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February 28th

Pilot Club to host Legends Concert tomorrow night

February 28, 2013

Hundreds of Clay County children file into the Bryan Public Library each week of every summer to witness an educational program.
Whether it be music, reading or the annual visit from the “snake man” these kids have the benefit of learning new things even when school is not in session.
The Pilot Club of West Point supports the Summer Reading Program financially, and it is time for the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
The 8th Annual Legends Concert will take place on tomorrow night at the Mary Holmes Campus Gym.

Moore: Healthcare ‘complicated’

February 28, 2013

The future of Mississippi’s health care is not certain.
It’s an issue that has many facets, and everyone will likely be affected by the Affordable Healthcare Act whether it be negative or positive.
Tim Moore, Vice President for Community Hospitals with the North Mississippi Health Services attempted to shed some light on the impact of AFA and the issue of Medicaid expansion at the Thursday meeting of the West Point Rotary Club.
“When we talk about Medicaid expansion and the ways that hospitals are funded, it’s a very complicated matter,” Moore began.

February 27th

Hard-working people keeping Ellis Steel afloat

February 27, 2013

If West Point ever suffers another economic blow, you can bet it won’t be coming from longtime construction company Ellis Steel. No, Ellis Steel President Frank Hopper said Wednesday that Ellis Steel is going strong and Ellis Steel is here to stay.
But how has the manufacturer of steel structures been able to thrive nearly 90 years, especially in today’s tough economic situation? Well, Hopper said, the biggest reason the company is doing so well is the dedicated, hard working team of 175 people, who continue daily to give the company all they have.

Blazon Tube closing April 1

February 27, 2013

It’s definitely trying times for the city of West Point, which continues to get hit with news of industries closing up shop – Now one more local company officially announced Wednesday that it’s shutting its doors.
Following a August 2011 announcement from Blazon Tube that it would potentially be going out of business, the management team of Leggett & Platt announced this Wednesday that Blazon Tube of West Point is slated to end production April 1.

Pastor, television personality Brown talks education at WPHS

February 27, 2013

R. H. Brown’s voice is one of the most recognizable in north Mississippi.
He preaches the word from the pulpit at his West Point church, and he is a master at relaying stories of human interest for WCBI out of Columbus.
On Wednesday, he was the keynote speaker at West Point High School’s Black History program.
That distinct voice and his unique dialect comes from his birthplace on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

February 26th

Customers cringe at food prices

February 26, 2013

Grocery shopping these days is turning out to be a really dreadful task for many local consumers all because of one very evident thing – a rise in food prices.
While shopping Tuesday afternoon in Walmart, Clay County resident Souzen Steelhammer said she, like so many others, is having to reconsider the way meals are cooked at home and is having to bypass certain foods that just don’t meet the budget.

Court denies drug offender new trial

February 26, 2013

Despite his plea, Clay County resident Alphonzo C. Garth will not get to stand trial again for his possession of cocaine charge unless a higher court of Mississippi rules in his favor.
During the January term of Clay County Circuit Court Garth stood trial for the charge, and after a 30-minute deliberation by the jury Garth was found guilty of possessing over 30 grams of cocaine the night of Oct. 6, 2011. One day after the jury weighed the evidence and found him guilty the court sentenced Garth to 25 years in prison followed by five years of post release supervision.

Some residents under boil water notice

February 26, 2013

Clay County residents living in the Northgate Subdivision and the Southgate Subdivision are now under a boil water notice, which was issued Monday evening by the Mississippi Department of Health.
The city of West Point notified the Department of Health that there was a loss of pressure caused by a break in the water line. According to MDH, a water system that loses pressure can become contaminated, and only when waters tests show a positive reading for contamination is the water safe to drink again.

February 25th

2nd Annual EMCC Art Show coming to Bryan Saturday

February 25, 2013

West Point is rich in the arts, and people around the state are beginning to take notice.
Already famous for the community’s Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival and the Prairie Arts Festival in September, Clay County is now home to two spring events that showcase regional artists, as well as local ones.
The first of the two will take place this Saturday at the Bryan Public Library.
This is the Second Annual East Mississippi Community College Art Show.
It will feature 50 pieces of art by 25 students from EMCC, as well as five faculty members.

Turner: Education, budgets will round out legislative session

February 25, 2013

It has been an eventful new year for Angela Turner so far.
The recently-elected Senator for District 16 has been busy at the state capitol since she took office on January 15 in a special election.
The Clay County native is up to speed with the issues that face legislators during the current 90-day session, and she shared some of her insights on what the final leg of the session will look like during Monday morning’s Legislative Breakfast at City Hall.
“I’ve hit the ground running,” Turner said of the last month and a half.

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