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February 9th, 2013

Honoring a great local activist

February 9, 2013

God knows what every community needs, and He knows exactly who to put there.
And over 60 years ago God brought local pioneer Louis Odneal to Clay County, but he didn’t know at the time that he would be an inspiration to hundreds and hundreds of people living here.
You see, the things that Odneal went through growing up during the Civil Rights Era prompted him to take a stance for fairness and equal rights for all African Americans and for all hard-working individuals.

Coggins-Davis becomes fifth Clay County native to enter race

February 9, 2013

The deadline to qualify for the March 12 special election set to fill the vacant seat in House District 36 is fast approaching.
Six candidates have now declared their intent on taking that seat, and five are from Clay County.
The latest to declare is Bobbie Coggins-Davis, who describes herself as family-centered and a servant of the people.

Rep. Chism to speak at breakfast

February 9, 2013

Mississippi District 39 House Representative Gary Chism will be this week’s guest at the Legislative Breakfast event on Monday.
Last week, the Growth Alliance kicked off the series of speakers who talk informally with Clay County residents at City Hall over breakfast.
Rep. Tyrone Ellis spoke on education and jobs last week, and expect Chism, a Republican from Lowndes County to speak on similar issues.
Chism represents portions of Clay County along with Ellis, a Starkville native.
The event will kick off at about 7:30 a.m. and will run for about an hour.

February 7th

Drug Court aims for $200K grant

February 7, 2013

Financial assistance is out there, but one just has to find it.
That’s a little easier said than done considering the fact that most grants for municipal or county projects are very competitive, whether that be nationally competitive or competitive in-state.

Wanted man surrenders to police

February 7, 2013

47-year-old Kenny Lang of Columbus surrender to the Clay County Sheriff Department Thursday morning, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott.
Lang was wanted by the Sheriff Department on a Clay County Circuit Court capias warrant for driving under the influence – third offense.
Lang’s bond was set at $5,000 and Lang bonded out by mid-afternoon Thursday.

February 6th

Conference approaches in suit against officers

February 6, 2013

The United States Northern District Court of Mississippi is proceeding this month with a lawsuit filed against two West Point police officers accused of assaulting and wrongfully arresting Clay County resident Gregory Brooks.
Brooks filed a lawsuit in September alleging that for no reason these two officers assaulted him and took him to jail after Brooks reportedly called officers out to his home to press charges against his sister for telephone harassment.

February 5th

Several damaged county roads to be repaired

February 5, 2013

Growing up in the country, many Clay County residents have pretty much become accustomed to traveling over bumpy, dirt and gravel country roads that don’t receive the regular maintenance they need to stay in tip-top condition.
But that doesn’t mean these travelers like having their vehicles beat up and bruised by roads heavy with dangerous potholes and roads that are very off level.

Police seeking information on stolen items

February 5, 2013

Over the past two weeks, the West Point Police Department Investigation Division has worked several burglary cases.
The Police Department’s investigators are tracking leads to some of the suspects in several cases investigators are currently working on. The Investigation Division does have information that some of the items related to the burglary cases have been sold. The Police Department is asking anyone who may have purchased any of the following items or knows anyone who has purchased them to please come forward.

February 4th

Board begins bond-issuance process for industry recruitment

February 4, 2013

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is taking the next step in the county’s goal of economic development growth by beginning the process of bond issuances in preparation for new industry to locate in Clay County.
Before unanimously approving the first phases of the process, the board heard Monday from Chairman of the Golden Triangle Development LINK Gordon Flowers, who advised the board that getting ready to issue bonds is the thing to do now so it won’t take long to receive funds that are needed for an industry project.

Easterling selected as interim prosecutor

February 4, 2013

After a three-two vote Monday morning, the Clay County Board of Supervisors selected local attorney Michelle Easterling to serve temporarily as Clay County’s prosecuting attorney.
The selection comes just days after former County Prosecuting Attorney Angela Turner-Lairy submitted her letter of resignation stepping down from the post after serving as prosecutor for five years.

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