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August 14th, 2014

City levies $5.8 million for WPSD

August 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen voted to levy $5,868,600 in ad valorem taxes for the West Point School District at its meeting Tuesday night. The amount will be for general district purposes, along with $322,889 for debt services.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the board will convene later in the month to set the millage rate to acquire the ad valorem tax. The school’s request was down from $5,827,000 last year, according to Robinson.

Arts Center steering committee forms

August 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

As renovations on the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts draw closely to conclusion, the city is looking to outline specifics on the building's future use.

Over-odorized gas raises alarm

August 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Some West Point residents may have been alarmed this by the strong smell of natural gas in and around their homes. However, Atmos Energy officials have assured customers that there is no cause for concern.
Atmos Operations Manager Michelle Whittle said the company’s gas substation in Aberdeen, which feeds to lines in West Point, was over-odorizing the gas.
“Natural gas doesn’t have a smell or a taste,” Whittle said. “We have to odorize the gas so our customers will be able to smell it if they have a gas leak.”

August 13th

VIDEO: Remembering Robin Williams

August 13, 2014

VIDEO: Tributes pour in for Robin Williams

VIDEO: Peyton and Eli Manning’s Latest Attempt at Rapping a Touchdown?

August 13, 2014

VIDEO: Peyton and Eli Manning’s Latest Attempt at Rapping a Touchdown?

Local student travels with People to People

August 13, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Jasmine Chewe is an active, intelligent 17-year-old girl. Captain of the West Point High School cheerleading squad, member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Jr. ROTC, Upward Bound and Columbus Applebee's employee, Chewe wears many hats. Now, she can add world traveler to the list.

WPFD benefit rodeo begins this weekend

August 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

It’s rodeo time in the community as the West Point Fire Department and Lummus Rodeo Productions’ annual benefit rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Eagle Ranch on West TVA Road in West Point. Proceeds from the rodeo will go to benefit the Junior Auxiliary of West Point.
According to rodeo coordinator Luke Lummus, cowboys and cowgirls will come from all over the southeast to compete in the two-day rodeo.

Captain D’s set to open Monday

August 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point residents looking for a place to eat will have a new option when Captain D’s opens its doors Monday. The restaurant, on Highway 45 South across from the Hampton Inn, will open at 10:30 a.m.
The restaurant has been a labor of love for the McBrayer family, of West Point, and Chris McBrayer said the idea to bring a Captain D’s restaurant to the city has floated around since 2008.

August 11th

Howlin’ Wolf prep under way

August 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The 19th annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is just a few short weeks away, and festival workers have been working to prepare for the artists and the influx of visitors and blues enthusiasts to the community.
The festival is hosted by the Prairie Belt Blues Foundation, and doors will open 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Mary Holmes College auditorium in West Point. The first act will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

School board qualification period begins

August 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The qualification period to run for one of two elected positions in the West Point Consolidated School District began Wednesday and runs through Sept. 5.
Mississippi passed legislation in September to consolidate the West Point and Clay County School districts into the new West Point Consolidated School District, set to take effect next year.

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