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June 10th, 2014

Local teen killed in ATV wreck

June 10, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Clay County Coroner’s office are investigating an ATV ride that turned deadly last week.
Taylor Dragoo, 15, of West Point, died Saturday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as a result of injuries suffered in an ATV accident Friday.
According to the accident report, Dragoo was driving south on Bus Blankenship Road in West Point, when he crossed Barton Ferry Road and reportedly lost control of the ATV.

June 9th

5th St. student invited to leadership conference

June 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Fifth Street Junior High seventh-grader Maney Darby,13, has been invited to participate in the Foundations of Leadership conference July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
The conference is hosted by Envision Career and Leadership Programs, and is for middle school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement, according to Envision's website.

EMCC breaks ground on union

June 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

East Mississippi Community College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for new Golden Triangle campus student union Friday in Mayhew.
Construction for the nearly $15 million two-story, 76,000 square-foot building is expected to take two years. The union will be located next to the humanities and fine arts building on campus and will consist of 12 multi-purpose classrooms, a lecture hall, computer lab, small and large conference rooms, a bookstore, a cafeteria with an open dining area, private dining rooms and a small fitness center.

June 6th

West Point School District outlines testing requirements for Rotarians

June 6, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point School District is working to meet the continuing changes in state and federal educational testing standards, and WPSD Testing Director Kris Hollis is hoping to keep the community informed on those standards. Hollis appeared before the West Point Rotary Club Thursday at First United Methodist Church to update Rotarians on some of the most recent changes.

Pet owners reminded of heat dangers

June 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Summer is bearing down on Clay County, and four-legged locals could be suffering from the heat more than most.
West Point Animal Control Officer Brent Brooks said it’s important for residents to take extra care of their dogs during the summer months. The city has received several calls about dog dehydration, according to Brooks, with three in the last week alone.

Haulers question ordinance

June 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local members of the timber industry went before the Clay County Board of Supervisors to speak on the county’s proposed heavy hauling ordinance at the board’s meeting Thursday.
The board has been discussing a $35,000 bond from each timber hauler transporting more than 50,000 pounds to repair any damage caused to county roads.

June 5th

WP Community Living set to host appreciation event

June 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Zane Parker II, local volunteer and devotional leader, will be hosting a Friends and Family Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at West Point Community Living Center on North Eshman Avenue.
The event is to give friends and family of past and present WPCLC residents an opportunity to fellowship together. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, along with singing.
Parker said he has been visiting and providing ministry and Bible study at WPCLC for 11 years.

Primaries bring few locals to polls

June 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi’s primaries have come and gone, but the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate remains too close to call.
Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Greeneville) both failed to capture the necessary 50 percent of the votes required to avoid a runoff.

June 4th

Blissard named Emergency Manager of Year

June 4, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point-Clay County Emergency Management Interim Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard received the 2014 Emergency Manager of the Year award last week at the Mississippi Partners in Preparedness summit in Biloxi.
Nomination committee members of the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Management Association (MCDEMA) accepted qualified candidate applications on behalf of the MCDEMA Board of Directors for the award. Nominees were presented at the summit, and attendees at the conference chose the winner from the top two nominees.

Haines to share latest addition to ‘Bones’ series at next Luncheon With Books event

June 4, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Luncheon with Books (LWB) at noon Thursday, will meet in the fellowship hall of the First Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point. Due to conflicts with the Summer Reading Program going on at the library, Rev. John Kellogg invited Friends of the Library to hold the June edition of LWB at the church.

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