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July 24th, 2014

Bench warrant issued for WP escapee Boyd

July 24, 2014

DTL staff

Judge Lee Coleman issued three bench warrants for defendants who were on the docket for the Clay County July Circuit Court term but didn’t show up for court Wednesday. A bench warrant authorizes immediate on-sight arrest of the individual who failed to appear.
One of the bench warrants issued by Coleman was for Marquis Boyd, 23, of West Point, who escaped from the Clay County Detention Center on June 11 and is still at large.

WPSD: Free lunch for all

July 24, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2014 – 15 school year.

July 23rd

City hires new animal control officer

July 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Since the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the search has been on for at least a part-time animal control officer for the city. Now the search is over, as West Point native Eric Davis, 24, was hired as West Point’s new animal control officer Monday.

Tax holiday begins Friday

July 23, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi has been enjoying a tax break on clothing and shoes the last weekend in July since 2008. Then Governor Hailey Barbour instituted the tax-free weekend to help Mississippi families afford back-to-school clothing for children ages pre-K through college. The time frame for the tax-free weekend is 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 25 through 12 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 each, qualify for the savings.

July 22nd

MSU excavation team leaves Israel amid military action

July 22, 2014

BY ALEX HOLLOWAY
Special to Daily Times Leader

A collaborative excavation trip to Israel between three universities, including Mississippi State University, got cut short as regional tensions between Israel and Palestine flared up again.
Mississippi State University’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology acted as the hosting institute as staff and students from MSU, the University of Wisconsin and State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase traveled to southern Israel to an archaeological site near the northern fringe of the Negev Desert, near the city of Be’er Sheva.

Felony cocaine charges lessened in court

July 22, 2014

DTL staff

Monday saw the beginning of the second week of the Clay County July Circuit Court term, and two of the cases on the docket were affected by a new Mississippi law.
House Bill 585 took effect July 1 after being passed into law by the Mississippi legislature in March, and has changed the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.

2 arrested in fundraiser scam

July 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged unlicensed door-to-door solicitation.
Jerry Gibson, 56, of Columbus, and Quinton Guido, 25, of West Point, were arrested Friday on contempt of court charges, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott. Scott said while the two were in custody they were identified by a victim of a recent solicitation scam, and charged with false pretense Monday morning.

July 18th

House fire kills two in Clay County

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Two adults were killed in a late night house fire in Clay County Thursday. About 11 p.m. volunteer fire departments responded to a structure fire on Dr. Sears Road, just north of West Point. Three adults and one child were reportedly in the home when the blaze began.
One adult and one child managed to escape to safety.

See more in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.

Local housing authority hosts second ‘stomp out bullying’ campaign

July 18, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Housing Authority (WPHA) sponsored a “Stomp Out Bullying” campaign with Safe Haven of Columbus Thursday at the WPHA building and community center in West Point. This was the second event of its kind with the WPHA and Safe Haven. Parents and children were invited to come and hear strategies for dealing with bullies.

West Point man pleads guilty to armed robbery

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Thursday’s Clay County Circuit Court session saw sentencing for three cases on the docket: Deshawn Rambus, Roger Shelton and Joshua Earnest.
Rambus, 23, of West Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, as well as possession of amphetamine. According to court documents, Rambus was arrested in April 2013 for possession of a .9 mm Beretta handgun which belonged to B & M Trading and Pawn in Aberdeen, and a .380 Smith and Wesson handgun belonging to a West Point resident.

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