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August 7th, 2014

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.

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.

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