Archive - May 2014
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal aid program administered under the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture to provide food-purchasing assistance to low-or-no-income residents in the country.
The number of Clay County residents assisted by SNAP has steadily increased over the past decade, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Allene Mae Estridge, age 97, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at NMMC-West Point. She was born Feb. 15, 1917, to the late Chester and Lillie Mae Estridge. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday May 14, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home with Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bubba Todd, Claude Cartee, Bubba Whitt, Tim Bowman, Chris Todd, Cole Todd.
Visitation is , May 14, 2014, from 10 - 11 a.m. at Robinson Funeral Home.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County branch of the NAACP will host its Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ministerial Institute and College on East Churchill Road in West Point.
The banquet will be youth-oriented, and the Clay County NAACP has declared 2014 as the "Year For Our Youth."
West Point School District School-Community Liaison Robert Smith said he has been the coordinator for the banquet for about 15 years, and this is the first time it's had a youth theme.
BY MARY GARRISON
West Point residents are continuing to offer their support to Louisville tornado victims.
Members of the First United Methodist Church youth group are collecting bottled water for Louisville residents through Saturday. FUMC office manager Julie Gray said the youth group will accept cases, jugs or gallons of bottled water through Friday at the Bryan Youth Center of the church at 306 Westbrook St. in West Point. The initiative will culminate with a mass collection day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the Sunflower parking lot on Main Street.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
East Mississippi Community College is running day and night classes to prepare residents in the region to work at the new Yokohama Tire plant.
Yokohama is going to need 500 employees for the new tire plant, for which the state is responsible to provide as per a memorandum of understanding with the company. Should that agreement not be honored, the state will be held to an undisclosed monetary penalty.
Mississippi has charged EMCC to administer all the plant's pre-employment training.
BY ALEX HOLLOWAY
Special to Daily Times Leader
MAYHEW â€” The Golden Triangle Development LINK will officially unveil the findings of an extensive regional economic development study at 9 a.m. today at East Mississippi Community College.
Clayton Dale Koehn, age 82, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at his residence.
He was born July 20, 1931, in Kansas to the late Jonas and Laura Koehn. He was baptized into the Church of God In Christ, Mennonite Nov. 19, 1944. He married Phyllis Becker on October 26, 1952. He was a farmer for many years in Burns, Kan., before moving to West Point in 1979. He enjoyed his work and continued this occupation until his death.
Malinda Conaway, age 90, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10. 2014, from Strong Hill M.B. Church with Rev. Israel Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Hill Stockholderâ€™s Cemetery.
Visitation is today, Friday, May 9, 2014, from 2 â€“ 5 p.m. at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
By Donna Summerall
The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club welcomed special guest Ardrana Powell, intensive outpatient therapist with Mississippi Childrenâ€™s Home Services, to inform members about mental health services for foster children during the clubâ€™s meeting Wednesday at North Mississippi Medical Center Education Room in West Point.
â€śI deal with crisis,â€ť Powell said. â€śFamilies who take in foster children usually know they have a rough road ahead. Iâ€™m called to evaluate the child and the home when problems arise.â€ť
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Alleged burglaries have been keeping the West Point Police Department busy over the past month, and investigators ask all residents to keep their homes and vehicles secure.
WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the police are investigating an apparent burglary on Eshman Avenue. The victim arrived at their home April 22 in the 600 block of North Eshman, and reported signs of a break-in.