Archive - 2012 - News Article
There's a lot coming up this week in the Daily Times Leader. Here's a peak:
-State Senator Bennie Turner laid to rest in West Point
-McClendon raises questions over sewer permits
-West Point High School junior raising money, awareness for victims of depression
-4-County announces new pre-pay plan
-West Point, Hebron and Oak Hill basketball teams turn up the heat before holidays
-Upward Basketball evaluations at West End
-Plus all of the late and breaking news in Clay County and West Point
It's been 12 years since Annie Barnes has seen her sister Jessie.
Jessie has been classified as a "Missing Person" since July 7, 2000, and she was last seen by family in the vicinity of the 800 block of Little Street in West Point.
"We call her Little Jessie because she is the baby of the four children my mother had," Barnes said.
Barnes' mother, Katie Ruth has taken the disappearance hard.
"She has been devastated ever since the day we found out "Little Jessie" had disappeared," she said.
The Associated Press is reporting that longtime Democratic Mississippi State Senator Bennie Turner has died. The West Point native was 64.
Turner was a lawyer and has been called a champion of public education.
Turner passed away at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after suffering an â€śillness.â€ť The Northeast Daily Journal in Tupelo reported that Turner was suffering from a brain tumor.
The Green Leaf flower and gift shop suffered extensive damage Monday evening after a white SUV sitting at Sprint Mart rolled backward right into the front of the store, but no one suffered serious injuries.
The accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. The driver, Napoleon Davidson, who reportedly had an asthma attack during the time of the accident, told officers he stepped outside of the vehicle and by the time he realized it was rolling backward it was too late to catch it and stop it before it went crashing into the shop.
Jane Crawford has had a love for glass since she was a young girl, staring into the intricate designs of the stained glass windows of her church.
â€śIâ€™ve been a glassaholic for a very long time,â€ť Crawford says. â€śI love glass. There are so many ways to express yourself in stained glass.â€ť
Crawford ran a studio in Columbus for 12 years, but today she has found a new home in West Point. Her work is now on display and for sale at the Shops of the Community Commons on Highway 45.
Crawford put both hands in the air in celebration of her new display.
Out-of-state vendors coming into Clay County to sell goods or to do work on properties may soon have to present a transit vendor license before offering their products to county residents or face a fine imposed by the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Doris Williams has been making women beautiful for 50 years and wants West Point to celebrate this milestone with her. She is having an Open House, Sunday, November 25, from 2 â€“ 5 p.m. at Lady Doris Salon of Beauty, 110 E. Main St. in the downtown district of West Point.
Williams graduated in 1962, from Jetty's Beauty School, historically located on Fifth St. She spent her formative years perfecting her craft under the loving and skillful guidance of the late Corine King at Madame King's Hair Fashions of Chicago, Illinois. King was the beloved cousin of Williams.
County Extension Director Donna Cliett spends many of her waking hours putting food packages together at the West Point Food Pantry inside the old Mary Holmes College gymnasium.
The food assortments are put together by volunteers and are provided monthly to 439 Clay County families who are in need. Thatâ€™s almost 800 people total.
This holiday season the Food Pantry is not just in need of food and donations to keep local families fed, but the institution that has been around for over 15 years needs volunteer labor.
Labaris â€śLBâ€ť Conner is a testament that patience does pay off.
Sitting in his office at West Pointâ€™s Kroger grocery store on Monday, Conner recalled how in 1996 he was given a shot at bagging groceries at his local Kroger in Columbus. Today heâ€™s the head man in charge in West Pointâ€™s store, and besides trying to get the local store into the black budget-wise, Conner has an opportunity to give local teenagers the same shot at a career he got 16 years ago.
â€śI could have 20 people here,â€ť Conner said. â€śI may get three out of those 20, but if I can reach those three, my job is done.â€ť
Residents of Westwood 2 may soon have only one way to access their homes if a petition to block access from Westwood 1 to Westwood 2 is approved by West Point city officials.