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February 18th, 2015

City improves airport runway

February 18, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

As part of the city's continuing initiative to make improvements to the McCharen Field airport, crews have been busy clearing trees to allow lower-altitude landings on the runway.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the airport was under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restriction due to the height of trees at each end of the runway.

Ext. Service to offer pesticide disposal

February 18, 2015

DTL Staff

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will provide local farmers looking for an avenue to safely dispose of pesticides with the opportunity to drop-off their pesticide materials Thursday in Verona.
Clay County MSU Extension Service Director BJ McClenton said agricultural pesticides can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot of the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona.

February 16th

Fire Department looks to upgrade

February 16, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne has been the chief for about a month now, and his appointment necessitated a few other promotions, as well.
Reggie Gardner was promoted to battalion chief with the West Point Fire Department, Kenneth Wooten was promoted to sergeant and Heath Donahoo was promoted to driver.
Wilbourne said that it was a positive reflection on the WPFD that it's firefighters were prepared to move up.

WPPD to host third annual police ball

February 16, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is deep in preparation for its upcoming banquet. The fourth annual Police Ball is set to begin at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Civic in West Point.
WPPD Communications Officer and event coordinator Linda Mitchell said about 300 tickets were available for the event at $25 per person, or $185 for a table.
"We couldn't do this without the community," Mitchell said. "Everyone has been really supportive."

February 13th

SD makes burglary/larceny arrests

February 13, 2015

DTL staff

Clay County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested two suspects in connection with alleged grand larceny and burglary of a dwelling during the past week.
On Feb. 6, CCSD arrested Anthony Woods, 31, of 914 New Light Road in Starkville for grand larceny and malicious mischief. According to Sheriff Eddie Scott, the arrest stemmed from an alleged attempted theft of a four-wheeler from a residence in the county.

Lady Liberty comes to West Point

February 13, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local group is looking to make it possible for residents to experience a popular tourist attraction without ever having to leave town.
The West Point Community Foundation (WPCF) received the go-ahead from the city board Monday night to place a seven-foot aluminum Statue of Liberty replica at the entrance to the Kitty Dill Walkway on Churchill Road.
WPCF President Kenny Dill said the idea to put Lady Liberty in West Point had been floating around for about 30 years.

Arts Council to host beer and wine tasting

February 13, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The fifth annual Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting Event for the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter is from 6 – 9 p.m. with cash bar from 9 p.m. - midnight, Saturday, Feb. 21 at The Civic. Tickets are $25 per person. Appetizers will be served.

CCSWCD celebrates "Tree Planting Week"

February 13, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) is preparing to host their 2015 tree giveaway day from 8 a.m. until all the trees are gone, Friday, Feb. 13 at the back of the USDA Service Center in West Point.

City hires Water and Light manager

February 13, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city has operated without a full-time Water and Light Operations Manager since Dwight Prisock's dismissal in September. The West Point Board of Selectmen selected a permanent replacement at its meeting Tuesday.
The board unanimously voted Marion "Boodro" Marsac as the new full-time West Point Water and Light Operations Manager. Mayor Robbie Robinson said Marsac had worked with the Water and Light Department for about 25 years.

February 11th

Supes OK maintenance deal

February 11, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mindful of this year's election cycle, the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted on a new maintenance agreement for the county's voting machines at a recessed meeting Tuesday.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said the county's voting machines were purchased in 2005, and were prone to malfunction at times.
"They take out all the time, and with this year's upcoming election — which has the longest ballot of any in the four-year cycle — we need them all to be on point," Harrell said.

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