June 26th, 2014
By Will Nations
Tony Stanford is not unfamiliar with constructing a championship-caliber team.
Coming to West Point, a town that owns eight state football titles between its two high school football programs, Stanford said he feels right at home and is excited to continue Oak Hill Academyâ€™s recent gridiron success this season.
By Will Nations
West Point Police Department Sgt. Detective Albert Lee is hosting the third annual City League Charity Softball Tournament 7 p.m. Friday at West Pointâ€™s Sportsplex.
Lee said he would like for the community to come out and support the event with a turnout similar to last yearâ€™s large crowds. While admission is free, Lee said donations are accepted.
â€śI want to invite the city and people of West Point to come out and participate in this event,â€ť Lee said. â€śI anticipate making this an annual event that stays around for a long time.â€ť
Mildred Conlee Magers, 94, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. She was born Oct. 31, 1919, in Prentiss County to Gordon Emmitt Conlee and Gladys Hendrix Conlee. She married Charlie Raymond Magers Dec. 20, 1934, and worked for 33 years at Reedâ€™s Manufacturing retiring as a supervisor. Upon retiring she worked at Harrisburg Baptist Church in the daycare. She was an extraordinary mother who loved cooking and caring for her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great - grandchildren. Mildred was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
The West Point Police Department is hosting a forum for a representative from the district attorneyâ€™s office to meet with local business owners and discuss a new law which lessens property crimes at 6 p.m. July 15 in the courtroom at the West Point Police Department.
Mississippi legislature passed House Bill 585 in March, and it will take effect July 1. The bill was intended to avert prison population growth, according to a statement from Gov. Phil Bryantâ€™s office, but it will also change the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The dust has settled in the hotly contested race for the stateâ€™s Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate and, in the end, Mississippi stuck with the incumbent.
West Point Police Department investigators have made an arrest in an alleged home invasion case.
Officers arrested Vernard Gray, 29, and his brother Depriest Gray, both of West Point, Tuesday on suspicion of burglary following an incident on Lone Oak Road.
About 9:30 a.m. June 14, officers responded to the West Point home in reference to a robbery. According to a WPPD statement to media, a witness, whose name has not been disclosed, told officers two men allegedly entered his home and assaulted him.
BY MARY GARRISON
Planning for the 36th annual Prairie Arts Festival, set for Aug. 30, is well under way, with a new design and featured artist to boot.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said this yearâ€™s shirts were delivered Tuesday and would feature the artwork of longtime vendor Nancy Waggoner. Waggoner will serve as this yearâ€™s featured artist for PAF, as well. Klutts, who has helped coordinate the festival for the last six years, said it was a theme sheâ€™d begun last year and hoped to continue going forward.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point is another step closer to a new set of sidewalks for Central School and Fifth Street Junior High School. The sidewalks will be funded by a $563,000 grant from Safe Routes to School (SRTS).
The national SRTS program began in 1997 as part of a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among children walking and bicycling to school.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the new or repaired sidewalks will be on Brame Avenue, East Street, Westbrook Street, Fifth Street, Progress Street and Main Street.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Detention Centerâ€™s inmate roster goes online today, completing www.claysheriffms.org and providing easier access to the public.
Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department Records Administrator Patty Goff said the inmate roster will include the inmateâ€™s name, charge, bond and mugshot, as well as a list of which inmates have been recently released.
JACKSON -- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff.
Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups.
Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel's 49.5 percent.
The 76-year-old Cochran is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.