Archive - 2013 - News Article
With the recent passing of District 16 Senator Bennie Turner and an early week announcement that District 36 State Representative David Gibbs wished to resign, many West Point and Clay County leaders had fears that the people they serve would not have adequate representation this year in the state capitol.
Over the last few weeks Clay County Circuit Clerk officials, Circuit Court judges and attorneys have been diligently preparing for the January 2013 term of court, which begins Monday with several murder and aggravated assault cases expected to be heard.
Several of these cases have been continued multiple times due to different circumstances, such as the need for the accused to prepare an effective defense, but at least one case may go to trial this week.
The Clay County Sheriff Department needs your help in locating a 2010 Red/Black Polaris 550 Sportsman 4-Wheeler (Serial Number 4XAZN55A0AA004897) that was stolen from a residence on the morning of Jan. 8 on Old Highway 50 East.
Sheriff Eddie Scott stated that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department Investigative Division at 662-494-2896 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
A few weeks ago Clay County District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes advised other Clay County supervisors that the county should not wait around for funding before coming up with a project on which those funds could be used. And Thursday, during the Clay County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ second meeting of the new year, the message was delivered once again.
On Tuesday, West Point Democrat (House District 36) David Gibbs had a hand-written note delivered to Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn explaining that he was resigning from the state legislature after 19 years of representing Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties.
By Wednesday, the legislature, which began a three-month session on Tuesday, was busy researching whether Gibbs' resignation could be rescinded.
According to reports, Gibbs initially resigned due to â€śpoor healthâ€ť on January 8.
What if you were driving down the road and all of a sudden someone rammed into your vehicle, sending you flying off the road while they continue driving on like nothing ever happened?
Most people would find themselves in a state of rage after an event like this especially if they were seriously injured and their vehicle was severely damaged.
The city of West Point is giving Comcast only a few more weeks to act on a service contract with the city before the city passes a resolution to remove all of Comcastâ€™s attachments on city-owned utility poles.
Paying only $1.50 per pole is no longer an option and is no longer acceptable to the city, which is now asking Comcast to sign a contract through which Comcast would pay $15 per pole. If Comcast officials donâ€™t act soon the city of West Point is ready to detach all Comcast attachments from city poles and negotiate with other cable and Internet service providers.
Longtime West Point Businessman Mike Garnett, owner of Mike Garnett Enterprises, expressed his opposition Tuesday to the city of West Point charging the minimum set rates for electricity and water services for properties that only need services for a few days.
Waiting two long years for an answer would probably qualify as an act that goes well beyond patience, but the patience the city of West Point has had with Comcast Cable and Internet Services has reached its max.
Now the city is on the brink of taking permanent action against the company.
With Christmas and the New Yearâ€™s holidays behind, the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance is already busy with its plans for 2013.
This should prove to be a banner year for the town, as the new One Percent tax revenue funds are to be deposited into the bank this month and reinvested throughout the community.
On Monday afternoon, two new billboards went up on each end of town on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. One faces north on the four lane a little over three miles outside of town going toward Tupelo.
The other is near the turnoff for U.S. Highway 82, facing south.