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April 29th, 2014

MSU Extension Services celebrate 100 years

April 29, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi State Extension Service is celebrating 100 years providing service to the people of Mississippi in May.
Clay County Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said the extension office will be setting up displays in the county to celebrate the centennial.

Weekend wreck injures two

April 29, 2014

DTL staff

A two-car collision occurred Friday night in Clay County, leaving two West Point residents seriously injured.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said the accident happened about 10:45 p.m. Friday on Highway 45 Alt. at the Tibbee bridge.
According to Turnipseed, 48-year-old Louis Chandler, of Pontotoc, was driving a 2005 silver Ford F-150 truck and traveling north in the southbound lane of Hwy 45.
Chandler collided with 28-year-old Joana Hardwick, of West Point, who was driving a 2006 cream-colored Chrysler.

April 28th

BREAKING: West Point, Clay County schools close for weather

April 28, 2014

DTL staff

Due to severe weather concerns in the area, all of West Point School District schools, as well as Clay County Elementary, Oak Hill Academy will dismiss students at noon Monday.
Hebron Christian School in Pheba will dismiss students at 1 p.m.

Residents are urged to keep a close eye on changing weather conditions throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday. Watch for developments at dailytimesleader.com.

April 25th

EMCC recognizes local industry at luncheon

April 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

East Mississippi Community College hosted its 25th annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon Thursday at EMMC’s Golden Triangle Campus in Mayhew.
The luncheon was to honor business and industry partners from the Golden Triangle and East Mississippi region. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was the keynote speaker for the event.
Reeves said he talks to residents in other parts of Mississippi who don’t fully grasp why so many companies in the last 10 years have chosen to locate in the Golden Triangle.

Firefighters undergo Hazmat training

April 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Local Emergency Planning Committee authorized a study in April to examine the transport of hazardous materials throughout the county.
The study was funded by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and examined each major road, waterway, railroad and pipeline and found that Clay County has significant exposure to hazardous materials flow, with more than 500 trucks traveling through the county each day on average.

Rotary honors Harrell

April 25, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Rotary Club is working to make certain the memory of selfless spirits does not go unnoticed. During a special program Thursday at the Ritz Theater and Conference Center in West Point, the club bestowed its highest honor — a Paul Harris fellowship — to the family of James Harrell.

April 24th

‘Stuffed With Love’ campaign aiming to bring in 500 toys for first responders

April 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Brownies from Troop No. 23169 are hosting a stuffed animal drive from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Kroger parking lot in West Point as part of its Stuffed With Love campaign.
Troop Leader Jennifer Harper said the troop, which consists of second-and third-grade girls, has a goal to collect 500 stuffed animals. The troop will then donate these toys to the West Point Police Department and West Point Fire Department.

CCS to host community yard sale

April 24, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Community Counseling Services (CCS) in West Point is working to spread the word and end the stigma associated with mental health issues.
CCS will host its third annual community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the Pass It On parking lot at 407 W. Main St. in West Point. The sale is open to resident participation, and CCS department directors will be on hand to join in the fun as well as answer any questions about CCS services.

OHA staff search winding down

April 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill Academy is nearing the final stages of its search for a new elementary school principal and new girls’ basketball coach.
The new hires are to replace Oak Hill elementary principal Jane Rives and basketball coach Stan Hughey. Rives’ contract was not renewed for the next school year and Hughey resigned.
Oak Hill Headmaster Yandell Harris said he couldn’t discuss the specifics as of Wednesday but that the school hopes to announce its new elementary principal by May 2.

April 23rd

Region suffers from copper theft; AG meets with surrounding states

April 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood met with attorneys general from Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana April 14 to discuss the growing concern of copper theft — a familiar concern to West Point and Clay County.
Hood said in a press release that copper thieves are costing farmers and business owners tens of thousands of dollars.
“Due to high metal prices, metal of any kind, from cars on the side of the road to implements in the field, is being stolen at an alarming rate,” Hood said.

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