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April 4th, 2014

‘Buddy Bench’ to help foster CH friendships

April 4, 2014

BY Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A colorful new bench has been installed at Church Hill Elementary in an effort to combat loneliness among the students and foster friendships.
Church Hill Guidance Counselor Leslie Scott first read about the Buddy Bench, an idea created by a Pennsylvania second-grader, on social media and thought it would be a perfect addition to Church Hill.
“Two of the main things I teach are respect and empathy, and the Buddy Bench perfectly ties into both,” Scott said.

Man arrested in connection with shooting

April 4, 2014

DTL staff

West Point police have made an arrest in connection to an alleged shooting incident March 24 in the Dollar General parking lot on Highway 45 North Alternate in West Point.
According to a statement issued by the West Point Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Dollar General last week after a dispute inside the store reportedly resulted in shots fired. Store surveillance footage showed group of unidentified men — some investigators believe to be juveniles — gathered in the parking area, where one allegedly opened fire on an unoccupied vehicle.

April 3rd

Local students to graduate from D.A.R.E. program

April 3, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Fifth grade students from Oak Hill Academy and West Point Central School will be graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at 9 a.m. today at the Clay County Civic Center.
Former Mississippi State Bulldog and Green Bay Packer tight end Donald Lee will speak at the program, along with D.A.R.E. officers from Memphis.
West Point Police Department D.A.R.E. Officer Zate McGee said that about 300 students will be graduating from the program with some 270 students from Central School alone.

April 1st

Five injured in Oktibbeha County nightclub shooting

April 1, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

An Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department investigation is ongoing to determine what caused an early Sunday morning nightclub shooting that injured five people.
OCSD Commander Brett Watson said deputes responded to a shooting incident at Club Rock on Rockhill Road, north of Starkville, at 2:22 a.m. Sunday. He said five victims were injured, one critically, in the shooting, which occurred in the night club's parking lot.
OCSD would not identify the victims injured in Sunday's shooting.

City OKs breaker purchase

April 1, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen accepted a bid for four new circuit breakers for the Bryan electric substation during a special-called meeting Friday at City Hall in West Point.
The board accepted the bid from Garner Lumley Electric Supply in Hattiesburg and the cost of the circuit breakers will be $89,128.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said normally expect the price on those to come between $22,000 and $24,000 each and that the cost of these circuit breakers was on the lower end.

Crews begin Captain D's work

April 1, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Seafood lovers rejoice. The site for the new Captain D's on Highway 45 South in West Point is being prepared for construction to begin. The target opening for the restaurant is July, according to Keith McBrayer, one of the owners of the West Point Captain D's. Heavy equipment is rolling in and the property is being staked for clearing and construction.

March 31st

Teachers, OHA to part ways - Community rallies to support long-time educators Rives, Hughey

March 31, 2014

Oak Hill Academy will part ways with two long-time educators after this school year.

Elementary Principal Jane Rives’ contract is not being renewed and girls’ basketball coach Stan Hughey is resigning. Oak Hill Headmaster Yandell Harris said that neither Rives nor Hughey were fired, and it was not an issue of budget.

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Supervisors stress burn etiquette

March 31, 2014

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is encouraging residents to dial 911 before doing any burning in the county.

At Thursday night’s supervisor’s meeting District 3 Supervisor R.B. Davis said that residents should dial 911 and let first responders know where and when they’ll be burning to save Clay County Volunteer firefighters from having to respond to them unnecessarily.

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West Point First Presbyterian EPC Church welcomes new pastor

March 31, 2014

Rev. Brandon Bates is leaving his hospice ministry in the Flowood/Ridgeland area and moving to West Point to pastor First Presbyterian Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Rev. Steve Davis retired from the ministry and left the First Presbyterian Church without a pastor. Bates held the position of chaplain for PaxHospice in Ridgeland for the past two years. He has preached regularly throughout the Central South Presbytery while teaching periodically as adjunct faculty at Belhaven University.

March 28th

H & R Block raises funds for WP Relay

March 28, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The fourth annual H & R Block bake sale to benefit Relay for Life hopes to continue its record of exceeding the amount previously raised. The first year of the bake sale raised $243, the second year over $400 and last year $900 was donated to Relay for Life by Team H & R Block, according to Libby Montgomery, H & R Block associate and cancer survivor.

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