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Courtesy photo/Jim LytleWest Point head football coach Chris Chambless, at left, and the Green Wave (8-2) hosts Lewisburg High (3-8) at 7 p.m. today. West Point has established a tradition of behind-the-scenes hard work that has led to an impressive run of success.
BY ANDREW [email protected]
Golden Triangle voter turn-out was under 50 percent during Tuesdays election.
Across Lowndes, Oktibbe-ha, Clay and Noxubee coun-ties, 39,686 out of 87,938 voters went to the polls. Thats about 45 percent, according to area circuit clerk offices.
In Lowndes County, 17,859 ballots were cast among 38,832
registered voters.Lowndes County Circuit
Clerk Haley Salazar, who did not seek re-election this year, said while turnout was higher than the primary votes, there is still ample room for improve-ment.
Its better than what weve seen in some recent elections, Salazar told The Dispatch on Wednesday. You dont want to say that is a great turnout, because thats still not even
50 percent. We still need to work on getting those numbers up. Id say its a good start, but weve got a long way to go to get all the people back par-ticipating in the system.
She said the 2008 presiden-tial election that gave President Barak Obama his first term was the most voted on race in her tenure.
Tuesday, Clay County post-ed the regions highest turn-
out rate, as 7,931 out of 14,436 registered voters went to polls. Thats just over 51 percent.
Noxubee County posted the regions lowest turnout rate, as 3,792 out of 9,388 registered voters voted. Thats about 40 percent.
In Oktibbeha County, 10,644 out of 25,582 registered voters, or 42 percent, cast ballots. The Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk office still has about 400 affidavit and absentee ballots to count as of Thursday morn-ing.
Area voter turnout below 50 percentCounty Registered voters Ballots cast Percentage
Lowndes 38,832 17,859 44.8
Oktibbeha 25,282 10,644 42.1
Clay 14,436 7,391 51.2
Noxubee 9,388 3,792 40.3
Total 87,938 39,686 45
BY BEN [email protected]
Aeris Williams learned the definition of physicality.As a ninth-grader, Williams watched his West Point High School football teammates lift weights and pull tires. On Thursdays, a day when other teams usually rest to prepare for the game the next day, Williams watched as members of the Green Wave did full workouts.
Williams indoctrination in 2010 continued in practice, games and the offseason. He began to understand what was expected if he was going to play Green Wave football.
We already know what the standard is, Williams said. We just try to live up to that standard and be better than that standard...from the seniors all the way down, it just kind of trickles down. Everybody just picks it up.
That mind-set helped Williams rush for 1,697 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and earn Mississippi Asso-
Courtesy photo/Jim LytleChris Calvert, a West Point High School running back, runs the ball against Saltillo High School earlier this season.
In West Point, a winning traditions roots
We already know what the standard is
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Weve got a long way to go to get people back participating in the system
Area voter turnout
Officials: Election outcomes unlikely to changeOktibbeha County officials continue processing todayBY CARL [email protected]h.com
Although Oktibbeha County election officials did not reveal updated vote to-tals Wednesday, candidates in tight rac-es say the remaining ballots are unlikely to change Tuesdays results.
The general election ended with three tight races too close to call: the Districts 3 and 4 supervisor races and District 3s justice court post.
Officials processed affidavit ballots Wednesday, accepting 180 and rejecting 76 county-wide, and continued hand-tal-lying absentee votes. Election manag-ers are also waiting on three voters to return with proper identification for their ballots and an addressing problem with one voter to be solved.
The District 3 Supervisor race be-tween Republican Denny Daniels and Democrat Marvell Howard had incum-bent Howard leading his opponent by 44 votes after a partial absentee count.
On Wednesday, Howard said early absentee processing indicated he had a 55 vote lead with 24 left to count, and he could pick up an additional 22 affidavits. In all, officials said District 3 yielded 34 accepted affidavits, with one acceptance pending.
The Daniels-Howard race was a re-match of 2011s tightest race, one in which Howard won re-election by three votes.
I dont think the numbers are in my favor right now, but Im waiting to see what they are. My numbers and the numbers the circuit clerks office have are different, but I think there will be a 20-30 vote gap (between Howards lead), Daniels said. Im ready to win one outright.
(Waiting for a clear victory) is some-thing Ive grown accustomed to, How-
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