Archive - News Article
March 2nd, 2013
By Kathy Dyess,
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
A mighty Spring Storm will hit downtown West Pointâa âperfectâ storm of Art, that is! Creativity will fill the air as more than 50 fine artists, crafts men and women display their art in the first annual Historic Downtown Art Walk, Saturday, April 13th.
The staff of the Hampton Inn and Suites of West Point truly have something to be proud about, as they were notified just last week that they will soon be the recipients of the Hilton Circle of Excellence Award.
When a $10 a month garbage bill reaches a whopping $2,000 itâs probably safe to say thereâs a problem.
And that particular problem was discussed Thursday by the Clay County Board of Supervisors and Clay County Tax Assessor/Collector Paige Lamkin, who requested further action be taken to collect delinquent garbage fees.
Hundreds of Clay County children file into the Bryan Public Library each week of every summer to witness an educational program.
Whether it be music, reading or the annual visit from the âsnake manâ these kids have the benefit of learning new things even when school is not in session.
The Pilot Club of West Point supports the Summer Reading Program financially, and it is time for the clubâs biggest fundraising event of the year.
The 8th Annual Legends Concert will take place on tomorrow night at the Mary Holmes Campus Gym.
The future of Mississippiâs health care is not certain.
Itâs an issue that has many facets, and everyone will likely be affected by the Affordable Healthcare Act whether it be negative or positive.
Tim Moore, Vice President for Community Hospitals with the North Mississippi Health Services attempted to shed some light on the impact of AFA and the issue of Medicaid expansion at the Thursday meeting of the West Point Rotary Club.
âWhen we talk about Medicaid expansion and the ways that hospitals are funded, itâs a very complicated matter,â Moore began.
If West Point ever suffers another economic blow, you can bet it wonât be coming from longtime construction company Ellis Steel. No, Ellis Steel President Frank Hopper said Wednesday that Ellis Steel is going strong and Ellis Steel is here to stay.
But how has the manufacturer of steel structures been able to thrive nearly 90 years, especially in todayâs tough economic situation? Well, Hopper said, the biggest reason the company is doing so well is the dedicated, hard working team of 175 people, who continue daily to give the company all they have.
Itâs definitely trying times for the city of West Point, which continues to get hit with news of industries closing up shop â Now one more local company officially announced Wednesday that itâs shutting its doors.
Following a August 2011 announcement from Blazon Tube that it would potentially be going out of business, the management team of Leggett & Platt announced this Wednesday that Blazon Tube of West Point is slated to end production April 1.
R. H. Brownâs voice is one of the most recognizable in north Mississippi.
He preaches the word from the pulpit at his West Point church, and he is a master at relaying stories of human interest for WCBI out of Columbus.
On Wednesday, he was the keynote speaker at West Point High Schoolâs Black History program.
That distinct voice and his unique dialect comes from his birthplace on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
Grocery shopping these days is turning out to be a really dreadful task for many local consumers all because of one very evident thing â a rise in food prices.
While shopping Tuesday afternoon in Walmart, Clay County resident Souzen Steelhammer said she, like so many others, is having to reconsider the way meals are cooked at home and is having to bypass certain foods that just donât meet the budget.
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.