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February 20th, 2015

Plaque to honor Zuber Park namesake

February 20, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Many residents many be unaware that Zuber Park, located on Highway 45 in West Point, was named for the city's first black physician. The family of Dr. Thomas L. Zuber, the park's namesake, looks to rectify that with a new plaque commemorating the doctor's life.
Zuber family friend Charles Ivy said the park had been in West Point for more than 30 years, and that younger residents and park visitors might not be aware of the doctor's impact.

Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Event tomorrow

February 20, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The fifth annual Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting Event for the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter is from 6 – 9 p.m. with cash bar from 9 p.m. - midnight, Saturday at The Civic in West Point. Tickets are $25 per person and appetizers will be served.
Frank Portera, chairman of the project, said this was a fun event for those who enjoy good food, fine wine and craft beer, dancing, music, spirits and a cash bar.

February 18th

WPSD recognizes Teacher/Admin. of the Year

February 18, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader

The West Point School District selected its Administrator and Teacher of the Year in a surprise assembly on Feb. 7. The winners will move on to represent WPSD in the state Administrator and Teacher of the Year selection.
Central School Principal Wynesther Cousins was selected as the WPSD Administrator of the Year, and East Side Pre-K teacher Lacie Pumphrey was chosen as Teacher of the Year.
Superintendent Burnell McDonald said the WPSD made nominations for Administrator of the Year, followed by a voting process.

Local officials advise cold weather safety

February 18, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The harshest cold typically waits until February to visit Mississippi and, according to weather forecasts, the cold looks to have arrived. Local officials are advising citizens to take precautions against the cold for the sake of their personal safety and comfort, and also for the sake of their water and electric bills.
The temperature is set to bottom out in the teens tonight, according to the National Weather Service, with more cold and precipitation coming through the end of the week and over the weekend.

City improves airport runway

February 18, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

As part of the city's continuing initiative to make improvements to the McCharen Field airport, crews have been busy clearing trees to allow lower-altitude landings on the runway.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the airport was under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restriction due to the height of trees at each end of the runway.

Ext. Service to offer pesticide disposal

February 18, 2015

DTL Staff

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will provide local farmers looking for an avenue to safely dispose of pesticides with the opportunity to drop-off their pesticide materials Thursday in Verona.
Clay County MSU Extension Service Director BJ McClenton said agricultural pesticides can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot of the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona.

February 16th

Fire Department looks to upgrade

February 16, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne has been the chief for about a month now, and his appointment necessitated a few other promotions, as well.
Reggie Gardner was promoted to battalion chief with the West Point Fire Department, Kenneth Wooten was promoted to sergeant and Heath Donahoo was promoted to driver.
Wilbourne said that it was a positive reflection on the WPFD that it's firefighters were prepared to move up.

WPPD to host third annual police ball

February 16, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is deep in preparation for its upcoming banquet. The fourth annual Police Ball is set to begin at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Civic in West Point.
WPPD Communications Officer and event coordinator Linda Mitchell said about 300 tickets were available for the event at $25 per person, or $185 for a table.
"We couldn't do this without the community," Mitchell said. "Everyone has been really supportive."

February 13th

SD makes burglary/larceny arrests

February 13, 2015

DTL staff

Clay County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested two suspects in connection with alleged grand larceny and burglary of a dwelling during the past week.
On Feb. 6, CCSD arrested Anthony Woods, 31, of 914 New Light Road in Starkville for grand larceny and malicious mischief. According to Sheriff Eddie Scott, the arrest stemmed from an alleged attempted theft of a four-wheeler from a residence in the county.

Lady Liberty comes to West Point

February 13, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local group is looking to make it possible for residents to experience a popular tourist attraction without ever having to leave town.
The West Point Community Foundation (WPCF) received the go-ahead from the city board Monday night to place a seven-foot aluminum Statue of Liberty replica at the entrance to the Kitty Dill Walkway on Churchill Road.
WPCF President Kenny Dill said the idea to put Lady Liberty in West Point had been floating around for about 30 years.

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