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May 10th

Clay County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

May 10, 2011

What Clay County residents and officials anticipated for days became a reality late Monday evening when the county was given a federal disaster declaration signed by United States President Barack Obama.
The much anticipated declaration came just days after a visit to Clay County from congressman Alan Nunnelee, who listened to the concerns and needs of the Clay County community, some from Montpelier, which was hit hard by the April 27 EF3 tornado. He also saw “first hand” the devastation that Montpelier residents are trying to recover from and how it ripped parts of Montpelier to shreds.

May 9th

Dog Chase Judgment Rendered to Penny Pinchers

May 9, 2011

Judgement involving a 2006 dog chasing incident at Penny Pinchers of West Point was given to Penny Pinchers April 26 after the Mississippi Court of Appeals found the dog was not a threat to customers at the store.

Supreme Court To Hear Exploitation Case

May 9, 2011

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for May 11 in an appeal from Vanessa Decker, who is seeking to overturn her 2008 conviction for exploiting her own mother.
Last September, the state Court of Appeals upheld Decker's four-year suspended sentence and four years' probation. The Supreme Court later agreed to hear the appeal.
Decker was convicted in Clay County of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult for taking $4,120 from her mother's bank account between November 2005 and April 2007.

May 6th

Navistar To Produce $183 Million In MRAP Ambulances

May 6, 2011

Navistar Defense of West Point got another huge delivery order Thursday from the United States Marine Corps Systems Command, which is helping workers there maintain there jobs and is boosting the economy of West Point.
Navistar received a $183 million delivery order for 250 International® MaxxPro® Dash ambulances with DXM™ independent suspension, which is being included in Navistar’s existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This order is Navistar’s ninth major MRAP variant.

May 5th

Pittman addresses Civitans on Economic Development

May 5, 2011

Pittman addresses Civitans on Economic Development

The Civitan Luncheon Club welcomed Ward 5 Selectman Jasper Pittman as guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting.
Pittman expressed his pleasure at the appointment of Burnell McDonald as new Superintendent of the West Point School District.

Coon Tattoo Hosts Disaster Relief Benefit

May 5, 2011

Coon Tattoo and Body Piercing of West Point is pitching in and helping out with disaster relief to families affected by last week's tornado by giving tattoos for a donation and offering music, food and fun for a great cause.
Coon Tattoo's disaster relief benefit is being held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at their location on Main Street. Anyone wishing to give to families through Coon Tattoos can get five tattoo designs for $20 each. People can choose from a cross, an Indian head, which represents Smithville schools, a candle, a memorial ribbon or a tornado with an X through it.

May 4th

Highway 50 Crash Leaves Two With Moderate Injuries

May 4, 2011

59-year-old Walter Quinn of West Point is in stable condition after his vehicle collided with another vehicle around noon Tuesday on Highway 50 West in Clay County.
Quinn was traveling east bound on Highway 50 in a 2004 red Chevrolet Trailblazer when his vehicle crashed into a 2005 silver Nissan Altima driven by 36-year-old Pamela Rushing of North Carolina, who was driving west bound.
Quinn and Rushing were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, and officials say both have moderate injuries.

May 3rd

New Supervisor District Lines Approved

May 3, 2011

Clay County now has new supervisor district lines with Monday's adoption by the Clay County Board of Supervisors of the redistricting map that was developed with the help of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.
Most of the changes reflected on the new map were made within the city limits of West Point.
The block where Sixth Street, E. Main Street, Cottrell Street, Clay Street and East Half Mile Street connect used to belong to District 1 but is now included in District 4. This move gave District 4 410 people from District 1.

May 2nd

School Board Names McDonald Superintendent

May 2, 2011

The West Point School District has its new leader.
Following an extensive search for the next superintendent, the West Point School District's Board of Trustees has named Burnell McDonald, who has served as principal at South Side Elementary for the past six years, as the man for the job.

Registering for Disaster Relief

May 2, 2011

Clay County- A Preliminary Damage Assessment of 117 residents concludes the following results:

Major Home Damage- 28
Major Manufactured Homes Damaged- 9
Minor Homes Damaged- 57
Minor Manufactured Homes Damaged- 17
Destroyed Home- 1
Destroyed Manufactured Homes- 5

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