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June 24th, 2014

BREAKING: Cochran defeats McDaniel

June 24, 2014

Associated Press

JACKSON -- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff.

Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups.

Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel's 49.5 percent.

The 76-year-old Cochran is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.

Summer feeding program in full swing, off to successful beginning

June 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The We Care Committee (WCC) is in the midst of its summer feeding program for children ages 1-18 in West Point, Starkville, Grenada and Columbus.
The program began June 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said, thus far, it is going well. She said the program has had a good turnout, but WCC is still looking for more kids to come out.

Man arrested in cocaine case

June 24, 2014

DTL staff

Antonio Brownlee, 29, of Mantee, was arrested Friday by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department under suspicion of the sale of cocaine.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said Brownlee, who was wanted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department since June 5, was apprehended at a residence in Calhoun County before being returned to Clay County Detention Center.
Scott said Brownlee will be arraigned Tuesday morning. He remained in custody at CCDC Monday on a Mississippi Department of Corrections hold.

OHA hires new football coach

June 24, 2014

Former Columbus High School Head Football Coach Tony Stanford has accepted the Oak Hill football head coaching position Monday night, according to OHA Athletic Director Marion Bratton.

The Raiders’ head coaching position opened after Daniel Merchant left the position for an undisclosed position in early June.

June 19th

Independent film shot in WP debuts tonight

June 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

An independent film shot primarily in West Point will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. today at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
In Glenn Payne’s sci-fi thriller “Earthrise,” 99 percent of the human race lives on Mars, while the remaining few work to rehabilitate an Earth that has been ruined.
“Earthrise” was filmed over two weeks in the late winter of 2013 in West Point. Most of the shooting was done at an old dance studio on Broad Street across from the Clay County Co-op, with additional shooting at the Bryan Foods factory.

Old Waverly, MSU golf plan $2M project

June 19, 2014

For Daily Times Leader

Old Waverly Golf Club, one of the South’s premier golf destinations located in West Point, will become the new home to Mississippi State men’s and women’s varsity golf programs, the MSU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.
The Bulldog Club, the private fundraising arm of the Mississippi State Athletics, has partnered with Old Waverly on the $2.2 million project that includes a driving range, short-game area, putting green, plus a team clubhouse and indoor hitting bays. More than $1.3 million has been raised thus far.

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.

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