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January 26th, 2015

Court term comes to close

January 26, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man was sentenced to seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a drive-by shooting as the January Clay County Circuit Court term came to a close Friday.
Charles Saul, Jr., 22, of Grove Street in West Point, pleaded guilty to drive-by shooting and was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in MDOC with eight years suspended. Saul opened fire on two cars in June 2013, causing damage to both of them, according to the incident report. The drivers of the cars were not injured.

January 21st

EMCC president to retire this summer

January 21, 2015

DTL staff

East Mississippi Community College President Rick Young will wrap up a career spanning more than 40 years this summer.
Young announced Tuesday his intent to retire from EMCC, effective June 30. Young joined the community college staff 40 years ago, according to an EMCC media release issued Tuesday, and spent a total of about 42 years in education.

County to vote on GTR airport grant fund match

January 21, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a $25,000 match for a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) at its meeting tomorrow.
The airport received the $750,000 grant in October, and required a $500,000 community match among the entities sharing GTRA. West Point and Clay County’s share of the match was $50,000 to be split between the city and county, and the West Point Board of Selectmen voted at its Jan. 13 meeting to participate.

Man nets 30 years on assault

January 21, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) for assault during Tuesday’s Clay County Circuit Court session.

January 20th

89th annual banquet preparations rolling; event set for Jan. 29

January 20, 2015

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

As the month dwindles, so too does the deadline for preparations on the 89th annual West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance banquet.
The banquet, themed "Past, present, forever West Point," is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Civic. Festivities will begin with a cocktail hour and networking, followed by dinner provided by White's Catering at 6 p.m. Thus far, Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said all was coming together smoothly for this year's event.

West Point residents march, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point and Clay County residents gathered Monday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. More than 50 locals turned up at 9 a.m. Monday to march from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive down Main and Commerce streets before ending up at Center Stage for a celebratory program.
Many residents who couldn’t make the walk still came out for the program, and event coordinator Anna Jones said the turnout — about 100 or so in the Center Stage auditorium — was consistent with the last few years’ events.

January 19th

Center construction to begin this month

January 19, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Construction for the new West Point shopping center in front of Walmart is set to begin during the next two weeks. Dirt work for the building began in July but since then, work had slowed considerably.
Jim Khalaf, owner of Khalaf Plaza LLC in McComb, said there had been a miscommunication in planning for the new shopping center, but he obtained a building permit for the project.

Homeless children at peak levels

January 19, 2015

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Homelessness among children is something staff at Sally Kate Winters Family Services deal with every day. And the problem is worse than many might think, according to SKW Director Sheila Brand.

Woman set to appear on murder

January 19, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The second week of the January Clay County Circuit Court term is set to begin Tuesday morning with the murder trial of Tameshia Shelton.
Shelton, 36, of West Point, was charged with murder on suspicion of the October 2009 death of West Point resident David Young. Shelton's trial has received several continuances for additional discovery and one due to her giving birth two weeks before the trial date. According to court documents, Young's family requested more than $3,000 in restitution from Shelton for funeral expenses.

January 16th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Diet Tips & Tricks for a Healthy New Year

January 16, 2015

The most common New Year Resolution is to lose weight and get fit. Fitness and nutrition expert John Basedow offers his best diet tips and tricks, including 'smart shopping,' controlling portion size, selecting natural foods, home cooking and packing 'take home plates' when eating out, so you to make this year your best ever.

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