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July 7th, 2014

Selectmen to discuss yearly audits

July 7, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Board of Selectmen will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 Tuesday in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
One of the items on the agenda will be approval for the city’s 2014 fiscal year municipal compliance questionnaire. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said city has to complete the questionnaire every year for the city’s municipal audit.

Local sales revenues increase

July 7, 2014

MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point sales tax revenues were up slightly for the final quarter as well as the entirety of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the city’s sales tax revenue reports.
The city reported a total of $2,238,428.03 in sales tax collections for the year, up $128,098.15 from the $2,110,329.88 of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Overall, the city saw an increase of revenue each month, with the exception of last July.

July 3rd

West Point implements park policy

July 3, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
AND WILL NATIONS
www.dailytimesleader.com

The City of West Point has implemented an across-the-board policy to regulate scheduling for its parks. The policy will apply to all city parks, including Sally Kate Winters Park, Zuber Park, Marshall Park, Progress Street Park and the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.
As of Tuesday, citizens now must contact either City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Department to reserve the parks for use for functions and events.

Civitans discuss new fundraiser

July 3, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met at noon Wednesday at the North Mississippi Medical Center Education Room. Program Chair Alvin Quinn brought a Civitan International (CI) DVD for the club to watch during the meeting.
“Sometimes we get away from what Civitan means,” Quinn said. “Many of our members have never attended a district or international meeting and lose sight of what Civitan does outside of our area. The fun and fellowship we all share as part of the organization is our bond.”

Trial date set in capital murder case

July 3, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point woman will face trial in September on a capital murder charge.
The trial date for Brittania Smith, of 904 Hillside Park in West Point, was set at a bond hearing Wednesday at the Clay County Courthouse.
Smith, 24, was arrested on April 9 in connection with the December death of her 2-month-old son, Brinston Smith. According to the Mississippi Crime Lab, Brinston Smith allegedly died from a lethal dose of codeine and his death was ruled a homicide.

July 2nd

EMCC band hosts camp, offers scholarship chance to GT area student body

July 2, 2014

DTL staff

SCOOBA — The East Mississippi Community College Mighty Lion band is preparing to kick off the 2014-15 season, and it's starting with two summer band camps.
According to an EMCC press release, area students who wish to participate in the band must be prepared to attend one of two camps, a residential camp held Aug. 1-5 and a day camp held Aug. 12-15 at the Scooba campus.
Auditions for the EMCC band remain open through Aug. 1.
Students must be enrolled and registered for the band prior to the start of the first camp, and camps are mandatory for band students.

WPPD, CCSD clarify towing procedures

July 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

When a citizen is arrested in a traffic violation or stopped at a routine traffic stop only to find there’s an active warrant out on them, there’s always the question of what will happen to their car.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the West Point Police Department has received many questions about the department’s authority to have the vehicles towed. He said he wants the public to be aware that once a person is taken into custody, their property becomes WPPD’s responsibility.

Region hosts July 4 festivities

July 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

For most Americans, July 4 means family celebrations, barbecues, music, the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Clay County residents will have a couple opportunities to experience all of the above during this year’s July 4.
While West Point itself isn’t hosting any holiday activities this year’s holiday — as Old Waverly’s festivities are closed to the public — there will be opportunities to enjoy food, fireworks and live music in Starkville and Tupelo.

July 1st

WPPD takes over animal control

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Beginning July 1, the responsibility for West Point’s animal control enforcement will come under the control of the West Point Police Department.
Previously the city’s animal control officer fell under the banner of public works, but West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the animal control officer didn’t have the authority to enforce city laws. He said the city has run into issues with animal control throughout the years because the officer didn’t have the authority to make arrests and enforce city code.

Officials urge fireworks safety

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With the July 4 holiday coming up, many residents will be barbecuing, boating and shooting off fireworks. Local officials urge citizens to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that it’s unlawful to shoot firecrackers in the city limits. He said the West Point Police Department will be responding to calls about fireworks in the city and will be issuing citations to residents violating the law.

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