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October 15th, 2014

Gail Edwards

October 15, 2014

Gail Edwards, age 57, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Funeral services are noon, Thursday, Oct. 16. 2014, at Union Star M.B. Church with Rev. Eric Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in Union Star M.B. Church Cemetery,
Visitation is 3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

WPHS looking to shed priority status

October 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point High School was classified as a priority school by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) three years ago, and school officials anticipate dropping that status after this school year.
According to MDE’s website, the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as schools with graduation rates below 60 percent, are classified as priority schools.

Arts Council plans Halloween gala

October 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Arts Council isn’t wasting any time in its new Louise Campbell Center for the Arts. The group has begun planning its first major event since the center’s grand opening last month.

Local gets 30 years for armed robbery

October 15, 2014

DTL staff

A local man was sentenced to more than 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections during Monday’s session of the Clay County Circuit Court term.
Johnny Edwards, 20, of West Point, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and burglary after originally pleading not guilty. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Edwards to serve 30 years for armed robbery, plus a $1,200 fine and $12,724 in restitution.
Coleman sentenced Edwards to seven years for burglary, but suspended five. Edwards will also be required to pay a $1,200 fine in that charge, and will spend a total of 32 years in MDOC.

October 14th

Bobby Lee York

October 14, 2014

Bobby Lee York, age 67, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospita l- Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Mr. Bobby was born July 7, 1947, in Starkville, the son of the late Robert Lee and Geneva Beatrice Ballard York. He retired from Dirt Construction. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and work in his garden. He loved life. He married Marjorie Guest York April 11, 1998, in Starkville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Sue Smith and by brothers: William Randle and George Bruce York.

Maxine McCarter Eacholes

October 14, 2014

Maxine McCarter Eacholes, 57, of West Point died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Chapel in Sturgis.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

WPHS celebrates 'Teen Read Week'

October 14, 2014

BY DONNA SUMMERALL
life@dailytimesleader.com

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. West Point High School librarians, Anita Blackwell and Donna Foster are celebrating this year's event by encouraging students to visit the library during the week of Oct. 13-17. This year's theme is: "Turn Dreams into Reality."

Makin' Hay set for Saturday

October 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The city’s first ever Makin’ Hay festival is set to begin Saturday and final preparations are falling into place.
The festival, organized by the West Point Main Street Association, will feature old-fashioned carnival games such as pick up ducks, a bean bag toss, go fish — in which participants could win a live goldfish — and balloon darts. In addition to carnival games, the event will host a fall farmer’s market, complete with fall produce, merchandise and home-baked goods, as well as a hayride, which will travel through the downtown area.

Investigator's Corner

October 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information regarding a duo of alleged burglaries from late September, as well as two from back in the spring.
n On April 22, officers responded to the 600 block of North Eshman Avenue in reference to an alleged burglary. According to the incident report, first responders found a window broken out as though the perpetrator were attempting to take the air conditioner.

City to appoint LINK reps

October 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen will host its regular meeting tonight at 5:30 in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
The selectmen will appoint two members to the Golden Triangle Development LINK oversight board.
The board, comprised of four members from each LINK county, meets once a month with LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins to keep the counties informed about economic development in the area.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who previously served on the board, said it’s responsible for setting and approving policy for the LINK.

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