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April 5th, 2014

SKW honors child abuse awareness

April 5, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and local businesses, homes and cars are sporting blue ribbons in honor of children who have suffered abuse.
Sally Kate Winters Child Services Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said the theme of this year’s awareness month is “Look, Listen, Respond.”
“We’ve been hanging blue ribbons on businesses and doors to spread awareness and get people asking questions,” Usry said. “Blue was chosen as the color for the ribbons because it represents the bruises that a victim may suffer.”

City swears in new officers

April 5, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Three new officers with the West Point Police Department were sworn in Friday at City Hall.
New police officers Tyrone Haslett, Larry Boeke and Eric Johnson were sworn in by West Point City Clerk Delores Doss.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said there were more than 30 applicants for the police officer positions, which were narrowed down to 15 interviews.
“These were the ones we thought were best suited for the job,” Brinkley said. “We were impressed with their attitudes and maturity level.”

Growth Alliance prepares for 'Bunny Brunch'

April 5, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance and local Main Street Association are looking to keep West Point hopping.
Beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, the organization will host its first ever “Bunny Brunch” at the Henry Clay Hotel on Commerce Street in West Point. Local children and their parents and guardians are invited to come share in treats of doughnut holes and milk and meet the one and only Easter Bunny.

Brooks kicks cancer

April 5, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Alonzo Brooks has fought a few battles as a martial arts instructor, but none so important as his fight with nasal cancer.
“January of 2012, I was having trouble with my ear,” said Brooks. “I went to the doctor who thought I was young to be having hearing problems. He couldn’t find any problem in my ear so he checked my nose, and found a tumor. It was malignant. I was 36 years old”

April 4th

‘Buddy Bench’ to help foster CH friendships

April 4, 2014

BY Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A colorful new bench has been installed at Church Hill Elementary in an effort to combat loneliness among the students and foster friendships.
Church Hill Guidance Counselor Leslie Scott first read about the Buddy Bench, an idea created by a Pennsylvania second-grader, on social media and thought it would be a perfect addition to Church Hill.
“Two of the main things I teach are respect and empathy, and the Buddy Bench perfectly ties into both,” Scott said.

Man arrested in connection with shooting

April 4, 2014

DTL staff

West Point police have made an arrest in connection to an alleged shooting incident March 24 in the Dollar General parking lot on Highway 45 North Alternate in West Point.
According to a statement issued by the West Point Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Dollar General last week after a dispute inside the store reportedly resulted in shots fired. Store surveillance footage showed group of unidentified men — some investigators believe to be juveniles — gathered in the parking area, where one allegedly opened fire on an unoccupied vehicle.

April 3rd

Local students to graduate from D.A.R.E. program

April 3, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Fifth grade students from Oak Hill Academy and West Point Central School will be graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at 9 a.m. today at the Clay County Civic Center.
Former Mississippi State Bulldog and Green Bay Packer tight end Donald Lee will speak at the program, along with D.A.R.E. officers from Memphis.
West Point Police Department D.A.R.E. Officer Zate McGee said that about 300 students will be graduating from the program with some 270 students from Central School alone.

April 1st

Five injured in Oktibbeha County nightclub shooting

April 1, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

An Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department investigation is ongoing to determine what caused an early Sunday morning nightclub shooting that injured five people.
OCSD Commander Brett Watson said deputes responded to a shooting incident at Club Rock on Rockhill Road, north of Starkville, at 2:22 a.m. Sunday. He said five victims were injured, one critically, in the shooting, which occurred in the night club's parking lot.
OCSD would not identify the victims injured in Sunday's shooting.

City OKs breaker purchase

April 1, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen accepted a bid for four new circuit breakers for the Bryan electric substation during a special-called meeting Friday at City Hall in West Point.
The board accepted the bid from Garner Lumley Electric Supply in Hattiesburg and the cost of the circuit breakers will be $89,128.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said normally expect the price on those to come between $22,000 and $24,000 each and that the cost of these circuit breakers was on the lower end.

Crews begin Captain D's work

April 1, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Seafood lovers rejoice. The site for the new Captain D's on Highway 45 South in West Point is being prepared for construction to begin. The target opening for the restaurant is July, according to Keith McBrayer, one of the owners of the West Point Captain D's. Heavy equipment is rolling in and the property is being staked for clearing and construction.

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