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May 17th

Local mother, son share unbreakable bond

May 17, 2011

That smile.
That smile is the first thing his mother brags about, and it's the first thing a visitor notices when he meets Harper Orman. That smile immediately takes hold of a room, makes Harper the center of attention, and brightens his mother's day.
“He smiles more than any child I've ever been around,” says Harper's mom, West Point native Brooke Bowen. “It doesn't matter what's going on in my life, when I see that little man's smile, it just melts my heart.”

May 12th

Board Enters Into Mutual Aid Disaster Agreement

May 12, 2011

The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen adopted a mutual aid agreement Tuesday that would allow the city to offer assistance to residents affected by disasters, such as tornadoes or floods.
Since Clay County was given a federal disaster declaration Monday, residents affected by the recent tornado are eligible to receive individual assistance for housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not paid for by the homeowner's insurance or another assistance programs.

May 11th

Lathon Temporarily Removed From Railroad Board

May 11, 2011

Harold Lathon, who was appointed to the North Central Mississippi Railroad Authority Board in January, was removed from the position temporarily Tuesday night by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen.

Koch's Sponsor Fundraising Event

May 11, 2011

Koch's Sponsor Fundraising Event

By Donna Summerall

Robbie and Linda Koch, owners of Coon Tattoo and Body Piercing, knew that the people of Clay County in Montpelier and surrounding areas needed help. The idea of giving of their time, talents, days off, and money didn't make them back down an inch from the daunting task they conceived of to help those in need. In one week they had gotten the word out via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and word of mouth that they would be taking donations at their shop and doing small tattoos with the proceeds going toward our Clay County neighbors.

May 10th

Hallmark Named Columbus High School Principal

May 10, 2011

Scott Hallmark, current associate principal of West Point High School's north campus, was hired Monday evening as principal for Columbus High School where he will begin July 1.
Hallmark, who holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University, worked for the West Point School District for 12 years and worked as an administrator for the district seven years.

Smith Fills Director of Operations Vacancy

May 10, 2011

After being left vacant for one year, the position of assistant superintendent/director of operations for the West Point School District was given Monday night to Rob Smith, current director of the West Point High School Career and Technology Center.

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.

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