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October 23rd

City eyes improving road conditions

October 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The improvement of driving conditions has been on the minds of city officials during the past few weeks.
The city received new traffic sensors for three intersections along Highway 45 courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the work doesn’t stop there. He said the city is also looking at improving visibility at certain intersections in town.

WPPD receives seatbelt grant

October 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department received a grant from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to go toward enforcing vehicle occupant restraints. The $5,000 grant will be used to pay officers who work overtime at safety checkpoints.

October 22nd

First Christian Church set for annual ‘sweet tater’ giveaway

October 22, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Daily Times Leader’s first “feature Friday” article on Facebook. “Feature Friday articles will appear in Wednesday editions, following inital Facebook only release.

Members of the First Christian Church in West Point are gearing up to give residents a little something sweet. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the parking lot of First Christian Church on Broad Street in West Point, volunteers will be giving sweet potatoes away — completely free — to the public.

West Point family up for farming contest

October 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local farm is participating in a Facebook photo contest to determine CHS Incorporated’s Farm Family of the Year. The contest is run through the Mississippi Department of Athletics Facebook page with the purpose of promoting agriculture awareness in the state.
Those who have liked the Facebook page can vote for the best farm family and Judson Farming Company (JFC), located north of West Point, is one of the entries.

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.

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