Archive - 2014
West Point Police Department investigators are searching for a suspect in connection with an alleged armed robbery Saturday evening at Internet Cafe on West Main Street.
According to a WPPD statement to media, the cafe business manager was approached as she locked the front door to the establishment at closing hours Saturday night. A suspect described as wearing black pants, a black shirt and black cap, allegedly took the managerâ€™s purse â€” which contained two money bags holding an undisclosed amount of cash â€” and fled west, according to the release.
BY STEVEN NALLEY
Special to Daily Times Leader
STARKVILLE â€” When Yokohama Tire Corporation first set out to build a new plant in the U.S., West Point was among more than 3,000 possible sites the company had in mind.
Tadaharu Yamamoto, president of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM), said Yokohama first looked at 3,114 counties across the U.S. and, after screening, narrowed that to 116 counties in the Southeast. Yokohama received 85 applications from among these counties, he said, narrowing those to three finalists before deciding on West Point in Clay County.
The Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Clay County Coronerâ€™s office are investigating an ATV ride that turned deadly last week.
Taylor Dragoo, 15, of West Point, died Saturday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as a result of injuries suffered in an ATV accident Friday.
According to the accident report, Dragoo was driving south on Bus Blankenship Road in West Point, when he crossed Barton Ferry Road and reportedly lost control of the ATV.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Fifth Street Junior High seventh-grader Maney Darby,13, has been invited to participate in the Foundations of Leadership conference July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
The conference is hosted by Envision Career and Leadership Programs, and is for middle school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement, according to Envision's website.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
East Mississippi Community College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for new Golden Triangle campus student union Friday in Mayhew.
Construction for the nearly $15 million two-story, 76,000 square-foot building is expected to take two years. The union will be located next to the humanities and fine arts building on campus and will consist of 12 multi-purpose classrooms, a lecture hall, computer lab, small and large conference rooms, a bookstore, a cafeteria with an open dining area, private dining rooms and a small fitness center.
BY MARY GARRISON
West Point School District is working to meet the continuing changes in state and federal educational testing standards, and WPSD Testing Director Kris Hollis is hoping to keep the community informed on those standards. Hollis appeared before the West Point Rotary Club Thursday at First United Methodist Church to update Rotarians on some of the most recent changes.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Summer is bearing down on Clay County, and four-legged locals could be suffering from the heat more than most.
West Point Animal Control Officer Brent Brooks said itâ€™s important for residents to take extra care of their dogs during the summer months. The city has received several calls about dog dehydration, according to Brooks, with three in the last week alone.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Local members of the timber industry went before the Clay County Board of Supervisors to speak on the countyâ€™s proposed heavy hauling ordinance at the boardâ€™s meeting Thursday.
The board has been discussing a $35,000 bond from each timber hauler transporting more than 50,000 pounds to repair any damage caused to county roads.
Tonya Cade McBeth passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Memphis at the age of 40. She was born on Nov. 14, 1973, to Sherwin Hollis and William Cade. She was a member of Whitten Baptist Church in Memphis. She was a retired Certified Financial Planner.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Shipley officiating. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery in Brooksville. Visitation will be Friday, June 6, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home.
Matthew J. Lautar passed away at home June 2, 2014, in Cordova, Tenn. He was born March 1, 1941 in Barberton, OH.
He graduated from West Point MS High School in 1959. He attended Millsapâ€™s College and was a member of the football team and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He transferred to the University of Mississippi in 1961. After graduating from Ole Miss, he joined Consolidated Packaging in Houston, MS before moving to Little Rock ,AR in 1966 while serving in Air Force National Guard.