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February 12th, 2013

Public safety law should go into effect in July

February 12, 2013

Mississippi drivers who do not possess liability insurance on their vehicles may have to pay one way or the other starting July 1.
House District 37 Representative Gary Chism said on Monday morning that the Public Safety Verification Enforcement bill that he has supported for years is supposed to go into effect and if so will result in fines for drivers in the state that refuse to comply with purchasing the insurance.
In the event of a car accident, liability covers costs to the victim and that person’s property who is not at fault.

Gas tax proposal likely not to pass into law

February 12, 2013

House District 37 Representative Gary Chism brought a little relief to Mississippi drivers on Monday morning when he told Clay County citizens that a recently proposed gasoline tax hike would likely not pass into law.
“Republicans don’t believe in increasing taxes,” Chism told citizens at West Point’s City Hall. “But there are some Rhinos, Republicans in name only.”
Chism is speaking of Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner for Mississippi’s Central District and Hall’s proposal of a 10 cent increase on the already existing 18.4 cent tax drivers pay when they fill up their tanks.

WPPD receives digital fingerprint system

February 12, 2013

The old-fashioned method of getting fingerprints from an alleged criminal is fast becoming extinct, as most law enforcement agencies are turning to a quicker, more beneficial fingerprint collection system.
Just last week the West Point Police Department rolled out a new Cross Match Live Print Scanner, which automatically scans a person’s fingerprints without any sticky ink or paper involved.
West Point Chief of Police Tim Brinkley said for years the WPPD used the ink and roller to collect and process prints, but things are now changing for the better.

Noontime Tunes returns

February 12, 2013

Suzie Marshall (standing) and Susan Moore prepare to play this Wednesday at Noontime Tunes at the Library. The two will be accompanied by Hannah Garbutt, as they theme will be Love Songs in honor of Valentines Day week. Photo by Bryan Davis

Chism: Fate of Ed bill in Reeves’ hands

February 12, 2013

The Mississippi state legislature is right in the middle of its current 90-day session, and lawmakers like District 39 House Representative Gary Chism are developing a pretty good idea about which law will realistically pass and which will retire to the legislative graveyard in 2013.
Chism spoke to Clay County citizens on Monday morning at City Hall. The weekly Growth Alliance “Legislative Breakfast” event featured a healthy crowd of concerned citizens and local leaders.
The Republican gave insights on bills regarding education, taxes and insurance.

February 9th

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.

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