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December 13th

Food Pantry in need of supplies, volunteers

December 13, 2012

This month 429 Clay County families are going to be fed thanks to the Project Homestead Food Pantry.
That’s roughly 850 family members who are receiving food they would not normally be able to obtain because of the volunteer efforts of those associated with the local food pantry.
Donna Cliett, who has 25 years of experience with the Mississippi State Extension Service and leads the charge at Clay County’s food pantry spoke to the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday about the ever-growing need for food and volunteers at the pantry.

City Discusses Municipal Judge's New Appointment

December 13, 2012

Will West Point Municipal Judge Mark Cliett continue serving as judge now that he has been appointed part time public defender?
It's a question that's on the minds of many citizens of the community, including the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen, who discussed Cliett's new appointment Tuesday night during their regular meeting.

December 11th

Stolen vehicle recovered, investigation underway

December 11, 2012

West Point police were able to recover a vehicle Monday that was reported stolen earlier that morning from Windale Apartments, and now police are seeking the individual are individuals responsible for taking the car.
The vehicle, a tan 2005 Nissan Altima, was reported stolen shortly after 6 a.m. Monday morning, said Acting Chief Investigation Albert Lee, who said calls from concerned citizens led to police finding the vehicle on Mayhew Street across from Zuber Park.
Once police arrived on Mayhew Street they saw that the vehicle was not occupied and noticed significant damage to the car.

Palestine church offers hope by way of the gift of light

December 11, 2012

A few feet away from the Christmas tree at Palestine United Methodist Church, the ground is still loose and a little soft just after a good rain.
The circle-shaped pile of dirt was once the site of the old and much bigger tree that was planted by Hugh Moore many years ago.
“I told him that tree was going to get too big, and it got too big,” said Tuney Moore, Hugh’s widow who has belonged to the Palestine Methodist congregation for over half a century.

December 8th

Christmas Tour of homes today

December 8, 2012

Betty and Joe Trulove’s French inspired home enjoys sweeping views of Old Waverly’s 15th fairway and will be on the tour Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2-5 p.m. at Old Waverly Golf Club, with a reception to follow at the club house. Tickets are $30 in advance and are available at Culin-Arts, Petal Pushers, Bits n’ Pieces, Old Waverly Club House and Fore Seasons at Old Waverly in West Point or by calling the Growth Alliance at 662-494-5121. Photo submitted by Kristen Stevens, West Point Main Street Association.

Drug Court holds first grad ceremony

December 8, 2012

It took a lot of strength, a lot of focus and a positive, self-motivated spirit to successfully complete the Clay County Misdemeanor Drug Court Program, and these are the very qualities Andrew Smith and Dantun Fair possessed throughout the entire program.
And those attributes along with support from the Misdemeanor Drug Court team earned Smith and Fair the titles of the first graduates of the Misdemeanor Drug Court, where they were honored Friday during a graduation ceremony held for them.

State defends police rights to keep certain information confidential

December 8, 2012

The Sixteenth Circuit Court District is asking the Clay County Circuit Court for an order that would grant the West Point Police Department permission to keep certain criminal documentation confidential – documentation that is wanted in a recent wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed months ago by Aubrey Mitchell, who is suing Ridgewood East Apartments and UAH Property Management, for the death of his son, Devin Mitchell, who was shot and killed at the apartment complex Jan. 1, 2012.

December 6th

County faces $15K unexpected expense for special election, runoff

December 6, 2012

The Clay County Board of Supervisors spent a portion of Thursday morning discussing various needs for the upcoming special election, including where the funds will come from to cover the cost of the special election.
This past Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant informed election commissions in District 16 that a special election will be held Jan. 15, 2013 due to the passing of District 16 Sen. Bennie Turner, and if necessary, a runoff will be held Feb. 5, 2013.

Citizen opposes supervisor pay raise proposal

December 6, 2012

Clay County resident Chad Scott brought forth several reasons Thursday why he thinks county supervisors in Mississippi should not receive a cost of living adjustment, which some county supervisors are requesting from state legislators.
Several Clay County supervisors met last week with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to discuss asking state lawmakers to grant county supervisors a cost of living adjustment, which supervisors have not received in nearly a decade.

December 5th

Ward’s latest work a compendium of East Mississippi history

December 5, 2012

There is not a piece of Rufus Ward’s 1869 West Point home that is without some historical significance.
Whether it’s the living room rocker that sits below a family portrait which dates back to the U.S. Civil War, a book or a simple mantel piece, every piece that decorates the Ward home has a story to tell.
That is the nature of Ward’s writing as well.

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