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September 29th, 2014

County prepares for upcoming election

September 29, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

County officials are once again preparing the polls, as Mississippi's 2014 general election is just about a month away. The Nov. 4 election will see statewide votes for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and local elections for Clay County Circuit Court judge and West Point Consolidated School Board members.

DUI laws set to change Oct. 1

September 29, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A change in Mississippi’s DUI law will take effect on Wednesday, and it’s a change that comes with questions. Under the new law, citizens with a first offense DUI conviction will have the chance to have the charge expunged from legal record.
Under the new law, if a person is convicted of a DUI 1st, they must obtain an ignition interlock device for every vehicle they own for 90 days. The law previously called for a 90-day driver’s license suspension.

September 26th

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

September 26, 2014

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

Clay County 4-H Exhibit Day proves successful for participants

September 26, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The County Extension Office of Clay County was filled with different types of projects submitted from the Clay County 4-H Club Wednesday. Eighteen club members participated and submitted 163 projects to be judged during Exhibit Day.

WPCC Growth Alliance looks at new strategy

September 26, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance is looking to see from just how far visitors will travel to downtown West Point.
Starting Thursday, Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said she began distributing forms calling for consumer zip codes at businesses throughout the downtown area. The forms, she said, ask for no other personal information or email addresses, and were solely for the purpose of tracking the distances people travel into the area.

Supervisors approve new bridge

September 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors accepted a $229,257 bid from Ausbern Construction Company — based in Okolona — to construct a new bridge in the county at its meeting Thursday. The bridge project will be fully funded by a state aid contract.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee said the new bridge will be located on Palestine Road in Montpelier, and will be about .112 miles long.

September 25th

Aspire to Excel begins 7th year

September 25, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Aspire to Excel after-school tutoring program at Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church in West Point is in its seventh year of helping students improve test scores in math, language and reading. The program is for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, with most classes containing only five students. Fourth - and fifth-grade classes are combined with six students. There are 21 students actively enrolled and the program is at its capacity.

Old Waverly steps up security

September 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The International Sports Promotion Society Handa Cup is set to begin Friday at the Old Waverly Golf Course.
Old Waverly Director of Golf Chris Jester said the Handa Cup is the largest tournament to come to the area since the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open. With so many golfers and fans coming to the community, one of Old Waverly staff and local law enforcement’s biggest concerns is security and safety.

Grand jury term begins Oct. 6

September 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The next Clay County Circuit Court term will begin on Oct. 6, and this term will involve grand jury cases. Grand juries determine whether criminal charges are to be brought up against those charged.
For this term, 198 cases are on the docket. This is down from the 261 cases that came before the court during the April grand jury term, but up from 135 during the regular term in July.

September 24th

Mississippi First Lady visits Clay

September 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant stopped by West Clay Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to read to second- and third-grade students as part of her “Read Across Mississippi” tour.
Bryant began the tour in January as a campaign to promote reading in the state. She planned to visit all 82 counties in Mississippi in 2014, and she said West Clay was the eighth school she’d visited this week, as of Tuesday.

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