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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.

Comcast pays $6K to city, still owes $80K

February 25, 2013

A small portion of the delinquent service fees owed by Comcast Cable was paid recently to the city of West Point, but since receiving that payment the city has not received a dime of the large balance remaining.
In their Jan. 8 meeting, the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen granted Comcast a 45-day extension of time to pay the $6,000 franchise fee owed to the city’s general fund and to enter into a contract through which Comcast would pay $15 per pole attachment.

Local Investigator Qualifies For Ward 3

February 25, 2013

Constituents of Ward 3 in West Point now have one more candidate to consider voting for in the May 7 Primary Election for elected municipal offices in the city of West Point.
Just last week Ken Poole, investigator with the West Point Police Department, declared his intention at City Hall to run for the office of Ward 3 selectman as a democratic candidate. Two other individuals declared their intent several weeks ago to run for the post, including Jimmy Clark and incumbent Charles Collins.

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