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April 10th, 2015

Highway Commissioner talks road improvements

April 10, 2015

BY WILLIAM B. CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The focus of Mississippi’s future should be on its infrastructure, according to Mississippi Northern District Highway Commissioner and congressional hopeful Mike Tagert. Tagert, who was the guest speaker at the West Point Rotary Club Thursday, outlined what he said was a positive legislative session for the Department of Transportation.
Tagert said that during the session, the legislature took a close look at the laws and rules relating to contracts, specifically what represents an emergency contractual arrangement.

Prairie man gets 20 years for sexual battery

April 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A Monroe County man was sentenced to 20 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections after being found guilty of sexual battery during the Clay County Circuit Court term Thursday.
Theodis Randle, 49, of Prairie, was charged with the March 2010 rape of a Columbus woman, and found guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial, and sentenced by Circuit Judge Lee Coleman Thursday. Coleman said that the maximum sentence for the offense was 30 years.

Clay County supes split on EMCC appointment

April 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to appoint former sheriff Laddie Huffman to serve on the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees at its meeting Thursday, which caused some disagreement among the supervisors.
The board originally voted to appoint Huffman at its Monday meeting, replacing Jim Murray, who serves as that board's vice chairman.
State statute requires the board of supervisors from each of EMCC's participating counties to appoint two members for the school's board.

April 9th

OHA headmaster leaving for Heritage

April 9, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After three years as headmaster for Oak Hill Academy, Yandell Harris will leave the school for a basketball coaching position at Heritage Academy at the end of the school year.
Heritage Athletic Director Barrett Donahoe said the Columbus private school hired Harris Friday to coach girls basketball and teach history. Harris had previously coached boys basketball for 25 years at Heritage.

DAR talks Constitution

April 9, 2015

By DONNA SUMMERALL

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their last meeting before taking a hiatus until September, Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in West Point.
“We are about to take our summer break before resuming our meetings in September,” Gaynell Duke, regent of the local DAR, said. “But we are very happy to welcome a new member. Jackie Breland White has presented herself for membership and her documentation of her lineage dating back to the American Revolution has been accepted.”

April 8th

West Point man sentenced for fraud

April 8, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man was sentenced to five years in Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) after being convicted of fraud during the Clay County Circuit Court term Monday.
John L. Hunter, 54, of West Point, was convicted on three counts of fraudulent use of ID, after using another individual's Cadence Bank debit card at Kroger and Walmart in September 2013.

Author shares story of first book in her hometown

April 8, 2015

By DONNA SUMMERALL
life@dailytimesleader

Elizabeth Gowhari, author of “Place of No Return” brought her first novel to Luncheon With Books Tuesday at the Bryan Public Library in West Point. Gowhari is best remembered by her friends and classmates in West Point as Ann Hill. After graduating from West Point High School and Blue Mountain College, Gowhari and a friend headed for Los Angeles, California.

April 7th

Mt. Hermon celebrates Good Friday

April 7, 2015

By DONNA SUMMERALL
life@dailytimesleader

In the spirit of Christianity, 32 churches came together for Good Friday services at Mt. Hermon M.B. Church in West Point to celebrate the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ before the resurrection and culmination of the covenant the following Sunday.
Each minister took one of the last seven sentences uttered by Jesus while on the cross. The Rev. Quincy Patterson of Gospel Temple M.B. Church began with “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” Luke 23:34.

Clay County Courthouse to receive new flagpole

April 7, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Courthouse is in store for a new flagpole, after the previous flagpole was hit by a truck during the February winter weather. District 5 will donate a new pole, which the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to accept at its meeting Monday.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the county will use inmate labor to install the new pole, which would also include a new flag.

Circuit Court begins this week with several big cases

April 7, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The April term for the Clay County Circuit Court kicked off yesterday, and judges will see about 135 cases during the two-week term.
This week's court session will see the trial of Joshua Karriem. Karriem, 30, of West Point, was found not guilty of kidnapping during the October court term, however the jury did not reach a verdict on two other charges.

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