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November 20th, 2014

WP police switching to digital

November 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents with police scanners may notice a little less chatter on the airwaves when the West Point Police Department upgrades to digital radios, which it plans to do by the end of the year.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD would begin installing the radios next week and completely switch to digital by the end of December or early January. He said the cost of the radios totaled about $40,000, and was paid for mostly with city money though some grants were used, as well.

November 19th

City gets new garbage truck

November 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point received a brand new $153,937 Freightliner garbage truck Tuesday, and it was a much-needed addition, according to city officials.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city’s garbage trucks were all about 10 years old, and the necessary repairs had become too costly.
“It wasn’t a case of just wanting a new garbage truck,” Robinson said. “This was something that was really needed.”

CCS closes Sunnyside Antiques

November 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling through downtown the past couple weeks may have noticed that Sunnyside Antiques and Gifts on Main Street has emptied out.
Community Counseling Services owns Sunnyside, and CCS Chief Financial Officer Richard Duggin said the business and the program that supported it had ended.
“The Sunnyside program entailed buying old or damaged furniture and using it for our clients to learn how to do some minor repairs,” Duggin said. “The furniture they fixed was then turned around and put in the Sunnyside shop.”

Homeless children on rise

November 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It's something most people don't like to think about, and yet homelessness among children is increasing at an alarming rate.

November 18th

Laundromat gets significant remodel under new owners

November 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents looking for a spot to wash and dry their clothes have a new, or at least updated, option in the form of the West Point Laundromat.
Macon businessman Brad Guy purchased the former Coin-O-Matic laundromat on West Main Street about a month ago, and has been working to update and improve the facilities. He said he looked at opening a laundromat in West Point because he believed it would meet a need in the community.

Animal control issues improve

November 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the city hired Eric Davis as animal control officer. Since then, the West Point native has worked part time but was approved to become a full time officer by the board of selectmen Nov. 11.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Davis’ promotion was in anticipation of sending him to the law enforcement training academy in Pearl early next year.

November 17th

CCS looks to offer System of Care

November 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Community Counseling Services (CCS) looks to offer a new youth program in Clay County during the next year after receiving a $300,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.
CCS Clay County Administrator Stephanie Taylor said the grant will go toward setting up the Golden Triangle Area System of Care (SOC).
"The SOC is more of a non-traditional method of counseling," Taylor said. "It's about giving youth a voice and seeking their input on how they can do better."

Airport sewer expansion wrapping up

November 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point began a $170,000 project to add the McCharen Field airport to the city's sewer system on Oct.1, and the project is nearing completion.
The project was funded by a 90 percent Federal Aviation Administration grant, 5 percent from the state, and 5 percent from the city, according to West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones.

Christmas approaching in West Point

November 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

As November draws to a close, the Christmas season will rapidly take root in West Point, and the West Point Clay County Growth Alliance has plenty going to keep residents in the holiday spirit.

November 14th

VIDEO: Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame

November 14, 2014

There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

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