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February 21st, 2014

Palmer Home to merge with ministry

February 21, 2014

For nearly 100 years, the Palmer Home for Children has worked to care for those most vulnerable, children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or suffered the loss of their parents with nowhere else to go.

GTR Waste Authority addresses Civitans

February 21, 2014

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club opened the Wednesday meeting by discussing the Junior Civitan pancake breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m., Saturday at the Bryan Public Library. The $5 a plate fundraiser’s proceeds will go in part toward the library’s Summer Reading Program, with the rest to fund Jr. Civitan community projects. President Margaret Shelton asked members to support the students from the Fifth Street Junior High and West Point High School clubs by spreading the word about the fundraiser. This is the first year for the Jr. Civitan Clubs to spearhead the event.

February 20th

Nellie Mack down home at South Side Elementary

February 20, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Mississippi Arts Commission sponsored the Nellie Mack Project to perform, entertain and inform South Side Elementary students on musical roots found in Mississippi in honor of Black History Month.
Peggy Brown, market coordinator for the Central Mississippi Blues Society, asked the students if they knew of a famous musician who was born West Point. Students knew the answer was Chester Arthur Burnett, “Howlin Wolf.”

West Point revamping recycling program

February 20, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point is working toward rolling out another full blown curbside recycling program in city limits, though it may be late March before the program is fully on its feet.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the initiative was once offered to residents in both West Point and Clay County, via agreement with Waste Pro out of Tupelo. However, when the program failed to turn a profit, Waste Pro discontinued its recycling pick up services to the Golden Triangle.

County set to host voter ID meetings

February 20, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Courthouse will host two community meetings Feb. 25, which aim to not only educate electors about the upcoming voter identification law, but also recruit mouths to help spread the word of knowledge to other citizens in the community.

Three arrested on meth charges

February 20, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Three Clay County men are facing methamphetamine charges, following an eight-month investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
According to MBN Public Relations Coordinator Delores Lewis, officers conducted an investigatory traffic stop on Feb. 12 which led to the execution of a search warrant at a West Point residence. The search allegedly yielded some 13 grams of methamphetamine.

February 19th

MBN makes Oktibbeha arrest in drug ring

February 19, 2014

DTL staff

Agents over the three-day weekend arrested a Texas man in Mississippi in connection with the seizure of about $100,000 in cocaine, interim Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Samuel W. Owens said Tuesday.
Charles A. Skelly, 25, of Houston, Texas, faces one count of possession of a kilogram of cocaine with intent to distribute, Director Owens said.

City set on HOME grant app

February 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The window of time open for West Point residents to submit applications to the city in hopes of obtaining assistance to rebuild their homes has come and gone, and now West Point has taken it to the next step in the process. The city was set this week to submit its application to the Mississippi Development Authority — just shy of the Feb. 20 deadline — for the consideration of a HOME grant.

February 18th

Shared GTR Airport seat forthcoming

February 18, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Another step has been made in the ongoing effort on behalf of West Point and Clay County to share a seat on the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) Board of Directors.
Mike Hainsey, GTRA executive director, said all five entities on the board — West Point, Starkville, Columbus, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties — are required to adopt a resolution of intention to approve the split chair. Oktibbeha, Hainsey said, adopted its resolution of intention Monday. Lowndes County adopted its resolution of intention Friday.

December revenues see increase

February 18, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The numbers for December are in, and they’re saying good things. According to the city’s most recent tax revenue report, West Point’s sales tax revenue jumped to $209,310.64 compared to last year’s sales tax total of $204,129.48 for a $5,181.16 (2 percent) increase.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said although he was hopeful for a larger increase, he was still satisfied with the numbers.

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