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Teachers, OHA to part ways - Community rallies to support long-time educators Rives, Hughey

March 31, 2014

Oak Hill Academy will part ways with two long-time educators after this school year.

Elementary Principal Jane Rives’ contract is not being renewed and girls’ basketball coach Stan Hughey is resigning. Oak Hill Headmaster Yandell Harris said that neither Rives nor Hughey were fired, and it was not an issue of budget.

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Supervisors stress burn etiquette

March 31, 2014

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is encouraging residents to dial 911 before doing any burning in the county.

At Thursday night’s supervisor’s meeting District 3 Supervisor R.B. Davis said that residents should dial 911 and let first responders know where and when they’ll be burning to save Clay County Volunteer firefighters from having to respond to them unnecessarily.

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West Point First Presbyterian EPC Church welcomes new pastor

March 31, 2014

Rev. Brandon Bates is leaving his hospice ministry in the Flowood/Ridgeland area and moving to West Point to pastor First Presbyterian Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Rev. Steve Davis retired from the ministry and left the First Presbyterian Church without a pastor. Bates held the position of chaplain for PaxHospice in Ridgeland for the past two years. He has preached regularly throughout the Central South Presbytery while teaching periodically as adjunct faculty at Belhaven University.

March 28th

H & R Block raises funds for WP Relay

March 28, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The fourth annual H & R Block bake sale to benefit Relay for Life hopes to continue its record of exceeding the amount previously raised. The first year of the bake sale raised $243, the second year over $400 and last year $900 was donated to Relay for Life by Team H & R Block, according to Libby Montgomery, H & R Block associate and cancer survivor.

Mayor to honor local volunteers, groups

March 28, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson is participating in a national day of recognition to show appreciation to local volunteers for the work they do.
Beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday in the downstairs conference room of City Hall, Robinson will host a come-and-go reception with cookies and punch for all residents and organizations that give their time to the community.

March 27th

Sally Kate Winters to hold fifth annual Spring Into Action run

March 27, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Sally Kate Winters Family Services will host its fifth annual Spring Into Action 5K and Family Fun Run on April 5.
Sally Kate Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said that organization chose to do its 5K and Fun Run in April because April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“We want to bring awareness to the community about child abuse. How to spot it and how to reach out,” Usry said. “We want to impart on everyone in our community that it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure we do everything we can to protect children.”

Ward set to speak at academic banquet

March 27, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Marcus D. Ward, vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Alcorn State University Foundation Inc., along with being a West Point High School alumnus, is keynote speaker for the West Point High School academic achievement awards banquet. The banquet is 6 p.m. April 4 at The Civic. High school students who have an average of 90 or above for the fall and spring semesters this year are invited to attend, according to Robert Smith one of the coordinators for the event.

Substation project under way

March 27, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A new electric power substation is under construction in Clay County to service to the new tire plant.
The $2.3 million Triathlon Substation, maintained by 4-County Electric, will provide service to the Yokohama Tire plant that’s also under construction.
4-County Communications Coordinator Brad Barr said that the substation will be located just north of Yokohama’s buildings on Barton Ferry Road.
“The substation was specifically built to service only the tire plant and and will have an initial capacity of 18 megawatts,” Barr said.

March 26th

Main Street Association partners with city on new downtown signs

March 26, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Main Street Association has designed new signs to represent historic areas of West Point.
Former Main Street Association President Kristen Stevens said that the project has been in the making for three or four years and the purpose of the signs was to make the downtown area more accessible.
“A lot of our signs were faded or nonexistent,” Stevens said. “The purpose of the Main Street Association is to promote that area and one way to promote it is for people to be able to easily find downtown.”

Police investigate claims of gunshots fired

March 26, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Police are investigating a report of shots fired in the area of Jim James Court.
WPPD officers were dispatched to the area at 7:53 p.m. Monday after witnesses claimed to have heard gunfire. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses at 5th Street School, who were nearby when the incident allegedly occurred.
According to the incident report, witnesses said they were chased by unidentified suspects toward the school just prior to the alleged shots.

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