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October 16th, 2014
A Starkville man is facing a capital murder charge in the death of a Clay County child.
According to a statement issued by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested Charles T. Mullins, 18, of 734 New Light Road in Starkville on Oct. 9 on child abuse charges following an incident in Clay County the previous day.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said at 11:59 a.m. Oct. 8, 911 dispatchers received a call requesting ambulatory services in regard to an injured child at 9630 Griffith Road in western Clay County.
At a Tuesday press conference, Mike Slive announced that he will step down as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, effective July 31, 2015. Slive is the SECâ€™s seventh commissioner and has held the position since 2002, yet he told SECSports.com that recent health concerns have made him reevaluate his priorities. Slive said, â€śI have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first."
BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point High School was classified as a priority school by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) three years ago, and school officials anticipate dropping that status after this school year.
According to MDEâ€™s website, the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as schools with graduation rates below 60 percent, are classified as priority schools.
BY MARY GARRISON
The West Point Clay County Arts Council isnâ€™t wasting any time in its new Louise Campbell Center for the Arts. The group has begun planning its first major event since the centerâ€™s grand opening last month.
A local man was sentenced to more than 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections during Mondayâ€™s session of the Clay County Circuit Court term.
Johnny Edwards, 20, of West Point, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and burglary after originally pleading not guilty. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Edwards to serve 30 years for armed robbery, plus a $1,200 fine and $12,724 in restitution.
Coleman sentenced Edwards to seven years for burglary, but suspended five. Edwards will also be required to pay a $1,200 fine in that charge, and will spend a total of 32 years in MDOC.
BY DONNA SUMMERALL
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. West Point High School librarians, Anita Blackwell and Donna Foster are celebrating this year's event by encouraging students to visit the library during the week of Oct. 13-17. This year's theme is: "Turn Dreams into Reality."
BY MARY GARRISON
The cityâ€™s first ever Makinâ€™ Hay festival is set to begin Saturday and final preparations are falling into place.
The festival, organized by the West Point Main Street Association, will feature old-fashioned carnival games such as pick up ducks, a bean bag toss, go fish â€” in which participants could win a live goldfish â€” and balloon darts. In addition to carnival games, the event will host a fall farmerâ€™s market, complete with fall produce, merchandise and home-baked goods, as well as a hayride, which will travel through the downtown area.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information regarding a duo of alleged burglaries from late September, as well as two from back in the spring.
n On April 22, officers responded to the 600 block of North Eshman Avenue in reference to an alleged burglary. According to the incident report, first responders found a window broken out as though the perpetrator were attempting to take the air conditioner.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The West Point Board of Selectmen will host its regular meeting tonight at 5:30 in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
The selectmen will appoint two members to the Golden Triangle Development LINK oversight board.
The board, comprised of four members from each LINK county, meets once a month with LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins to keep the counties informed about economic development in the area.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who previously served on the board, said itâ€™s responsible for setting and approving policy for the LINK.
Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll. The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday. Mississippi State beat Auburn 38-23 on Saturday, its third straight victory against a top-10 team. The Bulldogs are the first team in the poll's 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.