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October 28th, 2014

State wide tornado drill set for Wed.

October 28, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The week is Mississippi's Severe Weather Awareness Week, and each day will focus on different aspect of severe weather. Monday focused on thunderstorms, today focuses on flooding, and tomorrow will emphasize tornado safety.
A statewide tornado drill will be conducted tomorrow at 9:15 a.m., and local officials urge residents to participate in the drill with the goal of helping everyone learn life-saving rules.

October 27th

First Baptist Church early childhood ministries to host annual fall festival

October 27, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

First Baptist Church Early Childhood Ministries (FBCECM) is sponsoring the 12th annual fall festival from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at First Baptist Church in West Point. This year's theme is “Wild About God.” FBCECM holds the yearly event on the last Wednesday of October.

Police urge safety on Halloween

October 27, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Halloween is Friday, and local officials urge residents to enjoy the tricks and treats while also having a safe holiday.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said there will be extra deputies on patrol Halloween night, both due to the holiday and because of the football games occurring in the area. He said the Clay County Sheriff's Department would coordinate with the Mississippi Highway Patrol to handle the influx of traffic going through the county.

County Oks new well for Siloam

October 27, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors announced that the county was approved for a $426,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at its meeting Thursday. The grant will be used to construct a well for Siloam Water Association.
The new well will benefit more than 500 Siloam customers in west Clay County on Highway 46 near Pheba. The supervisors originally applied for the grant in May.

October 24th

Police looking for burglary leads in WP

October 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information on two burglaries and an armed robbery from the last month.
About 11:50 p.m. Sept. 26, officers were dispatched to the Texaco service station on Highway 45 North in reference to an alleged armed robbery. According to the incident report, the store clerk said an individual wearing black pants, a black shirt, gray gloves and a red head-garment entered the store and came around the counter holding a knife.

Volunteers turn out for United Way

October 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

United Way of Clay County hosted its Day of Caring and campaign kickoff luncheon Thursday at the Civic in West Point.
The Day of Caring began at 8 a.m. and saw representatives from local businesses volunteer their time at various United Way-sponsored agencies in town. Volunteers from Babcock and Wilcox, the West Point School District, the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance, Clay County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Delta Sigma Thi, North Mississippi Medical Center, Ellis Steel and Yokohama Tire went out in the community to help.

October 23rd

Golden Triangle Regional Airport conducts diaster drill

October 23, 2014

BY ALEX HOLLOWAY
Special to Daily Times Leader

A simulated mid-air collision scenario at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport drew first responders from across the region Tuesday morning to go through preparations for a worst-case scenario.
Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) holds such exercises once every three years to ensure local responders are prepared to respond to such an event if needed, said GTR Executive Director Mike Hainsey.

City eyes improving road conditions

October 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The improvement of driving conditions has been on the minds of city officials during the past few weeks.
The city received new traffic sensors for three intersections along Highway 45 courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the work doesn’t stop there. He said the city is also looking at improving visibility at certain intersections in town.

WPPD receives seatbelt grant

October 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department received a grant from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to go toward enforcing vehicle occupant restraints. The $5,000 grant will be used to pay officers who work overtime at safety checkpoints.

October 22nd

First Christian Church set for annual ‘sweet tater’ giveaway

October 22, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Daily Times Leader’s first “feature Friday” article on Facebook. “Feature Friday articles will appear in Wednesday editions, following inital Facebook only release.

Members of the First Christian Church in West Point are gearing up to give residents a little something sweet. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the parking lot of First Christian Church on Broad Street in West Point, volunteers will be giving sweet potatoes away — completely free — to the public.

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