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April 22nd, 2014

CCSD looks for information on missing Clay County man

April 22, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing West Point man.
Don Hodnett, 51, of 3819 Dan Walker Road in West Point was last seen Friday, April 18 at Clayton Village in Starkville.
CCSD is requesting anyone with information regarding Hodnett’s whereabouts call 494-2896.

Fraternity helps local food pantry

April 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local fraternity collected over 800 individual food items to help the needy in West Point and Clay County.
The Eta Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. accepted canned food donations for the Project Homestead of Clay County food pantry Saturday at the Kroger parking lot in West Point.
West Point resident and Eta Xi brother Rod Bobo said that members of the fraternity gathered in the Kroger lot from 9 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. and collected 843 items for the food pantry.

Grand jury issues indictments

April 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The April term for Clay County Circuit Court was also one of the county’s bi-annual grand jury terms.
Grand juries determine whether criminal charges are to be brought up against those charged.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said that during the April term the grand jury was in session for five days.
“Normally all the grand jury terms are busier because their cases are being added to the docket in addition to the other cases and a lot more jurors are coming in,” Harrell said.

April 18th

DAR addresses women’s health risks, prevention

April 18, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Wednesday afternoon at the Bryan Public Library. The DAR welcomed guest speaker Susan McComic, an RN at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point and the West Point School District, to impart information on women’s health issues dealing with heart disease.

Man sentenced for murder

April 18, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Charles Smith, of West Point, was found guilty of murder on Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
Smith was charged with the September 2011 stabbing death of Clay County resident Benny Oaks.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said the jury deliberated late into Wednesday evening.
“They jury deliberated for about three and a half hours and came back with a verdict at 8:45 p.m.,” Harrell said.

April 17th

Mt. Hermon preps for Seven Sayings service

April 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Mt. Hermon M.B. Church on Mayhew Street in West Point is preparing for one of its most well-received services of the year: the Seven Last Sayings of Christ service.

Local woman convicted on murder charge

April 17, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Shunbrica Roby, of Columbus, was found guilty of murder on April 9 for the 2012 stabbing death of Marcus L. Payne of West Point.
Clay County District Attorney Lindsey Clemons said that Roby was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
“The jury deliberated for three hours Wednesday before coming back with a verdict,” Clemons said. “They had the choice between murder or manslaughter and they came back with murder.”

State school officials propose district lines

April 17, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Education hosted a public meeting to discuss and approve school board member lines for the new school district Tuesday at the Clay County Courthouse.
The State of Mississippi passed legislation in September to consolidate West Point and Clay County School Districts into the new West Point Consolidated School District.

April 16th

Sturgis man arrested for sexual battery

April 16, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

STURGIS — Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested a Sturgis resident Monday afternoon on suspicion of sexual battery.
Deputies arrested 19-year-old Nathaniel Hatter for an alleged case of sexual battery against a female victim.
OCSD Sgt. John Davis said the victim is between 18 and 21 years old.
He said Clay County Sheriff's Department notified OCSD about the alleged incident, which occurred early Saturday morning near Sturgis.

Local committee working to restore Northside school for community use

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A group of West Point residents are trying to preserve an important cultural landmark in the community.
The Northside School Buildling Restoration Committee is in the process of renovating the former Northside High School on Fifth Street to use for community functions.
Northside School Building Restoration Committee Chairwoman Louise Terry said the project is supported by a Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation grant derived from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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