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June 19th, 2014

Independent film shot in WP debuts tonight

June 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

An independent film shot primarily in West Point will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. today at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
In Glenn Payne’s sci-fi thriller “Earthrise,” 99 percent of the human race lives on Mars, while the remaining few work to rehabilitate an Earth that has been ruined.
“Earthrise” was filmed over two weeks in the late winter of 2013 in West Point. Most of the shooting was done at an old dance studio on Broad Street across from the Clay County Co-op, with additional shooting at the Bryan Foods factory.

Old Waverly, MSU golf plan $2M project

June 19, 2014

For Daily Times Leader

Old Waverly Golf Club, one of the South’s premier golf destinations located in West Point, will become the new home to Mississippi State men’s and women’s varsity golf programs, the MSU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.
The Bulldog Club, the private fundraising arm of the Mississippi State Athletics, has partnered with Old Waverly on the $2.2 million project that includes a driving range, short-game area, putting green, plus a team clubhouse and indoor hitting bays. More than $1.3 million has been raised thus far.

LINK, EMCC partner on center

June 19, 2014

By KAYLEIGH SWISHER FEW
Special to Daily Times Leader

MAYHEW — A critical component in providing a top-notch education is having the facilities to do so.
That was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins' message at the organization's June luncheon meeting Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus.
At the meeting, Higgins outlined new plans to relocate and expand EMCC's Golden Triangle Campus workforce training program center.
The new Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) building would triple the number of bays from five to 15.

June 18th

Former inmate gives back to community

June 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man is turning his former life of crime into a motivational tool for young people in the community.
Dewayne White,44, spent more than 20 years of his life incarcerated, with convictions ranging from drug possession and grand larceny to burglary and aggravated assault of a police officer. Now, he wants to discourage kids from following in his footsteps.

Local 'Cinderella' production picks up momentum

June 18, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Cast and crew members have been working diligently on this year's West Point-Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
The show will debut Aug. 1-2 at Center Stage in West Point and brings together about 80 Golden Triangle residents in cast, behind-the-scenes crew and musicians. And while such a sizable local production can present its challenges, Director Ginger Fowler said she was confident everything would come together.

Young drivers cautioned

June 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi has no law to ban texting while driving for most drivers, however law enforcement officials maintain the practice has become a problem.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 400,000 impaired driving accidents across the country in 2012, with more than 3,000 deaths.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said texting while driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, but for everyone on the road.

June 17th

Tommy Terrific brings act back to BPL Summer Reading Program

June 17, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic is paying a second visit to the Bryan Public Library at 2 p.m. today during the Summer Reading Program in West Point. He uses jokes, magic and puppets to create a fun and entertaining learning experience.
“Everyone loved Tommy Terrific last year,” Dawn Richardson, children’s librarian at the BPL said.
“We were pleased to be able to invite him back to the library again. He is a wonderful entertainer who keeps the children’s attention with his non – stop brand of wackiness. He was a favorite performer last year.”

FUMC youth provides aid to Louisville

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local youth group took the time Saturday to travel to Louisville and assist those affected by April 28 tornadoes.
Seven youth and seven adults from First United Methodist Church in West Point cleaned up debris at two homes in Louisville, according to FUMC Office Manager Julie Gray. She said the first house belonged to an elderly couple, and the second belonged to a resident who ran an antique shop out of her shed. Gray said the sheds of both homes were demolished and the yards were littered with debris.

Gun holiday law soon takes effect

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County residents looking to purchase a firearm may want to wait until September, when Mississippi will offer a tax-free holiday for the purchase of guns and gun accessories.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2425 into law April 2, which will take effect July 1, giving Mississippi a tax-free holiday the first weekend in September every year going forward.
The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend will include tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.

June 13th

Haulers ask supervisors to scrap bond

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local haulers and members of the timber industry took the floor at the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday to ask the board to reconsider its proposed heavy-hauling ordinance.

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