Archive - Apr 2014 - News Article
By Josh Presley
The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend the next four night meetings at its meeting on Tuesday. The subject of night meetings was not on the agenda.
The board had previously voted to hold five night meetings during the year for residents who are unable to attend the morning meetings.
Board President Floyd McKee first said the board took no action but later said he abstained from voting.
âThe vote was after the executive session had ended and any other actions were supposed to be held until Thursdayâs meeting,â McKee said.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors elected Monday to suspend a previous vote, which moved four of the county's board meetings â one per month for the next four months â to evening time slots.
The initial purpose of the vote was to allow Clay County residents who work during daylight hours an opportunity to view Supervisors' meetings without being forced to take off work. The meetings are presently held at 9 a.m. the first Monday and Thursday of each month, and were scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month until Monday's vote.
By Josh Presley
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and local businesses, homes and cars are sporting blue ribbons in honor of children who have suffered abuse.
Sally Kate Winters Child Services Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said the theme of this yearâs awareness month is âLook, Listen, Respond.â
âWeâve been hanging blue ribbons on businesses and doors to spread awareness and get people asking questions,â Usry said. âBlue was chosen as the color for the ribbons because it represents the bruises that a victim may suffer.â
By Josh Presley
Three new officers with the West Point Police Department were sworn in Friday at City Hall.
New police officers Tyrone Haslett, Larry Boeke and Eric Johnson were sworn in by West Point City Clerk Delores Doss.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said there were more than 30 applicants for the police officer positions, which were narrowed down to 15 interviews.
âThese were the ones we thought were best suited for the job,â Brinkley said. âWe were impressed with their attitudes and maturity level.â
BY MARY GARRISON
The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance and local Main Street Association are looking to keep West Point hopping.
Beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, the organization will host its first ever âBunny Brunchâ at the Henry Clay Hotel on Commerce Street in West Point. Local children and their parents and guardians are invited to come share in treats of doughnut holes and milk and meet the one and only Easter Bunny.
By Donna Summerall
Alonzo Brooks has fought a few battles as a martial arts instructor, but none so important as his fight with nasal cancer.
âJanuary of 2012, I was having trouble with my ear,â said Brooks. âI went to the doctor who thought I was young to be having hearing problems. He couldnât find any problem in my ear so he checked my nose, and found a tumor. It was malignant. I was 36 years oldâ
BY Josh Presley
A colorful new bench has been installed at Church Hill Elementary in an effort to combat loneliness among the students and foster friendships.
Church Hill Guidance Counselor Leslie Scott first read about the Buddy Bench, an idea created by a Pennsylvania second-grader, on social media and thought it would be a perfect addition to Church Hill.
âTwo of the main things I teach are respect and empathy, and the Buddy Bench perfectly ties into both,â Scott said.
West Point police have made an arrest in connection to an alleged shooting incident March 24 in the Dollar General parking lot on Highway 45 North Alternate in West Point.
According to a statement issued by the West Point Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Dollar General last week after a dispute inside the store reportedly resulted in shots fired. Store surveillance footage showed group of unidentified men â some investigators believe to be juveniles â gathered in the parking area, where one allegedly opened fire on an unoccupied vehicle.
By Josh Presley
Fifth grade students from Oak Hill Academy and West Point Central School will be graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at 9 a.m. today at the Clay County Civic Center.
Former Mississippi State Bulldog and Green Bay Packer tight end Donald Lee will speak at the program, along with D.A.R.E. officers from Memphis.
West Point Police Department D.A.R.E. Officer Zate McGee said that about 300 students will be graduating from the program with some 270 students from Central School alone.
Special to Daily Times Leader
An Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department investigation is ongoing to determine what caused an early Sunday morning nightclub shooting that injured five people.
OCSD Commander Brett Watson said deputes responded to a shooting incident at Club Rock on Rockhill Road, north of Starkville, at 2:22 a.m. Sunday. He said five victims were injured, one critically, in the shooting, which occurred in the night club's parking lot.
OCSD would not identify the victims injured in Sunday's shooting.