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October 2nd, 2014

Telephone scammers remain issue for Clay County residents

October 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Alleged telephone scams are a serious issue in West Point and Clay County, according to local law enforcement. Officials urge residents to be cautious when dealing with anyone over the phone, and to never give out their bank information.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said scams are an ongoing problem in the community, and lately calls have involved the alleged offenders telling elderly residents that their computers have been hacked.

Animal shelter hosts toilet prank fundraiser throughout October

October 2, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

It’s October and the tricks are already beginning. Local residents should be aware, or maybe beware, the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter will be visiting businesses and homes to deliver an unsightly trick to raise money for the treat of new plumbing at the shelter. No business or home in West Point is safe from the potty prank.

GTRA earns $750K grant, plans to expand

October 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) is looking to expand its services after receiving a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday.
According to a media release from GTRA, the Small Community Air Service Development Program grant was intended to help recruit new westbound air service to the area.
GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey said the grant is part of the airport’s long-term plan to grow its air service options for the communities in the Golden Triangle.

Region hospitals prepare for ebola possibility

October 2, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
and ZACK PLAIR
www.dailytimesleader.com

Local health care providers are doing their part to prepare for what could be a worst-case scenario: an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported Tuesday the first case of the virus, which had killed more than 3,000 in four West African countries and sickened more than 6,500 since March according the World Health Organization, was diagnosed in Dallas.

October 1st

Unity in the Community begins 'Minutes Matter'

October 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Beginning with this school year, each third-grade student who doesn’t score high enough on state reading tests will not be allowed to progress to the fourth grade. Local schools and officials are looking at a way to ensure all West Point students will be able to make the grade.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance’s Unity in the Community will partner with the West Point School District for the “Minutes Matter” project.

City begins airport sewer project

October 1, 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 Tuesday. The project is 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.
He said Perma Corporation, of Columbus, would be handling the project. The eastern parts of the property were added to the city’s sewer system earlier in the year during the construction of the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex, according to Jones.

Christmas parade plans bigger, better

October 1, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance is already making preparations for this year's Christmas parade, and Director Lisa Klutts said she hopes it's an event residents won't soon forget.
The parade, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, will feature a "Candyland" theme, and parade-goers may notice a few changes from the standard format.

September 30th

West Point CTC receives food grant; students to begin garden

September 30, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Career and Technology Center received a $500 grant from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to start a school garden.
The grant is part of the state’s Farm to School program to encourage serving locally-grown and locally-produced agricultural products in school meals, as well as the economic and health benefits of serving locally-grown foods.

County tax assessor prepares to collect

September 30, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents with delinquent personal property taxes may want to consider paying them, as Clay County Tax Assessor Paige Lampkin said she’ll be visiting those who haven’t paid by Oct. 17.
In Mississippi the personal property tax only applies to businesses, and taxes furniture, fixtures and equipment used to operate a business. Lampkin said there was about $9,000 worth of delinquent taxes in Clay County for 2013.

Police seek suspects in Texaco robbery

September 30, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department officers are seeking information regarding an alleged robbery.
According to a WPPD release, officers responded to a call just before midnight Friday to the Texaco station at 1404 Highway 45 North in West Point in reference to an armed robbery.

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