March 4th, 2015
MS official discusses relationship dynamics with MS support group
By Donna Summerall
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a long-lasting disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves in the eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. At this time there is no cure.
Gayva Cannon Baldwin, self â€“ help leader for the Golden Triangle MS Support Group, held the group's meeting at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, at noon Tuesday in the Education Room.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors appointed Treva Hodge to serve as Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director at its meeting Monday.
Kerrie Gentry-Blissard had served as the county's EMA director since June in the absence of former EMA Director and Fire Chief Johnny Littlefield. She was appointed as interim EMA director on June 2, and promoted to director on Aug. 4. Blissard will continue to serve as deputy EMA director.
A new exhibit from a local artist is set to open March 8 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts in West Point.
Ben Rosenkrans' "A Southern Perspective" watercolor exhibit features paintings of old barns, homes and landscapes.
The exhibit is sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council and will hang until April 17. Arts Council Secretary Kathy Dyess said staff will be on hand on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. to allow visitors to see the show.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The new West Point Consolidated School District Board of Trustees is set to host its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
State legislation merged the West Point and Clay County School Districts into a new district in 2013. The new five-member board has three members appointed by the selectmen and two elected from the county.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
With the new Mossy Oak Golf Club looking to open its doors in 2017, the West Point Board of Selectmen voted to authorize a tax exemption for the new club at a special meeting Friday at City Hall.
The George Bryan family, founders of Old Waverly Golf Club, announced last week that it joined forces with golf course architect Gil Hanse and outdoor brand Mossy Oak to create the Mossy Oak Golf Club.
The new club will feature a 7,400 yard, par-72 golf course, a clubhouse and guest cabins to accommodate golf travelers.
West Point and Clay County saw as much as 6 inches of snow in some areas Wednesday, and while many residents made merry in the winter wonderland, the snow kept utility officials and first responders busy throughout most of the night.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the Water and Light Department received about 48 service calls Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors looks to move ahead with the purchase of two $225,000 Pierce Pump trucks for the countyâ€™s volunteer fire department at its meeting Monday.
The board was originally supposed to meet Wednesday, but, according to Chancery Clerk Amy Berry, it decided to postpone the meeting due to the winter weather.
Berry said the board would vote whether to approve advertisement for sealed bids for the trucks, which would be paid for with a combination of grant money and notes.
The West Point Clay County Animal Shelter has been closed to the public during the ice and snow event this week. Being closed to the public doesnâ€™t mean the animals are not receiving the care and attention they need.
â€śTechnically we donâ€™t close,â€ť Lisa Henley, director of the WPCCAS. said. â€śSomeone is at the shelter checking on the animals at least twice a day. During the cold weather, we keep an eye on the water for the dogs to make sure it hasnâ€™t frozen over.â€ť
The February meeting of the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution took place at the home of Marie Lowther in Cedar Bluff.
Regent Gaynell Duke presented the group with a flag recognizing the veterans of the Vietnam War.
Balloons, cake, fruit and vegetable trays and popcorn welcomed clients at the Wellness Center in West Point Monday as the facility celebrated 20 years of health and fitness.
â€śWe had more than 200 people visit us this morning,â€ť Tracy Stebbins Arnett, director of the Wellness Center said. â€śWe have been thrilled with the turnout. We had a lot of people come to take advantage of the free week we're offering. We saw a lot of new faces come in the door that were ready to feel and look their best.â€ť