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December 11th

City OKs insurance increase

December 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen approved an insurance policy renewal for the upcoming year at its meeting Tuesday. The policy will introduce a 35 percent increase in insurance rates for city employees beginning Jan. 1.
Kathy Comer, of Lyon Insurance, said the city’s Blue Cross Blue Shield rates were increasing due to the amount of claims filed during the past year.
“We had some exceptionally large claims, and Blue Cross Blue Shield has paid out more than they’ve paid in,” Comer said.

December 10th

Community rallies to help local teenager

December 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Community members have come together to set up a Cadence Bank account to collect donations for the medical care of 18-year-old Henry Brown.
Brown, of West Point, has been in the intensive care facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center for the last three weeks following a surgical procedure to improve his breathing capabilities due to complications from Down syndrome.
His mother, Leann Brown, said he started using an oxygen tank in 2009, and in the intervening years he came to require more and more oxygen.

WPSD seeking mentors

December 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District is on the lookout for community members willing to volunteer some time with students in need of mentoring.
WPSD Community Relations Director Nancy Young said the school district wants someone to spend 30 minutes per week with students.
“We need our mentors to be consistent with students,” Young said. “The worst thing we can do is introduce another adult into a child’s life who won’t be there for them.”
She said the mentoring program was for students of all ages who are in need of a little extra attention.

December 9th

Water damage shuts down local day care

December 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

First United Methodist Church in West Point had to shut down its Child Development Center day care program for a few days this week due to a water leak.
FUMC Pastor Jeff Shannon said the church’s custodian discovered the leak early Sunday morning in the rear part of the church.
“A water heater had broken and it ran that way for a while with water leaking throughout a good part of the fellowship hall and day care classrooms,” Shannon said.

City set to appoint new school board members

December 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen will appoint three members to the new West Point Clay County Consolidated School District Board during its meeting tonight at City Hall.
The board was originally set to appoint the school board members at its November meeting, however West Point City Attorney Orlando Richmond said the board would have to postpone the appointments due to not having a quorum.

December 5th

County turns to Urgent Team

December 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to enter into an agreement with Urgent Team of West Point to assist county workers with medical services at its meeting Thursday.
Clay County E911 Director Treva Hodge said county workers typically use Dr. Ronald Powell for medical services, such as drug testing and other issues, and that Urgent Team would be an additional service to Powell.

Bryant speaks on GT growth

December 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Gov. Phil Bryant paid a visit to the Golden Triangle to speak about the region’s economic growth at Golden Triangle Development LINK’s luncheon Thursday at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew.
Elected officials and community members from throughout the Golden Triangle were in attendance for the event, and got a chance to hear about the LINK’s progress and future plans.
Incoming LINK Chairman John Davis said the organization looked to bring more retail business to the region, as well as continuing to court industry.

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December 5, 2014

PSC warns residents against new IRS phone scam

December 5, 2014

DTL staff

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is warning consumers to be on guard against a telephone scam which uses the IRS as bait to obtain money and personal information from victims. The scam calls come from someone claiming that the victim owes money to the IRS and will be arrested, deported or have a business or driver’s license suspended if they do not immediately pay through a wire transfer or pre-loaded debit card, according to a PSC statement to media.
The IRS does not ask for credit card numbers over the phone or request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Holiday Express draws crowd to West Point

December 5, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Downtown West Point was stuffed full of reindeer, elves and visitors Tuesday night as the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express rolled into the Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum depot for its first-ever visit to the city while on its 14th annual holiday tour.

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