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February 6th, 2015

Access road speed: 45 mph

February 6, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors set the speed limit for Yokohama Boulevard at its meeting Thursday, and motorists on the new road will need to keep it at 45 mph.
County Engineer Robert Calvert said the Mississippi Office of State Aid Road Construction informed him that the board was required to set the speed limit itself before posting signage.

February 5th

Community remembers local teen

February 5, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Henry Brown, the 18-year-old West Point native who spurred fundraisers, prayers and a wealth of community support throughout his lifetime, has died.
Brown had been in the intensive care unity facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham since November. He went in for a surgical procedure to improve his breathing capabilities due to complications from Down syndrome — complications that ultimately led to his death Wednesday.

County to set boulevard speed

February 5, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors looks to set the speed limit for Yokohama Boulevard at its meeting today. The road has had no posted speed limit since it was officially opened to traffic in January.
“Since it opened, a lot of people have had a comfort level of driving fast on that road,” County Engineer Robert Calvert said. “Driving at higher speeds is not really safe on a two-lane road.”
Sheriff Eddie Scott said 45 miles per hour would be the ideal speed limit for the road due to the increase in traffic when the Yokohama Tire plant opens.

February 4th

Local hotel under new name

February 4, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling down Highway 45 South this week may have noticed a familiar West Point hotel flying under a different banner. The former Holiday Inn Express, next to Captain D’s and across from the Mossy Oak Outlet, is now an America’s Best Value Inn.
Fusion Hospitality, of Tupelo, owns the West Point location, and Fusion Hospitality Regional Director of Operations Alan Burns said the only thing changing about the hotel was the name.

Clay County Triad assists local elderly

February 4, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department’s Triad program received a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Leadership Council on Aging this week to provide assistance to elderly citizens.
According to the National Association of Triad’s website, the national program has been around for about 23 years. The program aims at reducing criminal victimization of elderly citizens.
Sheriff Eddie Scott said the Triad program was a way to bring elderly citizens together to discuss issues in the community.

February 3rd

Shelter receives grant to reduce unwanted litters

February 3, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Animal Shelter received a $4,000 grant from The Mississippi Board of Animal Health from the “I Care For Animals” car tag sales. The grant will be used as matching funds for a low – income spay/neuter program.
“To qualify, there needs to be family income of $30,000 or less,” Lisa Henley, director of the WPCCAS, said. “$50 will be paid to the vet of the person's choice for a cat, $70 for a dog, toward having the animal altered. This can be done for two animals.”

County joins Japan-America Society of Mississippi

February 3, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With a major Japanese tire manufacturer in the process of locating in Clay County, local officials are looking at ways to better integrate Japanese and American cultures in the area. At its Monday meeting, the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASM).
JASM is a nonprofit organization that sponsors business-related and cultural programs to benefit both American and Japanese members.

County OKs new fire trucks

February 3, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleadere.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase two $225,000 Pierce pump trucks for the county’s volunteer fire department at its meeting Monday.
Volunteer Fire Coordinator B.J. McClenton said the two trucks, totaling $450,000, would come from Emergency Equipment Professionals, Inc. of Horn Lake. They would be partially covered by a $140,000 Rural Fire Protection Assistance Program grant and the county would be responsible for the remainder.

February 2nd

GA banquet honors outstanding citizens

February 2, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance hosted its 89th annual banquet Thursday at the Civic. The banquet was a way for the Growth Alliance to recognize citizens who've gone the extra mile to contribute to the community, as well as remember the events of the past year.
"This is just a chance for our community to come together and honor citizens," Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said. "We look for people who have made significant contributions."

Nunnelee in hospice care

February 2, 2015

By MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Representatives for U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, have confirmed that the congressman is receiving hospice care in his Tupelo home.
Morgan Baldwin, campaign consultant for Nunnelee, said doctors had discovered a new brain tumor last week. After consulting with family and physicians, Nunnelee, 56, of Tupelo, determined to stop treatment. He was released from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo Monday, where he’d been hospitalized since December for a hematoma in his left leg.

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