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February 3rd, 2014

Grayson speaks at Growth Alliance banquet

February 3, 2014

Community members honored for contributions to city, county

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

More than just a meal, the 88th annual West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance banquet was a celebration of community and coming home.
Residents gathered Thursday evening in the Community Counseling (Mary Holmes campus) gymnasium to honor those who have been crucial to the growth and development of West Point, as well as welcome some special guests — including keynote speaker Walt Grayson, host of the PBS series "Mississippi Roads."

January 31st

Man implicated in jail escape changes plea to guilty

January 31, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point local Austin Parker, 20, retracted a plea of not guilty and went forward with a guilty plea Jan. 24 for a felony escape charge along with a burglary of a dwelling charge.
Parker and fellow detainee Jonathan O’Brien, 21, were the talk of the town last September after pulling off a jailbreak from the Clay County Detention Center.

LOCKDOWN: Two arrested after firearm, knife recovered at WPHS

January 31, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two juveniles Thursday on the campus of West Point High School on charges deadly weapons possession on school property.
WPHS was placed on lockdown about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, after a CCSD school safety officer recovered a weapon from a student after fellow students had reported seeing the student in possession of a firearm. Further investigation revealed another student in possession of a knife.

Shoplifting arrest turns police chase

January 31, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department officers got more than they bargained for when a routine shoplifting call turned into a pursuit Wednesday.
According to a WPPD incident report, officers were dispatched to the West Point Walmart in response to an alleged shoplifting. Upon arrival, Walmart employees told police an unknown woman filled a shopping cart with merchandise and then exited the store without paying for it. Employees reportedly told officers the alleged shoplifter got into a green Honda.

January 30th

BREAKING: Two arrested for weapons at West Point High School

January 30, 2014

DTL staff

Two juveniles are in custody after allegedly bringing deadly weapons to West Point High School Thursday.
The juveniles, whose names have not been released, were detained at the Clay County Sheriff's office. The investigation is ongoing.
See further details in Friday's edition of Daily Times Leader.

Tuesday’s snow, cold spell present no major incidents

January 30, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point and Clay County received the lighter end of a stout winter snowstorm, which left its mark in northern parts of Mississippi with wrecks and frozen roads. However, according to local law enforcement agencies, the good news for the local area lies with the fairly incident-free day Tuesday’s snowy weather brought with it.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said his department kept a close eye on local commerce Tuesday morning due to the light snow and possibly icy roads, but was pleased at the outcome.

WPFD, schools prep for severe weather week

January 30, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

National Weather Service has officially deemed Feb. 3-7 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The West Point Fire Department will be in on the action as it sets off all county sirens and weather boxes come 9:15 a.m. Feb. 5 for a statewide tornado drill, which will also have local schools participate by conducting a tornado drill of their own.

Sales tax revenues up in final stretch of year

January 30, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Sales tax revenues held strong during the last quarter of the 2013 calendar year in West Point, though tourism tax collections don’t appear to be following the same trend.
According to the city’s tax revenue report, West Point brought in $189,704.22 and $198,017.75 in the months of October and November, respectively, for a total of $387,721.97 in sales tax revenues going into the height of the holiday shopping season.
Totals for December have not yet been released.

January 29th

Unity group works to ease intolerance

January 29, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

It goes without saying unification is one of the more focal goals of Unity in the Community (UIC). Members of the UIC convened with representatives from the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (WWIRR) Monday to discuss ongoing projects and examine where the group stands.
UIC held its first meeting of the new year Monday at the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance.

WP to host homebuyer workshops

January 29, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point is looking to help those making the transition to homeownership begin the process with all their ducks in a row.

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