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August 25th, 2010

Gifts galore as festival nears

August 25, 2010

The official celebration doesn’t happen until next weekend, but the gifts are already rolling in.
This year marks the 100th birthday of Chester A. “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett, and for Howlin’ Wolf Museum director Richard Ramsey, the birthday gifts have been overwhelming with the 15th annual Howlin’ Wolf Festival looming in just over a week.
“As the festival gets closer, it’s picking up more and more steam,” said Ramsey on Wednesday. “We’ve had local people donate items to the museum, we’ve had donations come from Minnesota, Chicago, Europe....You name it, we’ve gotten it.”

County gets grant to renovate building

August 25, 2010

Clay County qualifies for the Small Municipality Limited Population County Grant from the Mississippi Development Authority, which will be used in the restructuring of the old Daily Times Leader building into a public service building for District 4.
The grant allows Mississippi counties with a population of less than 30,000 people up to $100,000 to be used for the improvement of a downtown area or public building. The Clay County Board of Supervisors chose the old DTL building for the project to be used as a voting precinct and training center for District 4 county employees.

Annual rodeo benefits area children

August 25, 2010

Helping children grow and reach their full potential was the purpose of the West Point Fire Department’s and Lummus Rodeo Production’s Annual Benefit Rodeo for the Junior Auxiliary of West Point held last Friday and Saturday.
More than 1,500 spectators came out to enjoy two nights of bareback riding, calf roping, games, food and fun. The fire department and Lummus Rodeo Productions raised $4,500 for the Junior Auxiliary, $500 more than last year.

Cooking school to open this Fall

August 25, 2010

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook but didn’t know where to turn, then West Point’s new cooking school will give you the tools you need to be a master in the kitchen.
Culin Arts owner Valeda Carmichael and Le Cordon Bleu graduate and chef Matthew Molina have teamed up to create Palate Panache, a cooking school slated to open in October for beginners to those who just want to try something new. Work on the school has already began and will be located next to Culin Arts.

Progress being made at Main Street site

August 25, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being put back into the city of West Point by allowing Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District to repair the bridge on Highway 50, money that may be used for other street projects.

August 24th

West Point’s week three game vs Columbus cancelled

August 24, 2010

West Point High School’s football game at Columbus high, scheduled for Sept. 3, has been canceled according to Steve Montgomery, Superintendent of West Point schools.
The cancellation stems from an issue with the MHSAA and the addition of a game against Mainland Fla., which takes place this Friday. In April, West Point officials applied for permission to add Mainland to the scheduled, giving West Point 12 regular season games, which is one over the allowed number of 11.

A sweeping success

August 24, 2010

What a day it was in West Point Saturday with over 200 dedicated volunteers working together to make the city look its best in the First Annual Big Tidy Up.
City and County leaders teamed up with the Clean Up committee of the West Point/ Clay County Growth Alliance to lead the clean up efforts.
Several families worked together to get Catherine Bryan Preschool in tip-top shape and everyone, including the kids, enjoyed it, said Community Director for the Growth Alliance Martha Allen.

West Point says no to loan companies

August 24, 2010

New pay day and title loan companies wishing to start business in West Point are facing a moratorium until the city can make further decisions on whether or not these lenders should be permanently banned from the city.

August 21st

WPHS football game vs. Columbus canceled

August 21, 2010

West Point High School's football game at Columbus high, scheduled for Sept. 3, has been canceled according to Steve Montgomery, Superintendent of West Point schools.
The cancellation stems from an issue with the MHSAA and the addition of a game against Mainland Fla., which takes place this Friday. In April, West Point officials applied for permission to add Mainland to the scheduled, giving West Point 12 regular season games, which is one over the allowed number of 11.

August 11th

Veto upheld at city board meeting; Shelter decision delayed

August 11, 2010

Two major actions highlighted Tuesday night's meeting of West Point's Mayor and Selectmen.
Near the end of the two-hour meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, where the board majority attempted to overturn a veto by Mayor Scott Ross that reinstated Electric Department Superintendent Dwight Prisock and City Administrator Randy Jones.
Prisock and Jones were fired by the board at its regular July meeting, by a vote of 3-2 with selectmen Homer Cannon, Jasper Pittman and Charles Collins voting for the duo's dismissals.

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