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April 10th, 2014

WP revisits employee residency

April 10, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen is no longer requiring city employees that aren’t department heads to be permanent residents of Clay County.
The previous city personnel policy said that all full-time regular, probationary and supervisory employees of the city of West Point must be permanent residents of Clay County.
The board voted 3-2 to pass an action that now requires only city department heads be permanent residents of the county.

OHA coach lands post at Heritage

April 10, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

COLUMBUS — Barrett Donahoe, Heritage Academy’s head football coach and athletic director, texted Stan Hughey late Tuesday afternoon and asked a question: “Do you feel like a Patriot yet?”
Hughey simply answered, “Yes.”
Hughey’s commute may get a little longer, but the veteran and well-known MAIS basketball coach was named the new Heritage assistant athletic director and girls’ basketball coach for the junior high and high school teams, which was made official Wednesday morning.

Woman charged in infant death

April 10, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point woman is facing capital murder charges, following the death of her infant son.
Clay County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brittania Smith, 24, or 904 Hillside Park in West Poing Monday after results from a Mississippi Crime Lab autopsy allegedly confirmed 2-month-old Brinston Smith had ingested a lethal dose of prescription codeine. The death was ruled a homicide.

April 9th

BREAKING: Woman charged with murder of infant son

April 9, 2014

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department Investigators have arrested and charged Brittania Smith, age 24, of 904 Hillside Park, West Point with capital murder. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott stated the arrest stemmed from the death of her 2 month old infant son, Brinston Smith. Scott said authorities were notified on Monday, April 7th by the Mississippi Crime Lab that the child had died from a lethal dose of codeine and has been ruled a homicide. Smith is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Jail awaiting an arraignment in Clay County Justice Court.

Local children march in annual child abuse prevention parade

April 9, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

Sally Kate Winters Family Services hosted its annual Child Abuse Prevention Parade Tuesday in downtown West Point.
The children lined up in front of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance on Broad Street, then went down Commerce Street over to Market Street and ended on East Street to make a block around Sally Kate Winters Park.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley led the parade, followed by a truck from the West Point Fire Department.

First ever spring Egg-stravaganza coming to West Point Thursday

April 9, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Antique collectors have something new to look forward to in West Point this weekend.
Beginning 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday through Saturday, four local antique dealers – Annabelle’s, Sunny Side, Maw Maw’s Treasures and Bits-N-Pieces will host the first ever Egg-stravaganza spring open house event featuring refreshments and additional discounts on merchandise.

City sells delinquent tax notes

April 9, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city of West Point put more than $500,000 in delinquent property taxes on sale Monday at City Hall.
The total amount owed for the delinquent taxes was $546,867, which were initially due at the end of November of last year.
With a total of 934 parcels for sale and West Point City Clerk Delores Doss said 934 parcels of land were up for sale and all but five or six of the parcels were sold to different investors for a total of $425,840.
Doss said the sale began at 9 a.m. and ended at 12:45 p.m.

April 8th

GTRA operational despite substantial leak

April 8, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

LOWNDES COUNTY — The Golden Triangle Regional Airport had its share of plumbing issues Sunday, as a pipe disconnected amidst thunderstorms and left the terminal soaking wet.
According to Robin McCormick, West Point-Clay County representative on the GTRA Board of Directors, about 8:15 p.m. a drain pipe connected to the roof drain in the terminal “broke free,” causing rain from the roof to dump into the terminal. McCormick said the issue stemmed from a loose clamp that held the pipe in place to the drain.

Youth center grand opening set Thursday

April 8, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The grand opening for the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Clay County Extension Director B.J. McClenton said the complex, located on Old Starkville Road in West Point, is meant to be a place for area kids to go and learn about the environment and ride horses, and there is also therapeutic riding for physically disabled children.

Supes suspend next four night meetings

April 8, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend the next four night meetings at its meeting on Tuesday. The subject of night meetings was not on the agenda.
The board had previously voted to hold five night meetings during the year for residents who are unable to attend the morning meetings.
Board President Floyd McKee first said the board took no action but later said he abstained from voting.
“The vote was after the executive session had ended and any other actions were supposed to be held until Thursday’s meeting,” McKee said.

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