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August 22nd, 2014

County unemployment drops

August 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

According to a report from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the unemployment rate for Clay County is down compared to last year.
The unemployment rate was 20.1 in July 2013 and, according to the report, is down to 18.1 for July 2014, and the lowest it has been since 2009.

August 21st

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August 21, 2014

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Jackson addresses Civitans, outlines activities at Dugan Memorial Home

August 21, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Jackie Jackson has been with Dugan Memorial Home in West Point for 14 years. She began her career at Dugan as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) in 2000. She was offered a position as assistant to the activities director. When the activities director resigned, Jackson was offered the position of activities director herself.

Crash closes West Point Hibbett

August 21, 2014

DTL staff

A Clay County man is in the custody of the West Point Police Department after crashing his Ford Explorer into the front window of Hibbett Sports Wednesday afternoon in West Point.
The man drove over the sidewalk and into the concrete and glass facade of the store a little after 3 p.m.
WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said no one was injured in the crash, and the driver was taken to the police department for questioning. The name of the driver was not released as of press time Wednesday.

Main Street road work finishing up

August 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point residents traveling on East Main Street have likely noticed crews working on the sewer lines in the street in front of Sunflower, and may be happy to know their detouring days are winding down.
West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said he expected the sewer line repair, a two-and-a-half month process, to be complete by Wednesday afternoon.
“There were a lot of unhappy residents that will be very happy we’re done,” Prisock said. “None of them will be as happy as I am.”

August 20th

Officials step up festival security efforts

August 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Prairie Arts and Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues festivals getting closer by the minute, preparations are headed down the home stretch. Festival coordinators and law enforcement officials have turned their eyes to one of the most important aspects of the weekend: safety.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director — and Prairie Arts festival coordinator — Lisa Klutts said the Growth Alliance works with the West Point Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department to make the event at Sally Kate Winters Park as safe as possible.

Cattlemen’s College comes to West Point

August 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) will host its 2014 Cattlemen’s College from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Town Creek Farm in West Point. The event is free, but requires registration, and will feature speakers and programs pertaining to a variety of ranch and farm related topics.
Clay County Mississippi State University Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said the MCA has hosted the college for the past two years, and this is the first one to be held in the Golden Triangle.

Two time escapee arrested in Indiana

August 20, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

A twice escaped Clay County inmate ended his latest stint on the run Monday night in Anderson, Ind.
About 7:26 p.m. Monday, U.S. Marshals arrested Marquis D. Boyd, 23, of West Point, following a brief car chase. He was booked at 7:50 p.m. into Madison County Detention Center in Anderson, Ind., where he was held without bond. Boyd was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Anderson.

August 19th

Henry Clay residents 'Step On It!'

August 19, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Step On It! is a program sponsored by Gentiva Home Health and Hospice to keep senior citizens moving and healthy. Gentiva Home Health and Hospice physical therapist Casey Clark introduced the Step On It! program to the residents of the Henry Clay Retirement Community in West Point Friday. The program encourages people of retirement age to maintain good health throughout their lives.

Mobile veteran center offers counseling

August 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Jackson Veteran Center Mobile Clinic will be on hand to provide counseling for local combat veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Walmart parking lot in West Point.
The Vet Center and G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center launched a collaborative initiative in March to reach out to veterans and their families and assist them in finding health care and other services.

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