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February 26th, 2013

Court denies drug offender new trial

February 26, 2013

Despite his plea, Clay County resident Alphonzo C. Garth will not get to stand trial again for his possession of cocaine charge unless a higher court of Mississippi rules in his favor.
During the January term of Clay County Circuit Court Garth stood trial for the charge, and after a 30-minute deliberation by the jury Garth was found guilty of possessing over 30 grams of cocaine the night of Oct. 6, 2011. One day after the jury weighed the evidence and found him guilty the court sentenced Garth to 25 years in prison followed by five years of post release supervision.

Some residents under boil water notice

February 26, 2013

Clay County residents living in the Northgate Subdivision and the Southgate Subdivision are now under a boil water notice, which was issued Monday evening by the Mississippi Department of Health.
The city of West Point notified the Department of Health that there was a loss of pressure caused by a break in the water line. According to MDH, a water system that loses pressure can become contaminated, and only when waters tests show a positive reading for contamination is the water safe to drink again.

February 25th

2nd Annual EMCC Art Show coming to Bryan Saturday

February 25, 2013

West Point is rich in the arts, and people around the state are beginning to take notice.
Already famous for the community’s Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival and the Prairie Arts Festival in September, Clay County is now home to two spring events that showcase regional artists, as well as local ones.
The first of the two will take place this Saturday at the Bryan Public Library.
This is the Second Annual East Mississippi Community College Art Show.
It will feature 50 pieces of art by 25 students from EMCC, as well as five faculty members.

Turner: Education, budgets will round out legislative session

February 25, 2013

It has been an eventful new year for Angela Turner so far.
The recently-elected Senator for District 16 has been busy at the state capitol since she took office on January 15 in a special election.
The Clay County native is up to speed with the issues that face legislators during the current 90-day session, and she shared some of her insights on what the final leg of the session will look like during Monday morning’s Legislative Breakfast at City Hall.
“I’ve hit the ground running,” Turner said of the last month and a half.

Comcast pays $6K to city, still owes $80K

February 25, 2013

A small portion of the delinquent service fees owed by Comcast Cable was paid recently to the city of West Point, but since receiving that payment the city has not received a dime of the large balance remaining.
In their Jan. 8 meeting, the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen granted Comcast a 45-day extension of time to pay the $6,000 franchise fee owed to the city’s general fund and to enter into a contract through which Comcast would pay $15 per pole attachment.

Local Investigator Qualifies For Ward 3

February 25, 2013

Constituents of Ward 3 in West Point now have one more candidate to consider voting for in the May 7 Primary Election for elected municipal offices in the city of West Point.
Just last week Ken Poole, investigator with the West Point Police Department, declared his intention at City Hall to run for the office of Ward 3 selectman as a democratic candidate. Two other individuals declared their intent several weeks ago to run for the post, including Jimmy Clark and incumbent Charles Collins.

February 22nd

Newly-elected Turner to speak at Legislative Breakfast

February 22, 2013

Clay County residents will get a chance to speak with the newly-elected state Senator Angela Turner in West Point.
After a week off due to last Monday’s holiday, the West Point Growth Alliance’s Legislative Breakfast is back on for tomorrow, and it will feature Turner for the first time as senator.
Turner was elected on January 15, and she represents citizens in Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee Counties.
Since joining the legislature at the Capitol last month, Turner has been able to weigh in on a host of issues, including education reform.

Region’s impoverished beating the odds through “Bridges out of Poverty” sessions

February 22, 2013

There is no one quick way to end poverty in America.
If there were a lone barrier between the impoverished and a single solution to the multitude of problems that surround the poor, that wall would have been torn down many years ago.
“Poverty is a multifaceted problem,” Jodi Pfarr told a crowd of concerned community leaders in Starkville on Friday.
Pfarr knows a little bit about the poor.
Raised in a poor Minnesota family, Pfarr made an early career working for charities and non-profits. She has experienced life in the Middle Class and life in poverty.

Locals absorbing sting of rising gasoline costs

February 22, 2013

How painful it is to look up at a gas sign these days and see fuel prices at nearly $3.70 a gallon, but what’s more painful is having to dig deeper into the pocketbook trying to find money to pay for the increase.
Over the last few weeks gasoline prices have jumped nearly 50 cents a gallon for regular, and when a consumer fills their tank completely up the difference in what they were paying is quite significant.
Like West Point resident Tommy McDonald, most commuters stopping at the pump shake their heads in disbelief at today’s fuel costs.

February 21st

Accelerated math class going strong

February 21, 2013

Earning a general education diploma is right around the corner for many Clay County residents, some of whom simply need to complete the math portion of the GED program before taking the examination.
Since so many residents of West Point only lack the math portion of the GED Program, East Mississippi Community College-West Point campus is holding a two-week accelerated math class just for these students.

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