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September 11th

Tobacco-free ordinance proposal on hold

September 11, 2013

According to the Mississippi Tobacco-free Coalitions, there are 86 cities in the state that have passed 100 percent smoke-free ordinances. These cities include Starkville, Columbus, Tupelo, Aberdeen and Amory.

West Point, however, is not on this list. While no official ordinance is in place, the city remains tobacco-free, according to West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones.

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September 10th

Arrest made in Sunday shooting

September 10, 2013

West Point Police Department officers have arrested a man in connection with an alleged shooting.

Dermarius Brown, 26, of West Point was arrested Sunday after reportedly turning himself in to authorities. Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday police were dispatched to the 500 block of Washington Street in reference to a shooting. E911 reported to officers that an ambulance had been dispatched.Upon arrival, police discovered a man at a residence who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

City mulls options on water project for Yokohama

September 10, 2013

Bids for a new water tank have been taken off the Board of Selectmen's agenda for their meeting tonight. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said that the bids were taken off the agenda because the plans have not been finalized.

“There hasn't been a decision made yet,” Jones said. “The plans have not bee certified.”

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Local man to host first ever ‘Back to School at Town Creek’ event

September 10, 2013

Lester Moore only wants the best for his community. A West Point resident, Moore is doing his part to bring something positive to the children of Town Creek Apartments with a community celebration.

September 6th

Hearing set for RV ordinance

September 6, 2013

The Clay County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on its proposed RV ordinance. On Thursday, the board voted to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 at the Clay County Courthouse.

Board of Supervisors attorney Bob Marshall recommended the board hold the hearing to “make sure the board hears everything” and to give residents who may not have attended previous meetings the chance to speak their minds.

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Schools celebrate Grandparents Day

September 6, 2013

The West Point School District is recognizing the importance of grandparents in the lives of children. Grandparents of third graders at South Side Elementary were invited to come and have lunch with the students in honor of Grandparents Day. The children proudly showed off grandparents to friends and teachers.

“We always love to have our grandparents visit,” said Principal Shirley Gibson. “We have excellent participation from our parents and grandparents on special days.”

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Passionate Pursuit offers kids chance to hunt

September 6, 2013

Five years ago, West Point residents Allen Flynt and Scott Hinnant were drawn to a greater calling. Both devout Christians and avid hunters, Flynt and Hinnant had been trying individually incorporate the idea of finding the presence of God through the outdoors.

It wasn’t long until the two collaborated, and Passionate Pursuit Ministries was born.

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Suicide growing problem in youth

September 6, 2013

In the past few years, suicide has become a prevalent problem in the world. According to the World Health Organization, “suicide rates have increased by 60 percent worldwide” in the last 45 years.

In the U.S., it is just as problematic. In the most recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) publication, it was reported that 38,364 residents commit suicide each year, which equates to about 105 suicides a day.

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September 5th

PSC sets final hearing on raised water rates

September 5, 2013

After a two year hiatus, the Public Service Commission set a final hearing date for the West Point water rate increase. On Tuesday, Northern Region Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that attorneys for both parties agreed to a schedule to help make a decision in the case.

The staff for the PSC will have until Sept. 10 to file new data requests and questions regarding the case. The attorney for the city of West Point Light and Water Department will have two weeks to answer the PSC staff. A final ruling will be made by PSC on Oct. 11.

Renaissance: A new birth in West Point

September 5, 2013

Young people were the topic at Wednesday’s meeting of the Civitan Luncheon Club. Renaissance Vice President Carlos Orr, a Baptist minister and community leader, and Renaissance member Matthew Lewis, who works with the drug court and mentors young men, spoke to the Civitans about their work.

Renaissance literally means “a new birth.” In West Point it is a joint undertaking of the Christian community, drug court and law enforcement to help young people who are at-risk or who have already had a brush with the law.

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