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October 21st

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.

October 17th

VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

October 17, 2014

Those planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing.

Howlin' Wolf Museum donates to soldiers

October 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

In the not-so-distant future, a small U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan will get a little taste of West Point culture.
Scott Huffstetler, of Henagar, Ala., began sending care packages to his nephew Tony, now a lieutenant in a small, specialized unit of the U.S. Army dedicated to surveillance, during his first tour of duty in 2004 in Iraq. What began as just a few personal things, however, soon grew to something more.

CTC students work on school safety project

October 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Safety is one of the primary concerns for schools, and students in the West Point Career and Technology Center (CTC) have taken on a project to make the school buildings even safer.
CTC Vocational Director Patrick Ray said he learned about a project from a career and technology class at Muscatine Community College (MCC) in Iowa - a simple door-locking mechanism called “the sleeve.”

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