Archive - 2014
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A West Point man is in custody after Starkville police arrested him in connection with a reported armed robbery and shooting.
A Starkville Police Department press release said officers arrested 26-year-old Antwjuan Terry of 326 West Half Mile St., Apartment A8, in West Point on suspicion of aggravated assault and armed robbery.
According to the release, the department initially responded to the incident Thursday, when the male victim was seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound.
West Point Police Department officers are investigating two aggravated assault cases following an alleged stabbing and shooting Saturday.
According to a WPPD statement to the media, E911 dispatched officers about 5:38 p.m. to a residence on Falcon Street in West Point, in response to a possible stabbing. First responders discovered a 31-year-old woman, whose name has been withheld, with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to her upper thigh and abdomen upon arrival. The victim was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus for treatment.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Starting this year, the Howlinâ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, typically held the night before the Prairie Arts Festival in West Point, will be under new management.
Howlinâ Wolf Blues Societyâs active board members have handed over all functions of the annual blues festival to the newly formed Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF), headed up by Southern Ionics owner and blues festival sponsor Milton Sundbeck.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point and Clay County residents came together to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Friday at the annual Relay for Life event in Sally Kate Winters Park.
The goal for this yearâs Relay was $35,000, according to Clay County Relay for Life Co-Chair Debbie Hinshaw. She said sheâs confident that, although final figures had not been counted as of Monday, this yearâs Relay exceeded the goal.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Oak Hill Academy is reshuffling its coaches in preparation of girls basketball coach and athletic director Stan Hugheyâs departure from the school.
Brian Middleton, who previously coached boys basketball, will begin coaching boys and girls varsity teams, according to OHA Headmaster Yandell Harris.
Harris said OHA originally wanted to find a new girls basketball coach to replace Hughey, but during the search it became apparent that Middleton wanted to take over coaching girls in addition to boys.
Sarah Delayne (Laney) Morgan, 61, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Louisville Health Care in Louisville.
She was an Administrative Assistant for more than 32 years in the Agronomy Department at Mississippi State University and a member of Adaton Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother, aunt, sister and friend. She enjoyed camping, skiing, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Grady Wayne Jones and Mary Nell Fulgham Jones; and sister, Beth Jones Irby.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Mississippi Economic Council and M.B. Swayze Foundationâs Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program recognizes high school seniors in the state with the highest ACT score in their class.
This year, Khiante Falls, daughter of Florence Falls-Smith, Corey Smith and Elvis G. Jones, was selected as West Point High Schoolâs STAR Student.
The national âClick It or Ticketâ campaign begins on May 19, and the West Point Police Department and Clay County Sheriffâs Department are advising citizens to buckle up and drive safely.
The campaign, which will run through June 1, is a coordinated seat belt enforcement effort to reduce the number of lives lost in vehicle crashes on roads and highways, according to the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD will have a number of safety checkpoints, otherwise known as roadblocks, in strategic areas around the city.
By Donna Summerall
The Pilot Club of West Point (PCWP) welcomed Allyson Leitner, incoming president of the Pilot Club of Starkville. She has spent her life caring for family.
A West Point man was arrested on suspicion of possession one count of child pornography Thursday, according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
Marcus Wilburn Knight, 49, of 141 South Division St., was arrested by the Attorney Generalâs Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the West Point Police Department. WPPD is a member of the ICAC Task Force.
Knight is being held in Clay County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $25,000.