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Officials stressing New Year’s safety

December 31, 2014


The stress of Christmas shopping has passed, and many citizens may now look to cut loose and blow off some steam on New Year’s Eve. Local officials urge residents to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
Fireworks are one of the time-tested traditions of New Year’s, though West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said discharging fireworks is illegal inside the city limits.

December 30th

Former OHA coach Hughey dies

December 30, 2014


The West Point community was left reeling Sunday, when longtime former Oak Hill Academy girls basketball head coach Stan Hughey was discovered dead in his home.

December 29th

Details emerge on Hughey death

December 29, 2014

DTL staff

More details are emerging on the death of former Oak Hill Girls Head Basketball coach Stan Hughey.
According to a statement issued by West Point Police Department, officers conducted a welfare check about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at a residence at 3080 Lone Oak Drive in West Point after the homeowner had posted a suggestive post to social media.
Upon arrival, police discovered a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. A medical examiner later pronounced the victim dead at the scene. A shotgun was recovered near the victim, as well as a note, according to the statement.

Weapon sale could benefit officer safety

December 29, 2014


Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott is looking for ways to ensure deputy safety on a budget, and a 60-year-old donation to the department may be just what he needs.
The department, through the county, is auctioning off a sub machine gun, likely used in World War II according to Scott, a resident of Clay County donated to the department in 1945. The weapon, a Maguire Industries .45 caliber auto sub model 28AC manufactured in 1936, has been in storage at CCSD since that time but could be of better use.

Passionate Pursuit set to host first 2015 hunt

December 29, 2014


Passionate Pursuit Ministries will host its first hunt of the year on Jan. 11, and volunteers with the group will to continue to minister to citizens through outdoor activities.
Passionate Pursuit volunteer and West Point firefighter Allen Flynt said the day will begin with worship service at 10 a.m. at the Refuge on Highway 45, followed by a pot luck dinner and then the hunt.
He said the group typically does about 10 official hunts per year for underprivileged or disabled citizens.

State honors former rep

December 29, 2014


West Point native David Gibbs served as District 36 Representative for 21 years before he died in January 2013. This year Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill designating a section of Highway 45 in Clay County in Gibbs’ honor.
Mississippi Legislature voted unanimously to pass the bill in February, and Bryant recently signed the bill. The section of Highway 45, from Highway 50 to the Monroe County line, was named Representative David Gibbs Memorial Highway.

Former OHA girls coach Hughey passes away

December 29, 2014

East Webster girls head coach Head Coach Stan Hughey died on Sunday.
The news was confirmed by Oak Hill girls and boys basketball Head Coach Brian Middleton to Daily Times Leader sports reporter Will Nations. Middleton also said that Columbus Christian athletic director Greg Watkins canceled the Columbus Christian Christmas Tournament, an event East Webster and OHA were slated to participate in on Monday and Tuesday, out of respect for the coach’s passing.
Hughey was the Oak Hill Lady Raiders’ head basketball coach for 18 years before leaving the position in April.

December 26th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

December 26, 2014

When the holiday celebration is over you don't have to let the good taste go to waste! There are a few creative ways to recreate new tasty dishes with remaining food. Here are some tips and tricks to makeover holiday leftovers.

December 24th

West Point’s very own Santa

December 24, 2014


West Point native Jim Crum may not be the real Santa Claus but he spends his time doing Santa’s work in the community.
Just about any time a West Point or Clay County resident sees a jolly old elf with a long white beard during the holiday season, that beard probably belongs to Crum. He said he started playing Santa in 2001 after a chance encounter at a supermarket.

Juveniles arrested in shooting

December 24, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department investigators have made two arrests in a weekend shooting incident that left two people injured.
Police apprehended Tommie Earl Malone, 16, and Tyron Cortez Coleman, 16, both of West Point, Wednesday evening in connection to the incident, according to a WPPD statement to media. Both Malone and Coleman were charged as adults on counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

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