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Wayne Gwathney

July 8, 2014

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.

July 8, 2014

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.

City demolishes blighted properties

July 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

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.

Supervisors review tax assessments

July 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

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.

GT leads state in weekend DUIs

July 8, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

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.

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A stroll through the parks: West Point to host Dizzy Dean state tourney

July 7, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Reporter’s note: Daily Times Leader’s sports section will take a look at various parks which service the West Point community. West Point’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

July 7, 2014

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 Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7 at Poole’s M.B. Church in West Point.
The Rev. Avis Shelton will officiate.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Howlin’ Wolf fest planning under way, art revealed

July 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimeleader.com

The 19th Annual Howlin’ 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 Point’s own “Howlin’ Wolf.”

Selectmen to discuss yearly audits

July 7, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Board of Selectmen will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 Tuesday in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
One of the items on the agenda will be approval for the city’s 2014 fiscal year municipal compliance questionnaire. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said city has to complete the questionnaire every year for the city’s municipal audit.

Local sales revenues increase

July 7, 2014

MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point sales tax revenues were up slightly for the final quarter as well as the entirety of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the city’s sales tax revenue reports.
The city reported a total of $2,238,428.03 in sales tax collections for the year, up $128,098.15 from the $2,110,329.88 of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Overall, the city saw an increase of revenue each month, with the exception of last July.

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