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October 20th, 2014
Mississippi Department of Education released its annual district accountability report card Friday, and while West Point schools made improvements in some areas, the district still has a way to go.
Overall, West Point School District again received a â€śDâ€ť rating, though all applicable schools â€” Central, Fifth Street, South Side and West Point High School â€” in the district scored a â€śCâ€ť rating. The official letter grade for WPHS in particular increased, up from a â€śDâ€ť rating in the previous year, according to the report.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The jury found a West Point man not guilty of kidnapping after a three-day trial to close out the October Clay County Circuit Court term. However, the jury did not reach a verdict on two other charges.
Joshua Karriem, 30, of West Point, was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with a July 2013 home invasion. According to court documents, two men allegedly entered the home of the victim and bound and gagged him in his kitchen floor while they robbed his house.
The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five ? all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.
Those planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing.
BY MARY GARRISON
In the not-so-distant future, a small U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan will get a little taste of West Point culture.
Scott Huffstetler, of Henagar, Ala., began sending care packages to his nephew Tony, now a lieutenant in a small, specialized unit of the U.S. Army dedicated to surveillance, during his first tour of duty in 2004 in Iraq. What began as just a few personal things, however, soon grew to something more.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Safety is one of the primary concerns for schools, and students in the West Point Career and Technology Center (CTC) have taken on a project to make the school buildings even safer.
CTC Vocational Director Patrick Ray said he learned about a project from a career and technology class at Muscatine Community College (MCC) in Iowa - a simple door-locking mechanism called â€śthe sleeve.â€ť
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The West Point Board of Selectmen announced the appointment retired city employee George Hinnant as the interim West Point Water and Light Superintendent at its meeting Tuesday.
The board voted to remove former superintendent Dwight Prisock from office on Sept. 10. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones served as interim superintendent until Hinnantâ€™s appointment.
Jennifer Hamby, of West Point, was sentenced to five years probation for forgery Tuesday during the October Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge James Kitchens initially sentenced Hamby to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, but suspended the sentenced because she had no prior convictions.
A Starkville man is facing a capital murder charge in the death of a Clay County child.
According to a statement issued by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested Charles T. Mullins, 18, of 734 New Light Road in Starkville on Oct. 9 on child abuse charges following an incident in Clay County the previous day.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said at 11:59 a.m. Oct. 8, 911 dispatchers received a call requesting ambulatory services in regard to an injured child at 9630 Griffith Road in western Clay County.
At a Tuesday press conference, Mike Slive announced that he will step down as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, effective July 31, 2015. Slive is the SECâ€™s seventh commissioner and has held the position since 2002, yet he told SECSports.com that recent health concerns have made him reevaluate his priorities. Slive said, â€śI have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first."