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July 15th, 2014

PBBF prepares to take blues fest in new direction

July 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

As the 19th annual Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival draws near, the Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF) has begun preparing local volunteers for the event.
The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 — just prior to the annual Prairie Arts Festival — at Community Counseling Services, formerly Mary Holmes College, in West Point.
The lineup for this year’s festival is headlined by Texas Blues artist Carolyn Wonderland and George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners.

Roby pleads guilty to murder charge

July 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Natisha Roby, of Macon, plead guilty to 2nd degree murder for her involvement the October 2012 death of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge Lee Howard sentenced wRoby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Howard said that Roby initially entered a plea of not guilty, but while the jury was in recess she changed her plea to guilty. Howard then released the jurors as they were no longer needed for sentencing.

July 14th

Local youth earn grants for Clay County nonprofits

July 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Area nonprofit organizations are receiving a helping hand from some of Clay County's young citizens.
The Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation (NEMYF), a subsidiary of the CREATE foundation, seeks to engage the state's youth in the greater 17-county region in philanthropic work -- cultivating leadership skills and fostering a passion for volunteerism and caring about one's community in junior and senior high-school students.

City to host homebuyer workshop

July 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city will be hosting a free homebuyer education workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said the Mississippi Home of Your Own program, a division of the Institute of Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will provide training.
The city hosts the workshop every year and had already had one in January, according to Ryland, but she said she's gotten so many calls from citizens that she requested to do another.

Music Time program draws new crowd

July 14, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Hannah Garbutt has a passion to share her love of music with children. During her three years of employment with the Bryan Public Library in West Point, she had an idea to teach a music class. After approaching Tanna Taylor, library director, she was given the go – ahead to add Music Time with Miss Hannah (MTWMS) to the Summer Reading Program this year. The Clay County Arts Council stepped up and donated all the sheet music and supplies to help the program get started.

Circuit court begins today

July 14, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Circuit Court term for July begins Monday, and judges will see more than 120 cases during the two-week session.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said this term will be less hectic than the April term, which was a grand jury term with 261 cases, however it will still entail a lot of work.
"We won't have as many cases, but getting the jurors in and out and transferring prisoners will keep us pretty busy," Scott said. "We normally have 120-30 cases so this is business as usual."

July 11th

AD: Scoreboard complete before first home game

July 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

All towns have public figures. In West Point, Chris Chambless is considered by many to be one of those figures as athletic director and head football coach at West Point High School.
Chambless, the WPHS football head coach since 2006, addressed the West Point Rotary Club about ongoing projects and news about Green Wave athletics Thursday at the Ritz Theater. The main focus of the talk centered on the new scoreboard that will be erected at McAllister Field at WPHS.

WPHS holds summer commencement

July 11, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

For the first time since 2010, West Point High School held a summer graduation ceremony Thursday to recognize seniors who had not completed all requirements by May graduation, but were successful in completing the necessary work during summer school. In all, nine WPHS students participated in the summer commencement ceremony. Fourteen graduated overall.
“Having these students graduate is so very important,” WPHS Principal Jermaine Taylor said. “We want to provide our students with everything they needed to finish high school.”

County approves new LINK deal

July 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a new services agreement with Golden Triangle Development LINK at its meeting Thursday in West Point.
The West Point Board of Selectmen voted to approve the contract at its meeting Tuesday, and agreed to pay half of the annual service fees, which total $350,000 a year.

July 10th

Burglaries remain concern, priority for West Point officers

July 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Burglaries continued to be one of the main problems that troubled West Point Police Department investigators during the past month, and WPPD asks all residents to keep a check on their valuables.

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