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February 11th, 2014

Utilities gear up for icy conditions

February 11, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Weather forecasts paint an icy picture for Tuesday, but 4-County Electric Power Association (4-County) has boots on the ground to combat the expected adverse weather conditions.
According to a press release issued by 4-County, the company has initiated “emergency preparations” to help suppress the blow of any “possible weather damage to lines or equipment or service interruption” to its power consumers.

City, county prepare for weather

February 11, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

With a Tuesday morning forecast calling for the potential of freezing rain and ice throughout Northeast Mississippi — including Clay County — West Point and Clay County officials were preparing for the worst in severe weather on Monday.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city’s department heads met Monday morning to give a rundown of plans and provisions in the event inclement weather does hit. According to Robinson, all are well prepared to handle any incoming winter weather. However, no one is going to jump the gun.

February 7th

Conservation district preps for 2014 Tree Planting Week

February 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Tree Planting Week has been celebrated by the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District for more than 40 years. The CCSWCD strives to promote the value of trees to the environment, economy, wildlife and public health. According to the CCSWCD, more than 300,000 trees have been given free of charge to residents to plant on their property.
This year’s tree giveaway is from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Feb. 14, at the USDA Service Center on Highway 50 East.

Center fighting addiction, mental health disorders

February 7, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Struggling with addiction and mental health disorders can take its toll on any family, but staff of The Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center in Columbus are working to help those affected to succeed and become healthy contributors to society.

County moves on port project

February 7, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County is pulling up its sleeves in preparation for a new addition to its bridge dock at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway port.
According to Clay County Grant Writer Phyllis Benson, the Clay County Board of Supervisors submitted an application to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for a Multi Modal Port grant in March. This go around, she said, would be the fourth time the county has been awarded the grant.
The county was officially awarded the $84,000 grant in July.

February 6th

We Care committee to distribute remaining food supplies today

February 6, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

In December, We Care Committee Director Luezarah “Lou” Robinson made it a point to give out free goodies to individuals in need of extra food supplies. Beginning at 8 a.m. today at the Luezarah Robinson Healthcare Care building located on Highway 45 Alt. N., Robinson is set to give away leftover treats.
At the previous giveaway, Robinson incorporated a relatively quick and painless application process to gauge who was in sincere need of a little care package.

West Point Civitans recognize local clergy

February 6, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club recognized members of the clergy who were in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting in the Education Room of North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. They were presented with a certificate of appreciation by President Margaret Shelton. Civitan members were encouraged to invite their pastors to attend the meetings in February.

Missing teenager found at WPHS basketball game

February 6, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Less than 24 hours after 16-year-old Shemekia Rice was reported missing to the West Point Police Department by her mother, she was found alive and well.
WPPD Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said police plastered Rice’s picture on Facebook shortly after the missing persons report was submitted in addition to the pictures circulated in local media outlets.
Rice, according to McGee, was spotted at a West Point High School basketball game at about 7 p.m. Tuesday by a member in the audience shortly after images of her hit Facebook.

Boulevard construction to begin Monday

February 6, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The last checkbox on the list of requirements necessary to begin construction for Yokohama Boulevard has been filled. After the finalization of eminent domain land acquisition, citizens traveling on Highway 45 will notice crews laying the groundwork for the extensive construction project come Monday.
Robert Calvert, Calvert-Spradling Engineers president, said now that the extra land necessary for construction has been acquired, the beginnings of the $19 million Yokohama Boulevard are not far away.

February 5th

LINK to restructure

February 5, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is looking to take things to the next level in economic development. Joe Max Higgins, chief executive officer for the LINK, announced Tuesday the agency would begin a restructuring process aimed at bringing in future projects and cultivating those already in the works in Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.

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