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November 28th

Battlebells growing in popularity

November 28, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The sound of cowbells is familiar to anyone who's ever been near a Mississippi State University football game. A pair of MSU alumni got the idea to manufacture higher-quality cowbells for fans - cowbells made right here in West Point.
Former MSU students Stephen Caples and John Howell got the idea of "Battlebells" about two years ago while still attending the university.

County reviews district lines

November 28, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is considering a change in district voting lines after a report from the election commission at its meeting Wednesday.
Election Commission Chairman Tommy Bryan said the current district lines have led to split precincts, which caused caused some precincts to have several different ballots for certain elections.

Giving up holidays to give of themselves

November 28, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Those in the health care profession know their responsibilities don't stop for holidays. Nurses and therapists have learned to adapt to missing time with loved ones that most people take for granted.
Derrick Bush, a registered nurse at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point, has not only missed sharing holidays with his family because of the work schedule, but spent a year in Iraq in service to his country with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Giving thanks

November 28, 2014

DTL staff

Daily Times Leader wanted to know what some of West Point and Clay County’s most notable residents were thankful for this holiday season, as well as what they were looking forward to most about this Thanksgiving. Their answers were as follows:

Robbie Robinson, West Point mayor

Coleman secures board seat

November 28, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After the votes were counted for Tuesday’s runoff election Tommy Coleman secured the District 1 seat in the West Point Consolidated School District board.
Coleman received 68 percent of the vote to opponent Cameron Boyd’s 31 percent. In the Nov. 7 general election, Coleman received 48 percent to Boyd’s 34 percent. Coleman failed to receive the necessary 50 percent in the general election, which necessitated the runoff.

November 26th

VIDEO: What to watch for - Keys to the 2014 Egg Bowl

November 26, 2014

Sports Illustrated's Ben Glicksman previews the Week 14 rivalry matchup between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels.

Local Scouts plan holiday food drive

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader

With the holidays drawing near, many local organizations are looking at ways to give back to the community and provide a helping hand to those less fortunate.
One such organization is West Point Cub Scout Pack 118. The Cub Scouts will host a canned-food drive for the West Point Food Pantry during the city’s Christmas parade Dec. 8.
Pack leader Stacy Berry said Kroger donated six shopping carts to the pack, which the Scouts will push along the side of the street during the parade to collect food.

Growth Alliance raising money for new city lights

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Christmas has been on the mind of local officials for the past couple weeks, specifically the need to update the city’s Christmas decorations.
The displays that adorn light poles on Highway 45 and Main Street were purchased 31 years ago, and West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said she was making it an immediate priority to begin raising money to purchase new lights for next year.

Local police seeking leads on burglaries

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for information on three burglaries from October.
n About noon on Oct. 6, officers responded to the C complex of Jim James Court off of East Morrow Street in reference to an alleged home burglary. According to the incident report, the homeowner arrived to discover the home broken into and a window air-conditioning unit allegedly stolen. The owner also reported a DVD player, about 15 DVDs and $25 in cash. The owner was not able to provide a brand name or serial number for the DVD player.

Clay tops state in unemployment

November 26, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County has again topped the state in unemployment according to a report issued Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).
According to the report, Clay County held the state’s highest unemployment rate of 15.1 percent for October, which was down from previous months. At its highest for the year, the county peaked at 18.3 percent in June. The county’s lowest rate hit in April, when it fell to 14.8 percent.

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