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January 30th, 2013
Just like many people, Clay County School Superintendent Mae Brewer was sitting at home this weekend watching the news on television when all of a sudden the news anchor started talking about a proposal to abolish the Clay County School District.
Youâ€™ve got to admit it. Having a street, road or highway named after you is a pretty amazing honor and means youâ€™ve gone out of your way for the community and done something entirely remarkable for lots of people.
Itâ€™s something that makes your family smile every time they drive past the sign and something that the honoree can be proud of and humbled by whether theyâ€™re still living or have passed on.
Jeannie Johnson Staten declared her intentions to take House District Seat 36 on Tuesday, becoming the fourth person to announce candidacy for the vacant seat to the Daily Times Leader.
With an election such as this, there are many candidates who come from many different backgrounds, whether it be law, industry, education or something else.
Staten herself has 27 years of experience in the classroom.
A retired teacher, the Clay County native says she has always had a profound interest in politics and the legislature.
It will be quite a busy election year for the Clay County Election Commission, who has already presided over one special election this month and who expects to preside over two more special elections later this year.
One of those special elections will fall in November and will be held to fill the vacant seat of Clay County prosecuting attorney.
Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday issued a Writ of Election for Mississippi House District 36, setting March 12, 2013, as the election date to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. David Gibbs.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Feb. 11, 2013.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast in the special election, a runoff election will be held April 2, 2013.
The election will fill the House seat left vacant after the death of Clay County native David Gibbs earlier this month.
When Aberdeen native Roderick Van Daniel was a 17-year-old senior in high school he wondered curiously of what it would be like to one day serve the people of his hometown as a leader for the state of Mississippi. And fortunately for him he got a rare, up close and personal experience of the role of a state leader while gleefully serving as a page for former District 36 Representative David Gibbs.
The Growth Alliance conference room was packed on Thursday night with a diverse group of West Point/Clay County citizens, bouncing ideas off of one anotherâ€™s heads in an attempt to bring the community together.
This is not the first time Unity in the Community has met. The group has been meeting for almost a year, but Thursday nightâ€™s crowd was the largest in the organizationâ€™s short history.
The goal is simple. Unify the community.
If your driverâ€™s license is close to expiring, or youâ€™re planning to get one for the first time, youâ€™re going to have to get it somewhere besides West Point.
The office located by the 4-H Extension Service and the county jail has been closed until further notice.
Warren Strain, spokesperson for the Mississippi Highway Patrol said on Friday that â€ścomputer infrastructureâ€ť problems were the cause of the sudden closure.
â€śIt has to do with computer wiring,â€ť Strain said. â€śWe have to temporarily close the station until it is replaced.â€ť
So theyâ€™ve given their opening arguments, put witnesses on the stand, entered photos and materials into evidence and examined each and every person called to testify. But sometimes prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys need one last chance to convince the 12-member jury the defendant is guilty or not guilty of committing a crime.
Thatâ€™s where closing arguments come in.
Not many would argue that West Point is not one of the most artistically rich communities in north Mississippi.
It is not just the citizenryâ€™s love for art that drives events like the Prairie Arts Festival each fall. Itâ€™s the literal raw talent that so many in the community possess and express.
The unique blend of paintings, drawings, potteries, films, music etc. drive the love of art in this town.
It has also driven the West Point/Clay County Arts Council to start the first â€śArt Walkâ€ť in West Point.