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January 28th

Gov. sets special election date for District 36 seat

January 28, 2013

Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday issued a Writ of Election for Mississippi House District 36, setting March 12, 2013, as the election date to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. David Gibbs.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Feb. 11, 2013.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast in the special election, a runoff election will be held April 2, 2013.
The election will fill the House seat left vacant after the death of Clay County native David Gibbs earlier this month.

Aberdeen native aims for District 36 seat

January 28, 2013

When Aberdeen native Roderick Van Daniel was a 17-year-old senior in high school he wondered curiously of what it would be like to one day serve the people of his hometown as a leader for the state of Mississippi. And fortunately for him he got a rare, up close and personal experience of the role of a state leader while gleefully serving as a page for former District 36 Representative David Gibbs.

Addressing needs: Unity in the Community looks to change one neighborhood at a time

January 28, 2013

The Growth Alliance conference room was packed on Thursday night with a diverse group of West Point/Clay County citizens, bouncing ideas off of one another’s heads in an attempt to bring the community together.
This is not the first time Unity in the Community has met. The group has been meeting for almost a year, but Thursday night’s crowd was the largest in the organization’s short history.
The goal is simple. Unify the community.

January 26th

West Point driver’s license office closed until further notice

January 26, 2013

If your driver’s license is close to expiring, or you’re planning to get one for the first time, you’re going to have to get it somewhere besides West Point.
The office located by the 4-H Extension Service and the county jail has been closed until further notice.
Warren Strain, spokesperson for the Mississippi Highway Patrol said on Friday that “computer infrastructure” problems were the cause of the sudden closure.
“It has to do with computer wiring,” Strain said. “We have to temporarily close the station until it is replaced.”

Verdict reached in Garth trial

January 26, 2013

So they’ve given their opening arguments, put witnesses on the stand, entered photos and materials into evidence and examined each and every person called to testify. But sometimes prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys need one last chance to convince the 12-member jury the defendant is guilty or not guilty of committing a crime.
That’s where closing arguments come in.

Art Walk coming to town April 13

January 26, 2013

Not many would argue that West Point is not one of the most artistically rich communities in north Mississippi.
It is not just the citizenry’s love for art that drives events like the Prairie Arts Festival each fall. It’s the literal raw talent that so many in the community possess and express.
The unique blend of paintings, drawings, potteries, films, music etc. drive the love of art in this town.
It has also driven the West Point/Clay County Arts Council to start the first “Art Walk” in West Point.

January 24th

Locals weigh in on gun control issue

January 24, 2013

What has happened to our nation? Why has gun violence gotten so out of control? Is it the lack of prayer, federal laws that are way too lenient, a lack of parental control – what could it be?
Whatever it is that is causing an increase in gun violence it is also causing the federal government to pay much closer attention and has prompted federal officials to take immediate action before incidents of gun violence escalate beyond the control of authorities.

WPSD head gives take on controversial bill

January 24, 2013

The last legislative session at the state capitol was marked by the failure to get a charter schools bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
Since that time, the largely Republican-backed education agenda has been at the forefront of just about every major speech delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The party and the supporters of charter schools made it their mission to galvanize support and get the bill, not only to the floor for a vote this session, but to also get it passed.

Chism: Bill offers new opportunities

January 24, 2013

District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the state’s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in “failing” school districts to have new opportunities in education.
“The current bill is going to be very limited,” Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. “It will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.”

Ellis elaborates on no vote in the House, predicts no final bill passage

January 24, 2013

It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand “school choice” for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.

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