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August 2nd, 2014

West Point School District teachers prepare for classes

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District hosted orientation for its teachers Thursday and Friday to prepare for the beginning of the school year.
WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said Thursday’s orientation was for the district’s new teachers.
“We got the new teachers together to acclimate them to the way things we do here in West Point,” McDonald said. “Some teachers had taught before and others this is their first year.”

Prairie Arts preparation under way

August 2, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Summer is winding down, heading toward the last hurrah of Labor Day weekend — and more importantly to West Point, the annual Prairie Arts Festival.

Holiday Inn Express plans in the works

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling down Highway 45 North the past couple weeks may have noticed a sign next to the Hampton Inn advertising a new Holiday Inn Express coming to town.
Holiday Inn hotels are managed by CDA Hospitality out of Jackson, and CDA Chief Operations Officer Chris DeCamp said the plan for the new hotel is on the table, but as of Friday there was no timeline for construction.

August 1st

Gentiva Health Services kicks off 10th annual food drive today

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Gentiva Health Services launched its 10th annual food drive for local food pantries today, with various locations in the county for residents to drop off non-perishable items.
The food drive runs Aug. 1-31, and drop-off points in West Point include the Henry Clay Hotel Retirement Community, Dugan Memorial Home, Waverly Care Home, Sunflower and Kroger.
Gentiva Home, Health and Clinical Specialist Cindy Hathcock said food drive yielded about 2,000 pounds of food from around the Golden Triangle last year.

School district OKs budget, revamps labs

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District approved its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 21, with the major change from last year being an upgrade in computer equipment.
The total expenses for this year total $30,043,113, with total revenue projected at $28,208,880. The expenditures include $20 million for staff salaries and benefits, $2.3 million for supplies and equipment, $1.5 million for professional services and $1.4 million for transportation.

Yokohama president outlines goals

August 1, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Since breaking ground Sept. 23 in Clay County, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) plant construction has been rapidly picking up momentum. However, parent establishment Yokohama Rubber Company goals have remained largely the same since project inception, according to YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto.

July 31st

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July 31, 2014

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Back-to-school dinner offered Sunday, new scholarship available

July 31, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

A back-to-school dinner is being offered by organizers Sherell Griffin-Drake and Trina Davidson-Brooks through the Brooks Institute of Marital Arts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bryan Union Hall in West Point. The event, free to the public, includes West Point School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald as a guest speaker along with the Town Creek Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team serving as musical guests, according to Griffin-Drake and Davidson-Brooks.

Tax holiday brings out few locals to shop

July 31, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi’s tax-free weekend for clothing and shoes has come and gone, and the feeling from some local retailers is that the weekend was a slight disappointment. The tax-free weekend began at 12:01 a.m. last Friday and ended at midnight Saturday.

Board finalizes city budget

July 31, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen approved the final budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during a special recessed meeting Tuesday at City Hall.
The total budget for the city for the fiscal year is $7.1 million in expenses, with $7.4 million in revenues, leaving a surplus of $358,544. The budget includes $514,003 for City Hall expenses, $1.2 million in total uniform patrol expense for the West Point Police Department, $965,536 for the West Point Fire Department and $762,456 for the West Point Street Department.

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