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May 15th, 2014

Bryan Public Library set to host financial planning session Friday morning

May 15, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Bryan Public Library is hosting a free, adult financial seminar from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Friday, featuring Ryan Munson, financial adviser with Edward Jones in Columbus. Munson will provide basic financial planning information with his “Rules of the Road.”
“Friday, I'll be discussing the ‘10 Rules of the Road' for investing,” Munson said. “The rules will help those interested in financial planning to understand the basic concepts and strategies for preparing for the future.”

CCS celebrates 40 years strong in Mississippi

May 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Community Counseling Services (CCS) has been a part of Clay County’s history for as long as some can remember, but this year marks a special milestone: CCS is celebrating 40 years of service.
The organization commemorated the event with a special luncheon at Old Waverly Country Club Wednesday in West Point, with representatives from each of its seven-county coverage area coming to expand briefly on services provided, financial figures and a glimpse into the future.

City plans $300,000 CDBG funds match

May 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen adopted a resolution which would allow the city to commit matching funds for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at its meeting Tuesday.
The city is applying for a $300,000 CDBG to go toward a $600,000 sewer project, which will service two census blocks north of Main Street in West Point. One block extends roughly from Eshman Avenue to Fifth Street and the other from Cottrell Street to Old White Road.

May 14th

Friends, coworkers host surprise event for OHA educator

May 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill Academy Elementary School Principal Jane Rives’ time at OHA is drawing to a close after 48 years, and her friends, former students and coworkers prepared a surprise for her on Tuesday.
Jewelry designer Ronaldo Needham, of Kentucky and the Indiana-based Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, visited OHA to present Rives with a handcrafted bracelet.
“It’s not often I have the pleasure of meeting a person who’s loved and taken care of children for 48 years,” Needham said, as he presented Rives with one of his Guardian Angel bracelets.

Local health department scales back

May 14, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Health Department is scaling back operations to accommodate patient load.
Previously open Monday through Friday, the department will now only operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The health department, located at 138 S. Division St., has begun closing on Wednesdays.
Hours of operation will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour break from noon to 1 p.m.
The new schedule took effect Monday.

GT regional study released to public eye

May 14, 2014

BY ALEX HOLLOWAY
Special to Daily Times Leader

The Golden Triangle Region has an abundance of economic development potential, but the communities that comprise the region must take certain steps to create and maintain a skilled labor force to ensure that potential does not go to waste.

County SNAP use increases

May 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal aid program administered under the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture to provide food-purchasing assistance to low-or-no-income residents in the country.
The number of Clay County residents assisted by SNAP has steadily increased over the past decade, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

May 13th

Local NAACP kicks off youth movement

May 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County branch of the NAACP will host its Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ministerial Institute and College on East Churchill Road in West Point.
The banquet will be youth-oriented, and the Clay County NAACP has declared 2014 as the "Year For Our Youth."
West Point School District School-Community Liaison Robert Smith said he has been the coordinator for the banquet for about 15 years, and this is the first time it's had a youth theme.

FUMC youth collecting for storm victims

May 13, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point residents are continuing to offer their support to Louisville tornado victims.
Members of the First United Methodist Church youth group are collecting bottled water for Louisville residents through Saturday. FUMC office manager Julie Gray said the youth group will accept cases, jugs or gallons of bottled water through Friday at the Bryan Youth Center of the church at 306 Westbrook St. in West Point. The initiative will culminate with a mass collection day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the Sunflower parking lot on Main Street.

EMCC preps local workers for Yokohama

May 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

East Mississippi Community College is running day and night classes to prepare residents in the region to work at the new Yokohama Tire plant.
Yokohama is going to need 500 employees for the new tire plant, for which the state is responsible to provide as per a memorandum of understanding with the company. Should that agreement not be honored, the state will be held to an undisclosed monetary penalty.
Mississippi has charged EMCC to administer all the plant's pre-employment training.

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