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October 22nd

4-County warns against scammers

October 22, 2014

DTL staff

Officials from 4-County Electric Power Association are urging residents to be particular in whom they trust their information.
According to a 4-County statement issued to media, members have been targeted by callers claiming that customers’ security deposits must be upgraded or risk losing electric service. Another call claims members must pay over the phone or services will be terminated for non-payment. Both, 4-County officials said, are false and should be considered scams. Customers should be wary of questionable emails, as well.

Absentee voting date looms

October 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point and Clay County residents who won’t be in the area for the Nov. 4 general election have until noon Nov. 1 to place their absentee ballot.
Clay County Chancery Clerk’s office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week and will be open until noon this Saturday and next Saturday. Residents who are 65 or older or who will be out of the county the day of the election are eligible to vote absentee.
Clay County District 3 Election Commissioner Wendy Howell said residents will be required to have a photo ID to vote in the election.

October 21st

Junior Auxiliary partners with BPL to host ‘Fall in Love with Reading’ program

October 21, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Junior Auxiliary of West Point (JAWP) in partnership with the Bryan Public Library are hosting the first “Fall in Love With Reading,” free event from 10:30 a.m. through noon Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be activities for children of all ages and participants will receive a free book.

American Legion hosting veterans lunch

October 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point American Legion Posts 38 and 212 will host a veterans luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Post 38 building on Westbrook Street.
Post 38 Commander Bill Gibson said the free luncheon will be open to all community veterans and their spouses. He said there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks provided.
“We have our monthly meetings, but we were looking for other opportunities to honor all the area veterans and get them together,” Gibson said. “This is what we landed on and we hope to do more things like it in the future.”

Yokohama Boulevard to finish ahead of schedule

October 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The four-mile long and winding road of Yokohama Boulevard is getting closer to completion.
The $19 million road road project, which stretches from Highway 45 just north of West Point to Barton Ferry Road was one of the conditions Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a plant in the area.
Calvert-Spradling Engineers Project Engineer John Freeman said the deadline set forth by the county’s contract with Yokohama required the road to be complete Dec. 31 and open Jan. 1.

Severe weather scenario up on county’s radar

October 21, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Emergency personnel in West Point and Clay County are preparing for the worst next week, as the state will observe its annual severe weather preparedness week.

October 20th

United Way set to host annual Day of Caring

October 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

United Way of Clay County will host its Day of Caring and campaign kickoff luncheon Thursday at the Civic in West Point.
United Way of Clay County Executive Director Stacy Hays said the Day of Caring begins at 8 a.m., and is a community event to help develop teamwork and build morale among volunteers while giving back to the community.

School district accountability scores released

October 20, 2014

DTL staff

Mississippi Department of Education released its annual district accountability report card Friday, and while West Point schools made improvements in some areas, the district still has a way to go.
Overall, West Point School District again received a “D” rating, though all applicable schools — Central, Fifth Street, South Side and West Point High School — in the district scored a “C” rating. The official letter grade for WPHS in particular increased, up from a “D” rating in the previous year, according to the report.

Jury splits in armed robbery trial

October 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The jury found a West Point man not guilty of kidnapping after a three-day trial to close out the October Clay County Circuit Court term. However, the jury did not reach a verdict on two other charges.
Joshua Karriem, 30, of West Point, was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with a July 2013 home invasion. According to court documents, two men allegedly entered the home of the victim and bound and gagged him in his kitchen floor while they robbed his house.

VIDEO: SEC Is 1st Conference To Put 4 In Top 5 Of AP Poll

October 20, 2014

The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five ? all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.

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