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December 23rd

City, county offices close up for holiday

December 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With Christmas on Thursday, many local businesses and government agencies will be closing up shop for a few days in observance of the holiday.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said City Hall will be closed only on Christmas Day, and would resume normal hours Friday.
Jones said the Public Works Department would be closed Thursday, and will pick up Thursday's normal trash routes on Friday.

December 22nd

Dugan offers residents holiday cheer with annual Christmas celebration

December 22, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Dugan Memorial Home in West Point was full of Christmas cheer during the annual Christmas party Friday. Family and friends gathered with residents and staff to eat, distribute gifts and enjoy time together.
Jackie Jackson, director of activities at Dugan, said the staff starts planning the Christmas party before the end of November.

Yokohama Boulevard inspection complete; road likely to open by Christmas

December 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local officials look for Yokohama Boulevard, the four-mile road stretching from Highway 45 north of West Point to Barton Ferry Road, to open later in the week.
The $19 million road project was one of the conditions Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a plant in the area. The deadline set forth by the county's contract with Yokohama required the road to be complete by Dec. 31 and open Jan. 1.

Police urge holiday safety

December 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The holiday season has been a busy one, and with Christmas coming on Thursday, local officials urge citizens to stay safe while they engage in last-minute shopping or travel.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Christmas day itself was usually quiet inside the city and that it was the days leading up to the holiday that were more hectic.

December 19th

Sheriff’s Department faces increasing regional drug activity, loss of K-9 unit

December 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It's been a busy year for the Clay County Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff Eddie Scott.
Scott, who is serving his first term as Clay County Sheriff and is in his 15th year with the department, addressed West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point on the progress of the department.
Scott said the agency holds 23 licensed deputies in all, including part-time and reserve officers as well as a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent and school safety personnel.

County sets Siloam well engineers

December 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

About 500 customers of the Siloam Water Association in west Clay County are a step closer to having a new well. The Clay County Board of Supervisors selected Calvert-Spradling of West Point as engineers for the project.
Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Project Analyst Phylis Benson said the well project was part of the county’s $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and that the environmental review process for the well was near completion.

County strikes down new voting lines

December 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reject a proposed change in justice court and constable district lines at its meeting Thursday.
The Clay County Election Commission brought the proposal to the board at its Nov. 26 meeting in an effort to simplify the voting process in the county. The board hosted a public hearing on the matter Thursday in the courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.

December 18th

Clock tower carols drawing local attention

December 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With Christmas season in full swing, those traveling through downtown West Point may have noticed the Santas, snowmen and colorful lights in shop windows. An addition to this year’s holiday atmosphere has been Christmas music emanating from the clock tower of City Hall.
West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said many residents had asked her about potentially playing festive music in downtown during the Christmas Open House in November.

County school district audited

December 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor released Clay County School District’s (CCSD) annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 Tuesday, and in most areas the district was found to be in compliance.
According to Charles Shivers, an independent CPA hired by the State Auditor’s Office, the district’s bookkeeper initiates, prepares and enters all journal entries, and also reconciles all of the district’s bank accounts.

December 17th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

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