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January 29th, 2015

Local schools to compete for scholarships

January 29, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

East Mississippi Community College will host its eighth annual Scholar’s Olympiad Friday at the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew, and two West Point schools will participate in the competition.
During the Olympiad, high school juniors and seniors from EMCC’s district will compete in academic, artistic and technical areas. The first-place student in each category will receive a $2,000 scholarship, with $1,000 for second place and $300 for third place. The school whose students give the best performance will also receive the overall school award.

Crime Stoppers aid local police

January 29, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader

The Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers (GTCS) are looking to get the word out that citizens have the option to report criminal activity while remaining anonymous and possibly receiving an award.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said GTCS was formed in 1991 and serves Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Monroe and Noxubee counties. He said Crime Stoppers provided a valuable tool to law enforcement.
“It has definitely helped us solve some cases,” Scott said. “We don’t necessarily get calls every day, but the ones we do get usually have substantial information.”

January 28th

Growth Alliance announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

January 28, 2015

DTL staff

With the 89th annual West Point Clay County Growth Alliance banquet scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.
The three 2015 inductees — Jackie Edwards, Bettye Jean Watson Swift and the late Jack King — were each longtime residents of West Point and recognized for service to the community.

Code Red system set for launch

January 28, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors finalized a contract with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District at its meeting Thursday to participate in the Code Red system. Now that the contract is in place, officials look to implement the system in February.
The Code Red system is a mass information system designed to enable local government officials to record, send and track personalized messages to residents within minutes.

WP, Clay addresses to change

January 28, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Addresses in the West Point and Clay County will change this summer as part of E911’s new mapping program.
Clay County E911 Director Treva Hodge said the county partnered with Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) to create a more accurate and informational addressing system. She said the new system was funded with a $250,000 grant from the state, and required the city and county to split matching funds.

January 27th

Officials address littering problem in Clay County

January 27, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Yokohama Boulevard officially opened last week and, according to local officials, litter has already become a problem on the new road.
Clay County District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said one of the most important factors in attracting new industry to the community was keeping the roads presentable.

New Immaculate Conception Catholic Church resident priest

January 27, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in West Point had been without a priest for almost seven years before Father Channapanna Reddy Basani accepted an invitation to become part of the West Point parish December 2013, by the Mississippi Diocese.

January 26th

Hebron Christian launches new service organization

January 26, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

PHEBA — Hebron Christian School in Pheba is home to the new Hebron Anchor Club. The club had its first meeting in December and installed officers Thursday night at the school.
The Anchor Club, a community service based organization sponsored by local Pilot Clubs, seeks to facilitate aid among homes, school and community through its student membership. The new Hebron chapter came as the result of those in local Pilot organizations.

County, YTMM look to begin road repair in spring

January 26, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With growth comes growing pains, and one of the pains residents may have dealt with during the dirt hauling process of the construction of Yokohama Tire is damaged roads. There may be an end in sight for residents, however, as the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to begin the process of repairing Barton Ferry Road, Town Creek Road and North Eshman Avenue at its meeting Thursday.

Court term comes to close

January 26, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man was sentenced to seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a drive-by shooting as the January Clay County Circuit Court term came to a close Friday.
Charles Saul, Jr., 22, of Grove Street in West Point, pleaded guilty to drive-by shooting and was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in MDOC with eight years suspended. Saul opened fire on two cars in June 2013, causing damage to both of them, according to the incident report. The drivers of the cars were not injured.

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