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January 14th, 2015

Capital murder trial delayed

January 14, 2015

DTL staff

The trial of Brittania Smith has been pushed back to April, after Smith made a motion of indigency during this week's Clay County Circuit Court term.
Smith, 24, of West Point, was charged with capital murder in connection with the December 2013 death of her 2-month-old son Brinston Smith.

January 13th

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

January 13, 2015


Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm

Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

Locals to celebrate King with Monday ceremony

January 13, 2015

By Donna Summerall

The annual commemorative march and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 9 a.m. Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive with participants waving signs, carrying banners, singing and keeping the dream and the legacy of the slain civil rights activist alive. The march ends at Central School with the celebration continuing at the Center Stage auditorium. Churches, organizations and clubs were encouraged to bring banners to show their representation at the march, according to event coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones.

City looks to set new fire chief tonight

January 13, 2015


The West Point Fire Department has been without a chief since Johnny Littlefield stepped down in May, and city officials look to fill the position during tonight's board meeting at City Hall.
Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city's public safety office and West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones completed the interview process in December.

Local gets 20 years in MDOC

January 13, 2015


A West Point man was sentenced to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) during Monday's Clay County Circuit Court session.
Lonnie Roby, 38, of West Point, was sentenced to 25 years in MDOC for burglary of a dwelling with 15 years suspended, and 10 years for armed robbery. Roby pleaded guilty to the two charges and will serve both sentences consecutively.

January 12th

Pro Football Playoff Recap

January 12, 2015


Seattle 31 (13-4) vs

Carolina 17 (8-9-1)

Martin Luther King Jr. Black Tie Banquet slated for Friday

January 12, 2015

By Donna Summerall

The National West Point Alumni Chapter is sponsoring the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black Tie Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the U.F.C.W. Union Hall in West Point. The event is more than a tribute to King, it is a fundraiser for scholarships to help graduating seniors with college expenses. Last year's event brought in more than $6,000 for scholarships, according to Robert Smith, chairman of the alumni group.

More qualify for local races in ’15 primary

January 12, 2015

DTL staff

Names have steadily filled the books since Monday, when the Clay County Courthouse opened for the first time since the qualifying period for county elections began. As of about 3 p.m. Friday, six more Clay County residents had thrown their hats into the ring for various county positions on the ballot.

Murder tops Monday docket

January 12, 2015


A West Point woman charged with capital murder in the 2013 death of her infant son will begin trial tomorrow, the first day of the January Clay County Circuit Court term, according to court documents.
Brittania Smith, 24, of West Point, was arrested last winter after Mississippi Crime Lab autopsy results on 2-month-old Brinston Smith revealed the child ingested a lethal dose of codeine. His death was ruled a homicide.

January 9th

Weapon sale nets $25,000 for deputies

January 9, 2015


Clay County Sheriff’s Department deputies will soon sport some new gear thanks to a weapon sale which could bring the department more than $25,000.
The department closed out the bidding process on a 1936 Maguire Industries .45 caliber auto-sub model 28AC, otherwise known as a “Tommy Gun” likely used in World War II, Thursday. The winning bid came in from William McDonald of Newellton, La., at $25,600. It’s money Sheriff Eddie Scott said he intends to put to good use in the form of department issued weapons for deputies.

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