Area florists and gift shops are ready for todayâ€™s Valentine deliveries of balloons, stuffed animals, candy and flowers. At Petal Pushers, Barbara Reed takes an order for Valentines Day gifts from Kelsey Malone. Photo by Donna Summerall
It was a proud and humbling moment Tuesday night for longtime West Point attorney Bennie Jones, who received a hearty round of applause after the city of West Point hired him as the first African American Municipal Court Judge.
The decision by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectman came just one week after current Municipal Court Judge Mark Cliett submitted a letter to the board stating he would be stepping down as judge effective February 28.
Few people would argue that a program aimed at keeping children from abusing drugs and alcohol is not a great initiative, but unfortunately some such programs on the local level just donâ€™t have the funding it needs.
That includes the West Point Police Departmentâ€™s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which currently receives funding only from fundraising activities and West Pointâ€™s Prairie Opportunity Center.