Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
Families in the Montpelier area are still in a state of disbelief from Wednesdayâ€™s early morning tornado that touched down in the area, causing major damage to dozens of homes there.
Community Commons, a new Community Counseling Services retail plaza on Highway 45 in West Point, is opening soon and will feature four retail establishments for the people of West Point, Clay County and surrounding areas to enjoy.
Workers have been putting the finishing touches on the building, affixing signs created by local artist Claire Houston to each shop, moving merchandise and fixtures into the building and getting the facility ready for business.
When it comes to electing officials to fill the posts of city and county offices, an overwhelming number of voters in West Point and Clay County almost always cast their vote for democratic candidates.
For years, the democratic party has won the support of Clay County not only in city and county races but state races as well. Because of the knowledge that the majority of Clay County is democrat, republicans havenâ€™t run for office in Clay County in decades. Until now.
Crashes of thunder and lightening mixed with heavy rain and high winds left damage all across West Point and Clay County Wednesday night after one of this season's more severe thunderstorms made its way across the area.
More than 30 trees fell either across city and county roads, on top of homes or near homes, and Conley Cox Road and Decker Road received flash flooding. One home on Cedar Bluff Loop was damaged, an apartment complex on Travis Street suffered damage and two homes on Westbrook Street have damage from a huge tree that uprooted in one of the yards.
The following orders were given Friday during the last day of the April Clay County Circuit Court term:
A historic amount of rainfall caused flash flooding and led to the evacuation of some area buildings on Friday afternoon, as a passing cold front spawned thunderstorms that doused West Point for most of the day and left a trail of widespread damage throughout the state.
In Mississippi, five deaths were reported due to the weather and several tornadoes were spotted, including an EF-3 twister that caused two deaths in Clinton.
The West Point Police Department now has more officers to assist the department with patrolling the streets, responding to incident calls and keeping crime in the city at a minimum.
On Tuesday, The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen approved a motion for the WPPD to hire five new auxiliary officers with adherence to the personnel policy the city currently has in place.
The felony case of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an assessor to murder, was continued Thursday in Clay County Circuit Court to the next court term.
Roberson is accused of hiding the firearm allegedly used by Robert Rupert to kill Roosevelt Pernell around Dec. 4, 2003. Roberson said he needed more time to prepare his defense, and the motion to continue the case was accepted.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors is taking a stance against litter and uncleanliness in the county and is pitching in to help with the Community-Wide Clean Up that is set for April 30.
Each of the five supervisors held meetings this week and last week in their districts where community residents who wanted to help came and discussed clean up plans that will be initiated that Saturday morning.
The April term of Clay County Circuit Court entered week two Monday, and a grand jury was selected to make decisions on felony cases that are scheduled for trial this last week of court.
One case is that of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an accessory to the murder of Roosevelt Pernell that was allegedly committed by Robert Rupert, who is also scheduled for trial this week. Roberson allegedly hid the firearm on or about Dec. 4, 2003 that Rupert allegedly used to kill Pernell, trying to avoid arrest, trial and conviction.