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April 17th

Mt. Hermon preps for Seven Sayings service

April 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Mt. Hermon M.B. Church on Mayhew Street in West Point is preparing for one of its most well-received services of the year: the Seven Last Sayings of Christ service.

Local woman convicted on murder charge

April 17, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Shunbrica Roby, of Columbus, was found guilty of murder on April 9 for the 2012 stabbing death of Marcus L. Payne of West Point.
Clay County District Attorney Lindsey Clemons said that Roby was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
“The jury deliberated for three hours Wednesday before coming back with a verdict,” Clemons said. “They had the choice between murder or manslaughter and they came back with murder.”

State school officials propose district lines

April 17, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Education hosted a public meeting to discuss and approve school board member lines for the new school district Tuesday at the Clay County Courthouse.
The State of Mississippi passed legislation in September to consolidate West Point and Clay County School Districts into the new West Point Consolidated School District.

April 16th

Sturgis man arrested for sexual battery

April 16, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

STURGIS — Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested a Sturgis resident Monday afternoon on suspicion of sexual battery.
Deputies arrested 19-year-old Nathaniel Hatter for an alleged case of sexual battery against a female victim.
OCSD Sgt. John Davis said the victim is between 18 and 21 years old.
He said Clay County Sheriff's Department notified OCSD about the alleged incident, which occurred early Saturday morning near Sturgis.

Local committee working to restore Northside school for community use

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A group of West Point residents are trying to preserve an important cultural landmark in the community.
The Northside School Buildling Restoration Committee is in the process of renovating the former Northside High School on Fifth Street to use for community functions.
Northside School Building Restoration Committee Chairwoman Louise Terry said the project is supported by a Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation grant derived from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Community gears up for local production of 'Cinderella'

April 16, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The sets are under construction, the principal parts are cast and rehearsals are set to begin for the next big West Point Clay County Arts Council community theater production, “Cinderella.”
The community rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical is set to debut Aug. 1 at Center Stage in West Point, however there’s much yet to be done before the show goes public, according to Director Ginger Fowler.

County schools cited in audit

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor has released the Clay County School District annual financial audit for the year ending June 30.
The audit found that West Clay Elementary School Principal Helen Kennard took office without a proper surety bond.
According to suretybonds.com, a surety bond guarantees the principal will act in accordance with certain laws. If the principal fails to perform in this manner, the bond will cover resulting damages or losses.

April 15th

Friends of BPL welcome local author to LWB

April 15, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Columbus author Deborah Johnson is bringing her latest novel to the Luncheon with Books at noon, April 24 at the Bryan Public Library in West Point.
In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Johnson takes her readers back in time to witness Mississippi in the wake of World War II.

WPCCAC plans inaugural ‘Art Walk’ for May

April 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) has been a particularly busy group in recent weeks, as it prepares for the inaugural Art Walk.

Wreck closes Soco pumps

April 15, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A man crashed his car into a gas pump Sunday morning at the Soco Chevron Truck Stop in West Point.
West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee said the WPPD is withholding the man’s identity pending investigation.
McGee said the man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 45 in a Mercury Grand Marquis coming in to West Point.
“The man said he saw the sign that said ‘Welcome to West Point’ and the next thing he remembered was someone pulling him out of the car,” McGee said.

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