July 9th, 2014
A local man was arrested in connection to a weekend shooting at Oak Park Apartments on Cromwell Street in West Point.
According to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley, James Minor, 26, of 109 Cherry Lane in West Point, was arrested Saturday and charged with accessory after the fact.
Brinkley said officers were dispatched about 2 a.m. Saturday to 840 Cromwell St. in reference to a fight in progress. According to the incident report, the officers were en route to the scene when 911 dispatch informed them that shots had allegedly been fired.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The next step in the process of completing Yokohama Boulevard begins this week, as Eutaw Construction will commence paving the eastern part of the road Thursday.
The road, which stretches four miles from Highway 45 North to Barton Ferry Road, was one of things Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a location here.
Calvert-Spradling Engineers President Robert Calvert said the groundwork for the road began in February, and construction crews began preparing the road for pavement about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Wayne Gwathney, age 68, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona.
Mr. Wayne was born Jan. 27, 1946, in Shelby, the son of the late John Walter and Garvis Christine Robertson Gwathney. He was raised in Louisville. He was the owner and operator of Wayne Construction Company. He was a Baptist. He married Carolyn Trulove Gwathney Dec. 22, 1967, in West Point. In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by one sister: Joann Gwathney.
William Roye Carnell Sr., age 65, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2014, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
He was born October 16, 1948, in New Albany, to the late David M. Carnell, Sr. and Mildred Irene (Roye) Carnell. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University where he lettered in football and was active in the M Club. He was a business entrepreneur and had numerous successful businesses in the Tupelo area over the years. He attended The Orchard in Tupelo.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Blighted properties and dilapidated buildings can be an eyesore for neighbors and passersby, and the city of West Point is taking steps to enhance beautification of the city's neighborhoods by demolishing these properties.
West Point Code Enforcement Officer Jeremy Klutts said the city is trying to clean up the neighborhoods, beginning last week with the demolition of two dilapidated houses on James Street and Meadowbrook Circle. The city demolished another abandoned home Monday on Crowell Street.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors reviewed the county's real and personal property tax rolls for 2014 at its meeting Monday.
The tax roll is a breakdown of all property that can be taxed within a given jurisdiction. The tax roll lists each property separately in addition to its assessed value.
Clay County Tax Assessor Paige Lamkin said she is required by state law to present the assessed value of real and personal property to the board at the first meeting in July every year.
BY MARY GARRISON
Mississippi Highway Patrol officers had their hands full throughout the July 4 weekend. The Golden Triangle region in particular was a hotspot for DUI activity, according to MHP citation reports.
By Will Nations
Reporterâ€™s note: Daily Times Leaderâ€™s sports section will take a look at various parks which service the West Point community. West Pointâ€™s Jesse W. Harmon Sportsplex is set to host the 2014 Dizzy Dean U-8 South State Tournament, starting Thursday, July 10. The multiple-part series in the DTL Sunday sports section will look at ideas of improvement and also showcase new additions.
Rosie B. Wells-Kincaid, 46, of West Point died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Starkville Manor in Starkville.
Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7 at Pooleâ€™s M.B. Church in West Point.
The Rev. Avis Shelton will officiate.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
By Donna Summerall
The 19th Annual Howlinâ€™ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is already in the planning stages and will open the doors at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium, formerly the campus of Mary Holmes College, for Blues aficionados to pay their respects to the legendary bluesman, Chester Arthur Burnett, West Pointâ€™s own â€śHowlinâ€™ Wolf.â€ť