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July 15th

Roby pleads guilty to murder charge

July 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Natisha Roby, of Macon, plead guilty to 2nd degree murder for her involvement the October 2012 death of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge Lee Howard sentenced wRoby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Howard said that Roby initially entered a plea of not guilty, but while the jury was in recess she changed her plea to guilty. Howard then released the jurors as they were no longer needed for sentencing.

July 14th

Ben Prentiss Lester

July 14, 2014

Ben Prentiss Lester, husband of former West Point resident, Carolyn Brewster, passed away in their home in Palm Desert, Calif. joining the Lord Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Local youth earn grants for Clay County nonprofits

July 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Area nonprofit organizations are receiving a helping hand from some of Clay County's young citizens.
The Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation (NEMYF), a subsidiary of the CREATE foundation, seeks to engage the state's youth in the greater 17-county region in philanthropic work -- cultivating leadership skills and fostering a passion for volunteerism and caring about one's community in junior and senior high-school students.

City to host homebuyer workshop

July 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city will be hosting a free homebuyer education workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said the Mississippi Home of Your Own program, a division of the Institute of Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will provide training.
The city hosts the workshop every year and had already had one in January, according to Ryland, but she said she's gotten so many calls from citizens that she requested to do another.

Music Time program draws new crowd

July 14, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Hannah Garbutt has a passion to share her love of music with children. During her three years of employment with the Bryan Public Library in West Point, she had an idea to teach a music class. After approaching Tanna Taylor, library director, she was given the go – ahead to add Music Time with Miss Hannah (MTWMS) to the Summer Reading Program this year. The Clay County Arts Council stepped up and donated all the sheet music and supplies to help the program get started.

Circuit court begins today

July 14, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Circuit Court term for July begins Monday, and judges will see more than 120 cases during the two-week session.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said this term will be less hectic than the April term, which was a grand jury term with 261 cases, however it will still entail a lot of work.
"We won't have as many cases, but getting the jurors in and out and transferring prisoners will keep us pretty busy," Scott said. "We normally have 120-30 cases so this is business as usual."

July 11th

Dollie Ruth Dean

July 11, 2014

Dollie Ruth Dean, age 66, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at New Hope Woodland M.B. Church in Woodland, with Dr. David F. Stephens Jr. officiating,
Visitation is from 3 – 6 p.m. today, Friday, July 11, 2014, at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Finch expected to head West Point softball

July 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

On Thursday, Chris Chambless announced to the West Point Rotary Club that Casey Finch, a West Point native, has been selected as the next West Point Lady Wave softball head coach. Pending state teaching certification and West Point School Board approval, Finch would be the fifth head coach in three years for the program.

AD: Scoreboard complete before first home game

July 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

All towns have public figures. In West Point, Chris Chambless is considered by many to be one of those figures as athletic director and head football coach at West Point High School.
Chambless, the WPHS football head coach since 2006, addressed the West Point Rotary Club about ongoing projects and news about Green Wave athletics Thursday at the Ritz Theater. The main focus of the talk centered on the new scoreboard that will be erected at McAllister Field at WPHS.

WPHS holds summer commencement

July 11, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

For the first time since 2010, West Point High School held a summer graduation ceremony Thursday to recognize seniors who had not completed all requirements by May graduation, but were successful in completing the necessary work during summer school. In all, nine WPHS students participated in the summer commencement ceremony. Fourteen graduated overall.
“Having these students graduate is so very important,” WPHS Principal Jermaine Taylor said. “We want to provide our students with everything they needed to finish high school.”

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