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August 23rd

Security still top concern at WPSD

August 23, 2013

There is probably an Antionette Tuff at every school in America.

The woman who has been called the hero of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy shooting this week talked Michael Brandon Hill into giving up his weapons and ammunition before he was able to seriously injure anyone at the elementary school.

Tuff is one of the few individuals to ever get inside of the head of a school shooter before he was able to execute his plan of mass murder.

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WPSD hoping to build on last year’s test score growth

August 23, 2013

Not all of the accountability results are in from the Mississippi State Department of Education, but preliminary raw data released this week suggests that the West Point School District will see growth from the 2012-2013 school year.

“We saw growth in every one of our schools,” said WPSD Testing Coordinator Kristopher Hollis. “We saw growth in our MCT testing and our Subject Area Testing.”

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August 22nd

Local group advocates smoke-free West Point

August 22, 2013

Everyone wants the healthiest environment for their children. For this reason, Stephanie Collier project director of Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, wants to help make West Point a smoke-free community. The Tobacco Free Coalition met Wednesday morning at the Bryan Public Library to talk to community leaders, business owners and people who would like to work with the Tobacco Free Coalition. Collier wants to bring a non-smoking ordinance to West Point, much like the one in place in Tupelo and Starkville.

‘A long journey’ - Filming on 'OzLand' set to being in Kansas next week

August 22, 2013

The town of Minneola, Kansas is not too unlike West Point.

It was the differences in landscape and architecture which led hometown filmmaker Michael Williams to the midwestern town this summer.

Williams and his film crew were scouting for a location to film his first feature-length movie, “OzLand.”

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PSC promotes small business start incentives

August 22, 2013

Some 90 percent of small businesses fail within the first year of operation. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is working to help shave that number down through a small business incentive program which partners with energy providers to offer discounts on deposits and utility bills.

Longmire addresses Civitan membership

August 22, 2013

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club hosted John Longmire area director Mississippi North District Civitans.

Longmire is no stranger to the West Point club, he has visited many times previously and is always warmly welcomed.

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August 21st

FUTBOL TO FOOTBALL: Gordon makes transition from pitch to gridiron

August 21, 2013

PHEBA –– Harvey Gordon Sr., really never expected his son, Justin Gordon, to switch from kicking a round soccer ball to carrying an egg-shaped pigskin, but for Harvey futbal and football are the same thing now.

“I will tell you. What a child is going to do is never known till the time comes around for them to do it,” Harvey said with a laugh about Justin’s excursion into the world of eight-man football. “Soccer and football is football now, if you know what I am saying.”

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On the grill: Wood-fired pizzas

August 21, 2013

In March, my dad ordered a new grill. Last week, the grill finally arrived.

You must understand, though, this isn’t just any grill. This is a wood burning grill that can burn as hot as around 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This grill arrived on an 18-wheeler and weighs a little more than 450 pounds.

Local housing market down some, still stable

August 21, 2013

While residential construction nationwide has increased during the last year, and even in the last month — up 5.9 percent in July — West Point and Clay County haven’t necessarily followed the same trend.

Ben Perry Green, senior vice president for the lending division of Renasant Bank in West Point, said new residential construction lending at his establishment was steady but “certainly not booming.”

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WPCCAS combating population problem

August 21, 2013

Beginning its third year of operation, the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter has made an enormous impact on the number of unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized. As one of only two “No-Kill” shelters in Northeast Mississippi, the WPCCAS offers a haven for unwanted animals until they can be adopted.

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