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October 3rd

Fuller: Large turnout expected for November election

October 3, 2012

With just a few days left before voter registration deadline, Clay County District 4 Election Commissioner Wendy Fuller says that there should be a good turnout on November 6.
“We’re expecting an 80 percent turnout,” Fuller, who also serves as county chairperson on the election commission. “We’re getting prepared for it every day.”
Fuller says that two weeks ago, the county was as many as 500 registered voters up from the last major election. She says that number fluctuates from year-to-year due to people moving, but she says she expects that number is growing daily.

Voter registration deadline is Saturday

October 3, 2012

The first in a string of presidential debates is a good indicator that election day is right around the corner.
That also means that there are only a few more days to register to vote and be eligible for the November 6 election. District 4 Election Commissioner and County Chairman Wendy Fuller is encouraging everyone who has not registered to do so as soon as possible.
“The deadline is Saturday, and the courthouse will be open,” Fuller said on Tuesday morning.

October 1st

West Point well represented at Excel by 5 Summit

October 1, 2012

Many experts say that the most important years in a child’s life are from the time of birth until the age of five.
Unfortunately, many children do not receive the nurturing and education they need to prepare them for Kindergarten and life after the age of five. That is why Excel by 5 was launched in 2004.
Excel by 5 is designed to equip communities with the knowledge and resources needed to prepare kids under the age of five for that next big step in life.

September 27th

BREAKING: West Nile Confirmed in Clay County

September 27, 2012

West Point city officials and the Mississippi Department of Health have confirmed one case of West Nile virus in West Point.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said a resident in the Northwood Forest area has contracted the virus.
Citizens of West Point and Clay County are urged to drain all items around their homes that is holding standing water and use mosquito repellant with deet to protect against the virus.
City officials will continue spraying five days a week for mosquitoes as they have been over the past couple of weeks. 

September 11th

Tax Increase Adds Pressure To Recruitment Efforts

September 11, 2012

“We want jobs! We want jobs!”
This unanimous chant can almost be heard loudly around West Point and Clay County by residents who are ready to see their town bustling again with hundreds of new jobs, hanging on to hope that someday soon their prayers of abundant job opportunities will become reality.
And with Saturday's passing of the proposed one percent tax increase on restaurants and hotels, there's even more pressure placed on the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance and the Columbus/Lowndes Development LINK to bring new, steady jobs to West Point and Clay County.

September 6th

Haughton Arrested For Aggravated Assault

September 6, 2012

A local man wanted by police for his involvement in an August altercation in Town Creek Apartments has been taken into custody and is being held at the Clay County Detention Center.
33-year-old Lantra Haughton of West Point was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with aggravated assault, which occurred around Aug. 3, 2012 in Town Creek. Haughton's case is just one of three reported criminal incidents that took place in Town Creek around the same time, but Haughton was only wanted in connection to one of the incidents.

August 18th

City discusses Zuber Park enhancements

August 18, 2012

By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader

Take a ride down Highway 45 Alternate South, look to your left and you’ll find one of West Point’s city parks lacking the enhancements it needs to attract more patrons for recreational activities.
The very look of Zuber Park and it’s lack of colorful playground equipment has been the topic of discussion around West Point for quite some time, and Tuesday night the issue came before the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen once again.

Prairie Arts Festival drawing near again

August 18, 2012

With the Prairie Arts Festival just two weeks away the volunteers that help make this event the success it is are hard at work.
The Prairie Arts Festival committee has been meeting every week working on the details and getting ready for approximately 300 vendors that will descend on West Point Labor Day weekend.

Business owner proposes two-hour parking on Main

August 18, 2012

By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader

It seems that over the last 12 months or so, at least four new businesses have opened up along East Main Street, making the demand for parking on Main Street much higher than it was two or three years ago.
With more businesses downtown comes more customers, and with limited parking on Main Street, where are customers to go?

August 3rd

ACLU plans protest against Hinds “sagging pants” law

August 3, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union will not be outside of any Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Hinds County this week.
The famous civil liberties watchdog group will be focusing its attentions on Hinds’ recent ordinance making it illegal for individuals to wear sagging pants.
The ACLU claims that the laws and others like it unfairly target black men and it says that the law is a violation of freedom of expression.

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