thursday at Luncheon with Books,” Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends of the Library, said. “The twins had to cancel last year due to a death in the family. We are thrilled to have them reschedule and visit with us.” Armstrong said both authors graduated from the University of Mississippi, Katherine with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics and Margaret with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in history. “After reading 'The Help' by Katherine Stockett and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee, we were inspired to seek out Miss Josephine,” Katherine King said. “Josephine Sanders was our grandmother’s caregiver. We hadn't seen her since 1969.” Katherine King said “Our Josephine” takes place during the pre - civil rights era in the 1950s. Things in the South were boiling over then and change was coming, like it or not, she said. During the summer of 1957 in Vicksburg, the twins were visiting their grandmother and great grandmother. The nine-year-old twins meet African-American sixteen-year-old Sanders, caregiver for their elderly bed-ridden great-grandmother. The twins try to pull Josephine into some of their misdeeds, but she resists and teaches them some of life’s most valuable lessons instead. “Josephine had to walk behind us on the sidewalks and we would look behind us constantly asking her to join us up front,” Margaret King said. “We loved her so. We didn't understand why things were that way.” At the beginning, the mid-summer visit started out with dread by the girls, but by week’s end, the twins were begging to stay longer. Margaret King said “Our Josephine” is a poignant and wonderful story about the gentle side of race relations between the three generations. Sanders, wise beyond her age, acts as the catalyst to everyone in the pre-civil rights era. Margaret King said the then 16 – year – old Sanders often had to explain what the inequalities of that time meant so they could better understand the differences between the races. Margaret King said the first two books deal with the fun the identical twin girls had growing up in Oxford during the 1950s. At age 6, the girls hopped a ride on the back of a wagon driven by a famous member of the community, William Faulkner, according to Margaret King. “You don't have to be a twin or know a set of twins to enjoy the King twins.” Armstrong said. “They bring a lot of humor and mischief in their writing and we are so very glad they're willing to share their work and their early life with us during Luncheon With Books.”West Point, MSDONNA SUMMERALLKing twins to speak at Luncheon With BooksDaily Times in concert at WEBC2015-03-17T11:20:43-04:002015-03-17T11:20:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times West End Baptist Church (WEBC) in West Point is welcoming Marty Haggard, son of country music legend, Merle Haggard, for a concert Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. After the concert there will be a meet and greet in the family life center. “I've known Marty for at least 13 years,” Chris Layton, pastor of WEBC, said. “ He was doing a concert in Florida and when I contacted him, he said he'd be happy to swing by and do a concert at our church.” Layton said Haggard was born and raised in Bakersfield, Calif., and everyone knows his dad, Merle Haggard. Haggard was privileged to be a part of his Dad's career and having the opportunity to meet many of the country greats as well as celebrities and dignitaries. “In 1979, Marty began touring with his own band, then in 1981 signed with Dimension Records,” Layton said. “From 1983 to 1985 he travelled with his Dad, singing harmony and playing guitar. In 1986, he signed with MTM Records and released Trains Make Me Lonesome, a song which garnered him a nomination as best new male vocalist. In 1995, Marty signed with Critique/BMG and afterward decided to leave the Nashville lifestyle behind.” Layton said Haggard had his fill of the country music scene after coming to Christ. In 1999, Haggard and his wife, Tessa, formed Marty Haggard Music and Marty began writing and singing spiritual songs. In 2001, Haggard and his wife Tessa were blessed with a son, Jamey Cole Haggard. For 10 years Haggard travelled the country playing at churches and other venues proclaiming his love for Jesus, according to Layton. “We want to invite everyone to come and meet Marty and enjoy his music,” Layton said. “He will do music about his father, but he also sings praises about his heavenly Father. Anyone who loves country music will have a wonderful time.” Layton said Haggard's love for his Dad's music inspired him to begin a project titled A Tribute To Merle Haggard "My Dad." “I'm so very happy to have Marty coming to share his testimony,” Brad Creely, minister of music for WEBC. said. It's nice to have someone who had everything the world had to offer and still recognized his need for salvation.” Creely said he's been a fan of Merle Haggard's since he was a boy and is looking forward to meeting Marty Haggard. For more information visit, West Point, MSDONNA SUMMERALLHaggard in concert at WEBCDaily Times