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January 15th, 2015

City commits $25,000 to GTRA grant

January 15, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen voted to participate in a community match for a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) at its meeting Tuesday.
The airport received the $750,000 grant in October, and GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey said the grant would be used to add a westbound route to the airport.

Wilbourne tapped new fire chief

January 15, 2015

news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Fire Department has been without a fire chief since Johnny Littlefield stepped down in May, and now the position has been filled. The West Point Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Ken Wilbourne as the city's new fire chief at its meeting Tuesday.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said he, along with the the city's public safety office, completed the interview process in December, and informed Wilbourne he had the job Tuesday afternoon.

State, local officials gather for Yokohama Boulevard ceremony

January 15, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A crowd of state, county and local officials along with area business leaders braved the freezing weather to witness the ribbon cutting for Yokohama Boulevard Wednesday in West Point.
Construction for the 4-mile stretch of road connecting Highway 45 North to Barton Ferry Road wrapped up in December, and Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the boulevard's official opening.

January 14th

City to host new homebuyer workshop Jan. 24

January 14, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city will be hosting a free homebuyer workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said any citizen interested in buying a home, regardless of income or credit history, was eligible to attend the workshop.
“A lot of folks I talk to are interesting in owning homes, but don’t know the steps involved or don’t think they can do it,” Ryland said. “We usually host at least one a year and normally have about 50 people show up.”

JA to host Winter Soiree

January 14, 2015

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Resdients looking for a good way to kick back and enjoy a night among adults for a good cause will have their chance this Saturday. The West Point Junior Auxiliary will host its second Winter Soiree at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic.
The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and entertainment courtesy of "Pinnishook," a band from Philadelphia. While not the massive affair of the once popular annual JA charity ball, membership chairwoman and board member Christi Trull Dubois said she hoped eventually it would be.

Village Post Office opens in West Point

January 14, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents who can't make it to the post office during normal business hours now have another option in the city. Those traveling on Highway 45 North may have noticed the sign at the C-Mart service station for West Point's new Village Post Office (VPO).
A VPO is affiliated with USPS, but is operated out of a private business so USPS doesn't have to pay for a building or workers. The VPO consists a shelf inside the business that offers flat-rate boxes and stamps, as well as a drop off point for customers to mail their packages.

Capital murder trial delayed

January 14, 2015

DTL staff

The trial of Brittania Smith has been pushed back to April, after Smith made a motion of indigency during this week's Clay County Circuit Court term.
Smith, 24, of West Point, was charged with capital murder in connection with the December 2013 death of her 2-month-old son Brinston Smith.

January 13th

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

January 13, 2015

1/18/15

Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm

Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

Locals to celebrate King with Monday ceremony

January 13, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The annual commemorative march and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 9 a.m. Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive with participants waving signs, carrying banners, singing and keeping the dream and the legacy of the slain civil rights activist alive. The march ends at Central School with the celebration continuing at the Center Stage auditorium. Churches, organizations and clubs were encouraged to bring banners to show their representation at the march, according to event coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones.

City looks to set new fire chief tonight

January 13, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Fire Department has been without a chief since Johnny Littlefield stepped down in May, and city officials look to fill the position during tonight's board meeting at City Hall.
Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city's public safety office and West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones completed the interview process in December.

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