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January 10th, 2013
On Tuesday, West Point Democrat (House District 36) David Gibbs had a hand-written note delivered to Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn explaining that he was resigning from the state legislature after 19 years of representing Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties.
By Wednesday, the legislature, which began a three-month session on Tuesday, was busy researching whether Gibbs' resignation could be rescinded.
According to reports, Gibbs initially resigned due to â€śpoor healthâ€ť on January 8.
What if you were driving down the road and all of a sudden someone rammed into your vehicle, sending you flying off the road while they continue driving on like nothing ever happened?
Most people would find themselves in a state of rage after an event like this especially if they were seriously injured and their vehicle was severely damaged.
The city of West Point is giving Comcast only a few more weeks to act on a service contract with the city before the city passes a resolution to remove all of Comcastâ€™s attachments on city-owned utility poles.
Paying only $1.50 per pole is no longer an option and is no longer acceptable to the city, which is now asking Comcast to sign a contract through which Comcast would pay $15 per pole. If Comcast officials donâ€™t act soon the city of West Point is ready to detach all Comcast attachments from city poles and negotiate with other cable and Internet service providers.
Longtime West Point Businessman Mike Garnett, owner of Mike Garnett Enterprises, expressed his opposition Tuesday to the city of West Point charging the minimum set rates for electricity and water services for properties that only need services for a few days.
Waiting two long years for an answer would probably qualify as an act that goes well beyond patience, but the patience the city of West Point has had with Comcast Cable and Internet Services has reached its max.
Now the city is on the brink of taking permanent action against the company.
With Christmas and the New Yearâ€™s holidays behind, the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance is already busy with its plans for 2013.
This should prove to be a banner year for the town, as the new One Percent tax revenue funds are to be deposited into the bank this month and reinvested throughout the community.
On Monday afternoon, two new billboards went up on each end of town on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. One faces north on the four lane a little over three miles outside of town going toward Tupelo.
The other is near the turnoff for U.S. Highway 82, facing south.
Jerome Collins is no stranger to Clay County courtrooms.
Already tagged with an arrest warrant for a hefty unpaid fine for past offenses involving the operation of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Collins added to the wrap sheet this weekend.
Collins is now charged with Driving Under the Influence, Third Offense.
He has also been charged with resisting arrest, failure to yield to blue light and siren, and he has been charged based on a failure to pay warrant that amounted to $1,048 owed to Justice Court.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors convened on Monday morning, which was the first meeting of 2013 for the board.
As with any first of the year meetings involving the county board, much of the meeting was consumed with the business of re-hiring and appointing county employees for 2013.
The board itself voted for its 2013 president and vice president. District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes will fill the position as board President, and District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee will serve as the boardâ€™s Vice President this year.
Newly elected District 5 Clay County Election Commissioner Maxine Brown cried tears of joy when it was determined she won the seat on November 6, 2012. On Monday, Brown is seen officially taking the oath of office from Clay County Judge Lee Coleman at the courthouse, along with the other elected commissioners. See a picture of all five taking the oath on page 10. Photo by Bryan Davis
The first week of filing qualifying paperwork at West Point City Hall for the 2013 Municipal Election was unusually slow with only eight individuals filing statements of intent as opposed to the busy first qualifying week during the last Municipal Election.