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August 28th

Clay County considers RV park

August 28, 2013

The Clay County Board of Supervisors are reviewing options to decide if an RV and manufactured home park should be built within the county to accommodate the influx of construction workers building the Yokohama Tires plant.

On Tuesday, the board met to discuss the ordinance that was drafted and hear any concerns from those community members present.

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Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival set to begin Friday

August 28, 2013

Blues aficionados are solidifying plans to make the journey to the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival Friday night at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“We are counting the days to one of the biggest weekends in West Point,” said Richard Ramsey program director of the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival. “Howlin’ Wolf Festival Friday night at the old Mary Holmes Gymnasium and the Prairie Arts Festival downtown all day Saturday.”

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August 26th

AMR bugs spark billing concerns

August 26, 2013

West Point Water and Light customers may have received something of a shock upon opening recent utility bills. Transmission errors during the city’s conversion to a digital Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system, in which meters are designed to digitally collect consumption information for transfer to a central database for billing, in a handful of new meters citywide have raised concerns from a number of residents.

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Rescued animals thrive after bust

August 26, 2013

In late June, five horses, 23 pit bulls and four other dogs were rescued in one of the largest animal hoarding cases in Clay County. Officials asked Shaw Pit Bull Rescue in Columbus to be ready to take in four puppies. The agency made room for the new arrivals, however that number soon ballooned into 18 dogs. Two were pregnant and gave birth to 13 puppies total. The rescue took them all in and the dogs are receiving the care they need to regain their health.

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Henry Clay residents plan fundraiser

August 26, 2013

The Henry Clay Retirement Center could use a little sprucing up, and residents would like to do their part to replace the faded awning outside the door.

Thus, in a collective effort, the residents of the Henry Clay will be serving breakfast from 6-8 a.m. Saturday at The Point dining area.

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Prairie Arts Countdown

August 26, 2013

Prairie Arts is upon us.

In less than a week, thousands of people will fill the area surrounding Commerce Street, celebrating the 35th year of the Prairie Arts Festival.

Vendors with arts and crafts, along with great food and music will service the visitors and hometown folks on Saturday.

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Turnipseed updates on MSU athletics

August 26, 2013

Brock Turnipseed with Mississippi State University Relations spoke on the upcoming year in MSU athletics, citing past successes as the foundation for further development in the program. Turnipseed told Rotarians the department was in the process of trying to “brand the program” through social media initiatives. In particular, Turnipseed said MSU had become the first college in the nation to establish a presence on FanCred, a site that operates much like Twitter, however feeds were specific fan bases.

August 23rd

Security still top concern at WPSD

August 23, 2013

There is probably an Antionette Tuff at every school in America.

The woman who has been called the hero of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy shooting this week talked Michael Brandon Hill into giving up his weapons and ammunition before he was able to seriously injure anyone at the elementary school.

Tuff is one of the few individuals to ever get inside of the head of a school shooter before he was able to execute his plan of mass murder.

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WPSD hoping to build on last year’s test score growth

August 23, 2013

Not all of the accountability results are in from the Mississippi State Department of Education, but preliminary raw data released this week suggests that the West Point School District will see growth from the 2012-2013 school year.

“We saw growth in every one of our schools,” said WPSD Testing Coordinator Kristopher Hollis. “We saw growth in our MCT testing and our Subject Area Testing.”

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August 22nd

Local group advocates smoke-free West Point

August 22, 2013

Everyone wants the healthiest environment for their children. For this reason, Stephanie Collier project director of Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, wants to help make West Point a smoke-free community. The Tobacco Free Coalition met Wednesday morning at the Bryan Public Library to talk to community leaders, business owners and people who would like to work with the Tobacco Free Coalition. Collier wants to bring a non-smoking ordinance to West Point, much like the one in place in Tupelo and Starkville.

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