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July 1st, 2014

WPPD takes over animal control

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Beginning July 1, the responsibility for West Point’s animal control enforcement will come under the control of the West Point Police Department.
Previously the city’s animal control officer fell under the banner of public works, but West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the animal control officer didn’t have the authority to enforce city laws. He said the city has run into issues with animal control throughout the years because the officer didn’t have the authority to make arrests and enforce city code.

Officials urge fireworks safety

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With the July 4 holiday coming up, many residents will be barbecuing, boating and shooting off fireworks. Local officials urge citizens to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that it’s unlawful to shoot firecrackers in the city limits. He said the West Point Police Department will be responding to calls about fireworks in the city and will be issuing citations to residents violating the law.

Officials urge fireworks safety

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With the July 4 holiday coming up, many residents will be barbecuing, boating and shooting off fireworks. Local officials urge citizens to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that it’s unlawful to shoot firecrackers in the city limits. He said the West Point Police Department will be responding to calls about fireworks in the city and will be issuing citations to residents violating the law.

June 27th

Third annual ‘Head to Heels’ health fair slated for Saturday

June 27, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Upsilon Pi Omega chapter of Starkville are doing their part for the West Point community by sponsoring the “Head to Heels” Health Fair from 9 – 11 a.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center.

Thefts remain police concern

June 27, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is advising all residents to keep a close check on their valuables, as burglaries continue to be an issue in the city. WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the summer months see more and more burglaries, especially of items that are outside and unsecured.

June 26th

District Attorney’s office to brief businesses on HB 585

June 26, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Police Department is hosting a forum for a representative from the district attorney’s office to meet with local business owners and discuss a new law which lessens property crimes at 6 p.m. July 15 in the courtroom at the West Point Police Department.
Mississippi legislature passed House Bill 585 in March, and it will take effect July 1. The bill was intended to avert prison population growth, according to a statement from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, but it will also change the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.

County supports Cochran

June 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The dust has settled in the hotly contested race for the state’s Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate and, in the end, Mississippi stuck with the incumbent.

2 arrested in home invasion

June 26, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department investigators have made an arrest in an alleged home invasion case.
Officers arrested Vernard Gray, 29, and his brother Depriest Gray, both of West Point, Tuesday on suspicion of burglary following an incident on Lone Oak Road.
About 9:30 a.m. June 14, officers responded to the West Point home in reference to a robbery. According to a WPPD statement to media, a witness, whose name has not been disclosed, told officers two men allegedly entered his home and assaulted him.

June 25th

Prairie Arts Festival shirt, poster design unveiled; sales set to begin July 1 in WP

June 25, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Planning for the 36th annual Prairie Arts Festival, set for Aug. 30, is well under way, with a new design and featured artist to boot.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said this year’s shirts were delivered Tuesday and would feature the artwork of longtime vendor Nancy Waggoner. Waggoner will serve as this year’s featured artist for PAF, as well. Klutts, who has helped coordinate the festival for the last six years, said it was a theme she’d begun last year and hoped to continue going forward.

City closer to sidewalk construction

June 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point is another step closer to a new set of sidewalks for Central School and Fifth Street Junior High School. The sidewalks will be funded by a $563,000 grant from Safe Routes to School (SRTS).
The national SRTS program began in 1997 as part of a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among children walking and bicycling to school.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the new or repaired sidewalks will be on Brame Avenue, East Street, Westbrook Street, Fifth Street, Progress Street and Main Street.

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