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June 8th, 2011
Thousands of dollars are being saved by the city of West Point with the use of propane auto gas in its police vehicles instead of gasoline, which is benefitting the environment and helping the city's economy.
The announcement came Wednesday about the conversion of eight 2009 West Point police cruisers from gasoline to bi-fuel propane from police chief Bobby Lane, assistant chief Avery Cook, mayor Scott Ross and Mark Denton, vice president of business development for Alliance AutoGas.
48-year-old Michael â€śShaneâ€ť McClure died Saturday night after allegedly being shot by his father, 69-year-old Walter Raymond McClure.
On Saturday around 11:22 p.m., West Point police officers were dispatched to the subdivision near Converse Dr. in West Point in reference to gunshots that were fired. Upon their arrival, officers encountered Michael McClure sprawled out across the driveway of 507 Converse Dr. with Walter McClure laying on top of him, according to Mike Burgess, head of investigations for the West Point Police Department.
One of Clay Countyâ€™s longest-serving elected officials passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon.
David Winfield, who was running for the supervisorâ€™s seat in District 5, a seat he held for more than 20 years, died Saturday from what was believed to be a heart attack.
The war veteran holds the piece of worn, tattered newspaper in his 90-year-old hands.
56-year-old Robert Jolly of Cedar Bluff died Monday night after being struck by an 18-wheeler traveling east bound on U.S. Highway 82 near the Montgomery/Webster County line.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jolly was standing in front of his 1996 Chrysler LHS that was parked on the northbound shoulder of the highway when the 2005 International 18-wheeler ran off the road and collided with Jolly's vehicle. The 18-wheeler was driven by 63-year-old Ben Cliett of Cedar Bluff, who was traveling east bound on Highway 82 around Pheba.
57-year-old Jane Morgan of Starkville is in critical condition after being struck Sunday morning by a vehicle traveling west bound on Highway 50 in Clay County.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports that Morgan was also headed west bound on her bicycle alongside another cyclist around 10 a.m. Sunday when a driver, 44-year-old Robbie Morton of Cedar Bluff, hit Morgan with her vehicle. Officials say Morton was not charged with anything, and the accident is currently under investigation by MHP.
Clay County was included Wednesday evening with the 36 Mississippi counties that were given a federal declaration for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
The declaration for public assistance comes just one week after the county was given a federal declaration for individual assistance to residents whose homes, businesses and other property were destroyed in last month's flooding and EF3 tornado.
President of the Mississippi Economic Council Blake Wilson visited West Point Wednesday and talked about the importance of keeping communities focused on the stateâ€™s economic development initiative and talked about the importance of education for community growth.
That smile is the first thing his mother brags about, and it's the first thing a visitor notices when he meets Harper Orman. That smile immediately takes hold of a room, makes Harper the center of attention, and brightens his mother's day.
â€śHe smiles more than any child I've ever been around,â€ť says Harper's mom, West Point native Brooke Bowen. â€śIt doesn't matter what's going on in my life, when I see that little man's smile, it just melts my heart.â€ť
The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen adopted a mutual aid agreement Tuesday that would allow the city to offer assistance to residents affected by disasters, such as tornadoes or floods.
Since Clay County was given a federal disaster declaration Monday, residents affected by the recent tornado are eligible to receive individual assistance for housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not paid for by the homeowner's insurance or another assistance programs.