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November 6th, 2012
Tuesday morning was busy for voters in Clay County. Clear skies made for a good early turnout.
Coming in the door to his precinct in the early-morning hours was John Jackson, a Civil Rights Icon in Clay County who led initiatives in the 1960s to integrate the local school system and secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
Now at 89, Jackson seems dismayed at the state of politics and the rise of division in America.
On Tuesday morning, Jackson spoke with Daily Times Leader correspondent Darlene Cox about the state of the union.
Poll workers are reporting steady lines of voters here in West Point today. At noon, just one set of workers at the Henry Harris Building, a voting precinct in West Point were reporting that nearly 300 voters had signed in a voted today so far.
In the picture, Kelley Nevels (left) and Britany Terry let voters know they are in the right place at the Henry Harris Building on Court Street.
Just so the voters of Clay County know, absolutely no Voter ID is required to vote in the election today.
There has been some apparent confusion around the state regarding Voter ID and whether it is necessary for voters to present a form of identification at the polls on November 6, 2012.
There is no law requiring such a presentation.
If you are a registered and eligible voter do not let the lack of an ID hinder you from exercising your right to vote today.
â€śChallenging, good, interesting and also rewarding.â€ť
These are just some of the adjectives Sandra Davenport, who has served as District 3 Clay County School Board member for two terms, used to describe her time as representative of West Clay Elementary School.
And now, with confidence in her educational arena background and community support, Davenport is aiming once again for another term to serve parents and students of the Clay County School District.
Josiah Coleman has a pedigree that runs deep with Mississippi law and politics.
He is the grandson of former Governor and Judge, J.P. Coleman and the son of retired Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Coleman.
He does not try to shy away from his family history. It's something that he's very proud of, but it's not the blood running in Coleman's veins that makes the 39 year-old law veteran believe he's qualified for the spot on the Mississippi Supreme Court that will be decided on Tuesday.
Ackerman native Tommy Coleman may be a familiar face to many in Clay County, having served 28 years as a Mississippi state trooper in this area shortly after moving to West Point in 1982.
West Point fire officials responded not once but twice Wednesday to 813 Fifth Street where the home of Ferdinand Sykes caught fire early that morning and again that same afternoon.
It was around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when West Point firemen first responded to a fire at the home and stayed on scene for over an hour trying to completely extinguish the flames. The home, which has now been condemned, was filled from door to door with clothing and other items that officials had to climb over and around to reach parts of the home that was on fire.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors and Starkville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a three-year contract Wednesday to enter a cooperative regional development entity consisting of Clay and Lowndes counties.
County representatives passed the interim agreement, which was amended last week, with full board support, while the six aldermen in attendance also unanimously supported the contract. Only Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins was absent from the meeting.
The hundreds that were gathered to watch the debut of the Prairie Belt PowerSite at the Civic on Tuesday night were treated to the debut of the site's movie that is now available for the world to see on the Columbus/Lowndes Development LINK's website.
Click the link below and it will take you there. Put yourself in the shoes of an international industry when you're watching the video for the first time. Many will be viewing it in several different languages.
Some big and powerful people filled the Civic Center on Tuesday night for the much-anticipated unveiling of the Prairie Belt PowerSite that economic developers hope one day will house a billion dollar industry and provide hundreds of jobs to people in this region.
Heidi Smith with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Steve Wallace with the Tombigbee River Valley Management Association and Jim Parker with the Mississippi Development Authority all spoke to the crowd that exceeded 300 people from the community and surrounding area.