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August 6th, 2014

No pets allowed: PAF cracking down

August 6, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Prairie Arts Festival (PAF) attendees should think twice about bringing their pets to this year’s festival.
Event organizers are working to make certain festival-goers and participants adhere to a long standing, but often abused, PAF regulation that prohibits all pets in the downtown area during the festival.

August 5th

Homebuyer education workshop successful

August 5, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

A Homebuyer Education Workshop was hosted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at City Hall. More than 50 people attended the workshop sponsored by the City of West Point, Bancorp South, USDA Rural Development and the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. The 8-hour workshop covered money management, understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan, shopping for and keeping a home.

County approves truck purchase

August 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase a $66,456 truck for county use at its meeting Monday.
The 2014 single-axle cab and chassis truck will come from Truck Center Inc. of Tupelo and be used in District 2.
District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the truck will replace two older trucks the county has been using for more than 20 years.
“We got a lot of rebates on that truck,” Lummus said. “It was first going to be more than $100,000, so we wound up getting really lucky.”

West Point child drowns

August 5, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point child drowned Sunday afternoon while playing in the water with his family Sunday afternoon at the Tombigbee River in Lowndes County.
Landon Henson, 3, of West Point was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
Merchant said Henson’s family had launched a boat and gone upriver before stopping at a sandbar. He said the kids were playing in the water and sand, and the family lost track of Henson.

August 2nd

West Point School District teachers prepare for classes

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District hosted orientation for its teachers Thursday and Friday to prepare for the beginning of the school year.
WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said Thursday’s orientation was for the district’s new teachers.
“We got the new teachers together to acclimate them to the way things we do here in West Point,” McDonald said. “Some teachers had taught before and others this is their first year.”

Prairie Arts preparation under way

August 2, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Summer is winding down, heading toward the last hurrah of Labor Day weekend — and more importantly to West Point, the annual Prairie Arts Festival.

Holiday Inn Express plans in the works

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling down Highway 45 North the past couple weeks may have noticed a sign next to the Hampton Inn advertising a new Holiday Inn Express coming to town.
Holiday Inn hotels are managed by CDA Hospitality out of Jackson, and CDA Chief Operations Officer Chris DeCamp said the plan for the new hotel is on the table, but as of Friday there was no timeline for construction.

August 1st

Gentiva Health Services kicks off 10th annual food drive today

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Gentiva Health Services launched its 10th annual food drive for local food pantries today, with various locations in the county for residents to drop off non-perishable items.
The food drive runs Aug. 1-31, and drop-off points in West Point include the Henry Clay Hotel Retirement Community, Dugan Memorial Home, Waverly Care Home, Sunflower and Kroger.
Gentiva Home, Health and Clinical Specialist Cindy Hathcock said food drive yielded about 2,000 pounds of food from around the Golden Triangle last year.

School district OKs budget, revamps labs

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District approved its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 21, with the major change from last year being an upgrade in computer equipment.
The total expenses for this year total $30,043,113, with total revenue projected at $28,208,880. The expenditures include $20 million for staff salaries and benefits, $2.3 million for supplies and equipment, $1.5 million for professional services and $1.4 million for transportation.

Yokohama president outlines goals

August 1, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Since breaking ground Sept. 23 in Clay County, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) plant construction has been rapidly picking up momentum. However, parent establishment Yokohama Rubber Company goals have remained largely the same since project inception, according to YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto.

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