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December 22nd

Police urge holiday safety

December 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The holiday season has been a busy one, and with Christmas coming on Thursday, local officials urge citizens to stay safe while they engage in last-minute shopping or travel.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Christmas day itself was usually quiet inside the city and that it was the days leading up to the holiday that were more hectic.

December 19th

Sheriff’s Department faces increasing regional drug activity, loss of K-9 unit

December 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It's been a busy year for the Clay County Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff Eddie Scott.
Scott, who is serving his first term as Clay County Sheriff and is in his 15th year with the department, addressed West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point on the progress of the department.
Scott said the agency holds 23 licensed deputies in all, including part-time and reserve officers as well as a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent and school safety personnel.

County sets Siloam well engineers

December 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

About 500 customers of the Siloam Water Association in west Clay County are a step closer to having a new well. The Clay County Board of Supervisors selected Calvert-Spradling of West Point as engineers for the project.
Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Project Analyst Phylis Benson said the well project was part of the county’s $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and that the environmental review process for the well was near completion.

County strikes down new voting lines

December 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reject a proposed change in justice court and constable district lines at its meeting Thursday.
The Clay County Election Commission brought the proposal to the board at its Nov. 26 meeting in an effort to simplify the voting process in the county. The board hosted a public hearing on the matter Thursday in the courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.

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.

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