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June 18th, 2014

Young drivers cautioned

June 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi has no law to ban texting while driving for most drivers, however law enforcement officials maintain the practice has become a problem.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 400,000 impaired driving accidents across the country in 2012, with more than 3,000 deaths.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said texting while driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, but for everyone on the road.

June 17th

Tommy Terrific brings act back to BPL Summer Reading Program

June 17, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic is paying a second visit to the Bryan Public Library at 2 p.m. today during the Summer Reading Program in West Point. He uses jokes, magic and puppets to create a fun and entertaining learning experience.
“Everyone loved Tommy Terrific last year,” Dawn Richardson, children’s librarian at the BPL said.
“We were pleased to be able to invite him back to the library again. He is a wonderful entertainer who keeps the children’s attention with his non – stop brand of wackiness. He was a favorite performer last year.”

FUMC youth provides aid to Louisville

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local youth group took the time Saturday to travel to Louisville and assist those affected by April 28 tornadoes.
Seven youth and seven adults from First United Methodist Church in West Point cleaned up debris at two homes in Louisville, according to FUMC Office Manager Julie Gray. She said the first house belonged to an elderly couple, and the second belonged to a resident who ran an antique shop out of her shed. Gray said the sheds of both homes were demolished and the yards were littered with debris.

Gun holiday law soon takes effect

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County residents looking to purchase a firearm may want to wait until September, when Mississippi will offer a tax-free holiday for the purchase of guns and gun accessories.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2425 into law April 2, which will take effect July 1, giving Mississippi a tax-free holiday the first weekend in September every year going forward.
The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend will include tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.

June 13th

Haulers ask supervisors to scrap bond

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local haulers and members of the timber industry took the floor at the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday to ask the board to reconsider its proposed heavy-hauling ordinance.

County cuts drug court funds

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to stop funding the Clay County Drug Court at its meeting on Thursday.
The drug court is part of the 16th District Drug Court and has been in operation since 2011, and offers misdemeanor drug offenders an alternative to jail time through drug programs and testing. Without funding from the county, the court will have to cease operations.

June 11th

West Point School District approves purchase of new $179,119 scoreboard

June 11, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
and JOSH PRESLEY
www.dailytimesleader.com

The bright lights of McCallister Field will grow even brighter at the start of the 2014 football season.
The West Point School District board approved the construction of a new $179,119 scoreboard, which includes a video screen and two play clocks at its meeting Monday.
West Point High School Athletic Director Chris Chambless, who is also the head football coach, said he and the board have been discussing a new scoreboard for the past two months and believes it will create a better atmosphere at Hamblin Stadium in the fall.

FEMA sets up in Phillip’s Hardware

June 11, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials have set up shop at Phillip's Hardware on Highway 45 in West Point and are looking to provide residents with information on how to better prepare themselves for emergency situations.

Local officials urge ATV safety

June 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, more than 100 Mississippians have died as a result on ATV accidents since 2008.
The state has had more than 400 ATV-related deaths since 1982, 100 of those being children under 16. According to MDH, ATVs present unique dangers because they can reach high speed off the road where unpredictable conditions can cause collisions and rollovers.
Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H/Youth Agent Fran Brock said with statistics are alarming, and that ATV safety is more important than ever.

June 10th

WPPD searches for robbery suspect

June 10, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department investigators are searching for a suspect in connection with an alleged armed robbery Saturday evening at Internet Cafe on West Main Street.
According to a WPPD statement to media, the cafe business manager was approached as she locked the front door to the establishment at closing hours Saturday night. A suspect described as wearing black pants, a black shirt and black cap, allegedly took the manager’s purse — which contained two money bags holding an undisclosed amount of cash — and fled west, according to the release.

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