January 15th, 2015
BY JOSH PRESLEY
A crowd of state, county and local officials along with area business leaders braved the freezing weather to witness the ribbon cutting for Yokohama Boulevard Wednesday in West Point.
Construction for the 4-mile stretch of road connecting Highway 45 North to Barton Ferry Road wrapped up in December, and Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the boulevard's official opening.
Lois Jean Winstead Rhodes, age 81, of West Point, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2015, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
She was born Oct. 14, 1933, to the late Merle Lashley and Freeman Winstead.
She is survived by a son, Rickey Richardson of Starkville; daughter, LaJoane Metts of West Point; sister, Joan Landrum of Louisville; two grandchildren: Clint Eubanks (Michelle) of Jackson, Caleb Metts (Virginia) of Tupelo; and four great-grandchildren: Hattie and William Metts, Molly and Macy Aycock.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The city will be hosting a free homebuyer workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said any citizen interested in buying a home, regardless of income or credit history, was eligible to attend the workshop.
â€śA lot of folks I talk to are interesting in owning homes, but donâ€™t know the steps involved or donâ€™t think they can do it,â€ť Ryland said. â€śWe usually host at least one a year and normally have about 50 people show up.â€ť
BY MARY GARRISON
Resdients looking for a good way to kick back and enjoy a night among adults for a good cause will have their chance this Saturday. The West Point Junior Auxiliary will host its second Winter Soiree at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic.
The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and entertainment courtesy of "Pinnishook," a band from Philadelphia. While not the massive affair of the once popular annual JA charity ball, membership chairwoman and board member Christi Trull Dubois said she hoped eventually it would be.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Residents who can't make it to the post office during normal business hours now have another option in the city. Those traveling on Highway 45 North may have noticed the sign at the C-Mart service station for West Point's new Village Post Office (VPO).
A VPO is affiliated with USPS, but is operated out of a private business so USPS doesn't have to pay for a building or workers. The VPO consists a shelf inside the business that offers flat-rate boxes and stamps, as well as a drop off point for customers to mail their packages.
The trial of Brittania Smith has been pushed back to April, after Smith made a motion of indigency during this week's Clay County Circuit Court term.
Smith, 24, of West Point, was charged with capital murder in connection with the December 2013 death of her 2-month-old son Brinston Smith.
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Katherine Marie Caldwell-Hannah, age 75, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral services are noon today, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from St. Paul M.B. Church, with Rev. Eddie A. Longstreet officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Peggy McGibbony Goode, age 81, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
By Donna Summerall
The annual commemorative march and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 9 a.m. Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive with participants waving signs, carrying banners, singing and keeping the dream and the legacy of the slain civil rights activist alive. The march ends at Central School with the celebration continuing at the Center Stage auditorium. Churches, organizations and clubs were encouraged to bring banners to show their representation at the march, according to event coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones.