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December 18th

Clock tower carols drawing local attention

December 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With Christmas season in full swing, those traveling through downtown West Point may have noticed the Santas, snowmen and colorful lights in shop windows. An addition to this year’s holiday atmosphere has been Christmas music emanating from the clock tower of City Hall.
West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said many residents had asked her about potentially playing festive music in downtown during the Christmas Open House in November.

County school district audited

December 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor released Clay County School District’s (CCSD) annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 Tuesday, and in most areas the district was found to be in compliance.
According to Charles Shivers, an independent CPA hired by the State Auditor’s Office, the district’s bookkeeper initiates, prepares and enters all journal entries, and also reconciles all of the district’s bank accounts.

December 17th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

Adopt-a-Family boasts another successful year

December 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The adoption period for West Point’s Adopt-a-Family program concluded Monday, and program coordinator Rachel Pate said donations and adoptions would be able to cover all 87 families on the list.
“Everything has gone wonderfully,” Pate said. “The community has really reached out to help these families.”
Adopt-a-Family has operated in West Point and Clay County for more than 35 years. The goal of the program was to assist low-income families in need of toys, food, clothing and other items for Christmas.

Clay County church hosts annual tree lighting fundraiser

December 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Members of the Palestine United Methodist Church in Clay County are giving residents the chance to honor their friends and loved ones, particularly those who have gone before, this holiday season with the lighting of a memorial tree.
Each year, the United Methodist Men’s and Women’s groups light the memorial tree, a fundraising effort in which residents may spend $5 to have one of the multicolored lights on the church’s Christmas tree lit in honor of someone dear. The money raised from

HOME project closer to start

December 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point was approved for the 2013 HOME Project Grant through the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) in July, and the city looks to get the ball rolling on construction at the beginning of the year.
The $378,214 grant was part of a home rehabilitation project to demolish and rebuild four dilapidated houses in West Point at no cost to the owner, according to Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Housing Specialist Spencer Broocks.

December 16th

‘Queen of Club Ebony’ to sign memorabilia at local restaurant

December 16, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

For those interested in owning a piece of blues history, Mary Shepherd, Queen of the legendary Club Ebony in Indianola, will be signing her autobiography, posters, T-shirts and a DVDinterview with Bobby Rush from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Market in West Point. Shepherd has made her home in West Point.
Carol Lummus, owner of Main Street Market, said she is happy to welcome Shepherd back to the restaurant.

West Point to offer curbside recycling

December 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After looking to initiate a full curbside recycling program for residents inside the city limits earlier in the year, the city is back on track with its recycling service.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the program was previously offered to both West Point and Clay County residents through an agreement with Waste Pro out of Tupelo. When the program didn’t profit, Waste Pro ended its recycling pick-up services to the region.

Armed robbery suspect sought

December 16, 2014

DTL staff

Local police are seeking information on an alleged armed robbery in West Point.
According to a West Point Police Department statement to media, about 7 p.m. Sunday officers responded to the Internet Cafe on Highway 50 in response to an armed robbery. Witnesses told police that an unidentified black man wearing a black coat, dark pants, glasses and a toboggan entered the business and brandished a small caliber handgun. The suspect reportedly told patrons to remain seated before pointing the weapon at the clerk and demanding money from the register.

City looks to fill fire chief spot

December 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Fire Department has been without a chief since Johnny Littlefield stepped down in May, but city officials look to have the position filled in January.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said he, along with the the city’s public safety office, completed the interview process Thursday.
“We did our interviews and we look to make a decision in the next few weeks,” Jones said. “There won’t be an announcement until the Jan. 13 selectmen meeting.

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