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December 12th

Handa Cup brings $50,000 for local donations

December 12, 2014

DTL staff

West Point has something else unique to call its own, courtesy of Old Waverly Country Club.
Rick Milburn, chairman for the ISPS Handa Cup held at the club in September, presented West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson and city selectment with a custom made city flag Thursday during a meeting of the West Point Rotary Club at the Ritz Theater. Milburn said the club had the city’s logo digitized and placed on the flag as a special “thank you” for the city’s accommodation during the LPGA Legends Tour event.

Local police seeking old burglary info

December 12, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any new information pertaining to a trio of burglaries from the 2011 holiday season.

Children’s memorial scheduled

December 12, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Compassionate Friends of the Golden Triangle will host a candlelight service for locals who have lost children at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) fellowship hall in West Point.
Compassionate Friends is an international organization that provides support for grieving parents and grandparents who have lost their children.
West Point local and Compassionate Friends member Lynne Posey said the organization hosts the candlelight service across the county on the second Sunday in December.

December 11th

Former presidential hopeful Romney to speak at MSU

December 11, 2014

BY STEVEN NALLEY
Special to Daily Times Leader

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University will host 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium as part of the MSU Global Lecture Series. However, Romney's appearance is just the latest in a series of noted speakers from within the upper echelons of American leadership to appear at MSU.
Twenty-five years ago, a sitting U.S. president was the guest speaker for Mississippi State University’s commencement.

City appoints school board representatives

December 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The final pieces for the new West Point Consolidated School District board were put in place as the West Point Board of Selectmen appointed three members from the city at its meeting Tuesday.
The board unanimously approved Shay King, Nita Keys and Elizabeth Bailey to serve on the new board. King and Keys currently serve on the West Point School Board, while Bailey will be a new addition.
All three appointees were recommended by West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson. He said he wanted to carry over some members from the WPSD board to the WPCSD board.

City OKs insurance increase

December 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen approved an insurance policy renewal for the upcoming year at its meeting Tuesday. The policy will introduce a 35 percent increase in insurance rates for city employees beginning Jan. 1.
Kathy Comer, of Lyon Insurance, said the city’s Blue Cross Blue Shield rates were increasing due to the amount of claims filed during the past year.
“We had some exceptionally large claims, and Blue Cross Blue Shield has paid out more than they’ve paid in,” Comer said.

December 10th

Community rallies to help local teenager

December 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Community members have come together to set up a Cadence Bank account to collect donations for the medical care of 18-year-old Henry Brown.
Brown, of West Point, has been in the intensive care facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center for the last three weeks following a surgical procedure to improve his breathing capabilities due to complications from Down syndrome.
His mother, Leann Brown, said he started using an oxygen tank in 2009, and in the intervening years he came to require more and more oxygen.

WPSD seeking mentors

December 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District is on the lookout for community members willing to volunteer some time with students in need of mentoring.
WPSD Community Relations Director Nancy Young said the school district wants someone to spend 30 minutes per week with students.
“We need our mentors to be consistent with students,” Young said. “The worst thing we can do is introduce another adult into a child’s life who won’t be there for them.”
She said the mentoring program was for students of all ages who are in need of a little extra attention.

December 9th

Water damage shuts down local day care

December 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

First United Methodist Church in West Point had to shut down its Child Development Center day care program for a few days this week due to a water leak.
FUMC Pastor Jeff Shannon said the church’s custodian discovered the leak early Sunday morning in the rear part of the church.
“A water heater had broken and it ran that way for a while with water leaking throughout a good part of the fellowship hall and day care classrooms,” Shannon said.

City set to appoint new school board members

December 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen will appoint three members to the new West Point Clay County Consolidated School District Board during its meeting tonight at City Hall.
The board was originally set to appoint the school board members at its November meeting, however West Point City Attorney Orlando Richmond said the board would have to postpone the appointments due to not having a quorum.

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