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August 11th, 2014

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.

August 8th

Five generations strong

August 8, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Carter-Thomas family has made family reunions a priority every two years for almost 40 years. Dorothy Harris, West Point resident, hosted this year’s gathering during the July 4 weekend at her home. It was the second time the event was held in West Point.
“We love getting our family together,” Harris said. “We have our reunion every two years with a different family hosting each time. This time I had everyone at my home and was so very happy to have five generations represented. That doesn’t happen every day.”

Mississippi State displays talent of West Point artist

August 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Artist Critz Campbell, of West Point, will present his work in an exhibit called “Facing South” from Aug. 15-Sept. 6 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.
Campbell, an associate professor and sculpture coordinator with the department of art for MSU. recently took a sabbatical from the school and completed two residencies. He first spent four months at the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, N.C., and three months at the Crab Tree Farm Foundation in Lake Bluff, Ill.

Election position vacated

August 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com`

The Clay County Board of Supervisors will need to appoint a new election commissioner for District 5 after the commissioner from the district moved to another district.
Now former District 5 Commissioner Maxine Brooks previously lived on Redwine Circle, but recently moved to Snyder Street, which is in District 2. At Thursday’s board meeting, board attorney Bob Marshall said that for any county office, if the person is elected for a specific district, they have to live in that district. If they move they must vacate the office.

August 7th

Investigators seeking information on burglaries

August 7, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for more information pertaining to three alleged robberies that took place throughout the past two weeks.
n About 1 p.m. July 21, officers were dispatched to the Bryan Public Library on Commerce Street in West Point in reference to an alleged stolen car. According to the incident report, while the owner was inside the library, their green 1996 Toyota Camry was allegedly stolen from the parking lot.

Local shares experience caring for Alzheimer's patient

August 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Brenda Johnson, director of Human Resources at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point is well educated on the subject of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s. Her mother, Etta Florence Moon, passed away in February from the disease. She suffered with Alzheimer’s for eight years. Johnson shared her experience with the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club at the club meeting Wednesday at the NMMC – West Point Education Room

Airports lift local economy

August 7, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

According to a recent report released by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi’s airports have a $2.5 billion impact on the state’s economy and supported more than 20,000 jobs.
The Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) in Lowndes ranked third in the state, and brought more than $270 million to the area.

August 6th

West Point Police Department receives new cruisers, SUVs

August 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Citizens traveling in West Point may notice a trio of brand new police cruisers patroling the streets some time next week.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the cruisers, which will be used for general control purposes, were ordered in January and delivered this week. Radios will be installed in the cruisers within the next week, and then they’ll be ready to go, according to Brinkley.

PSC hits call list violators with stiff fine

August 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced this week that the Public Service Commission (PSC) entered default judgments against two companies for alleged no-call violations.
Your Direct Service Inc., of Florida, was fined $80,000, and Secure Alliance Corporation, of California, was fined $15,000 for allegedly making unauthorized solicitations over the telephone and failing to register with the PSC as phone solicitors, according to statement released to media from the PSC.

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