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June 19th, 2014

LINK, EMCC partner on center

June 19, 2014

By KAYLEIGH SWISHER FEW
Special to Daily Times Leader

MAYHEW — A critical component in providing a top-notch education is having the facilities to do so.
That was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins' message at the organization's June luncheon meeting Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus.
At the meeting, Higgins outlined new plans to relocate and expand EMCC's Golden Triangle Campus workforce training program center.
The new Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) building would triple the number of bays from five to 15.

June 18th

Former inmate gives back to community

June 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A West Point man is turning his former life of crime into a motivational tool for young people in the community.
Dewayne White,44, spent more than 20 years of his life incarcerated, with convictions ranging from drug possession and grand larceny to burglary and aggravated assault of a police officer. Now, he wants to discourage kids from following in his footsteps.

Local 'Cinderella' production picks up momentum

June 18, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Cast and crew members have been working diligently on this year's West Point-Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
The show will debut Aug. 1-2 at Center Stage in West Point and brings together about 80 Golden Triangle residents in cast, behind-the-scenes crew and musicians. And while such a sizable local production can present its challenges, Director Ginger Fowler said she was confident everything would come together.

Young drivers cautioned

June 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi has no law to ban texting while driving for most drivers, however law enforcement officials maintain the practice has become a problem.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 400,000 impaired driving accidents across the country in 2012, with more than 3,000 deaths.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said texting while driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, but for everyone on the road.

June 17th

Tommy Terrific brings act back to BPL Summer Reading Program

June 17, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic is paying a second visit to the Bryan Public Library at 2 p.m. today during the Summer Reading Program in West Point. He uses jokes, magic and puppets to create a fun and entertaining learning experience.
“Everyone loved Tommy Terrific last year,” Dawn Richardson, children’s librarian at the BPL said.
“We were pleased to be able to invite him back to the library again. He is a wonderful entertainer who keeps the children’s attention with his non – stop brand of wackiness. He was a favorite performer last year.”

FUMC youth provides aid to Louisville

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local youth group took the time Saturday to travel to Louisville and assist those affected by April 28 tornadoes.
Seven youth and seven adults from First United Methodist Church in West Point cleaned up debris at two homes in Louisville, according to FUMC Office Manager Julie Gray. She said the first house belonged to an elderly couple, and the second belonged to a resident who ran an antique shop out of her shed. Gray said the sheds of both homes were demolished and the yards were littered with debris.

Gun holiday law soon takes effect

June 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County residents looking to purchase a firearm may want to wait until September, when Mississippi will offer a tax-free holiday for the purchase of guns and gun accessories.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2425 into law April 2, which will take effect July 1, giving Mississippi a tax-free holiday the first weekend in September every year going forward.
The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend will include tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.

June 13th

Haulers ask supervisors to scrap bond

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local haulers and members of the timber industry took the floor at the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday to ask the board to reconsider its proposed heavy-hauling ordinance.

County cuts drug court funds

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to stop funding the Clay County Drug Court at its meeting on Thursday.
The drug court is part of the 16th District Drug Court and has been in operation since 2011, and offers misdemeanor drug offenders an alternative to jail time through drug programs and testing. Without funding from the county, the court will have to cease operations.

June 11th

West Point School District approves purchase of new $179,119 scoreboard

June 11, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
and JOSH PRESLEY
www.dailytimesleader.com

The bright lights of McCallister Field will grow even brighter at the start of the 2014 football season.
The West Point School District board approved the construction of a new $179,119 scoreboard, which includes a video screen and two play clocks at its meeting Monday.
West Point High School Athletic Director Chris Chambless, who is also the head football coach, said he and the board have been discussing a new scoreboard for the past two months and believes it will create a better atmosphere at Hamblin Stadium in the fall.

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