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November 21st, 2014

Police look into scam, robberies

November 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is investigating a trio of robberies from the past month, as well as an alleged scam.
WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the department received calls about an unemployment scam. He said the scam is a statewide issue, and WPPD was working with the Mississippi Attorney General's office and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to resolve the issue.

South Side side school gets math grant

November 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A South Side Elementary School third-grade class received a $1,625 Explore Learning Reflex Grant to implement a new program designed to aid students in math fluency.
South Side third-grade teacher Kimberly Blair said she applied for the grant about a month ago, and received word Monday that her application was accepted. She said the new program was a computer game, similar to an online app, that allowed students to improve their math skills while having fun.

November 20th

Local man arrested in stolen car

November 20, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

STARKVILLE — Starkville police on Wednesday arrested a West Point man in connection with a stolen vehicle report from late October.
Police arrested 18-year-old Jonas Andrews on suspicion of possessing stolen property, after he was identified as the driver of a purple 2005 Chevrolet Equinox reported stolen from Mississippi Motor Credit, located at Lindbergh Avenue, on Oct. 26. Officers recovered the vehicle on Monday at the intersection of Garrard Road and North Montgomery Street, according to a police department press release.

Shopping center back on track

November 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Dirt work for a new West Point shopping center began in July but since then, residents may have noticed work seemed to slow down to a crawl.
Jim Khalaf, owner of Khalaf Plaza LLC in McComb, said there was a miscommunication in planning for the new shopping center. He said he was in the process of clearing up the details and obtaining a building permit.

WP police switching to digital

November 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents with police scanners may notice a little less chatter on the airwaves when the West Point Police Department upgrades to digital radios, which it plans to do by the end of the year.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD would begin installing the radios next week and completely switch to digital by the end of December or early January. He said the cost of the radios totaled about $40,000, and was paid for mostly with city money though some grants were used, as well.

November 19th

City gets new garbage truck

November 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point received a brand new $153,937 Freightliner garbage truck Tuesday, and it was a much-needed addition, according to city officials.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city’s garbage trucks were all about 10 years old, and the necessary repairs had become too costly.
“It wasn’t a case of just wanting a new garbage truck,” Robinson said. “This was something that was really needed.”

CCS closes Sunnyside Antiques

November 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling through downtown the past couple weeks may have noticed that Sunnyside Antiques and Gifts on Main Street has emptied out.
Community Counseling Services owns Sunnyside, and CCS Chief Financial Officer Richard Duggin said the business and the program that supported it had ended.
“The Sunnyside program entailed buying old or damaged furniture and using it for our clients to learn how to do some minor repairs,” Duggin said. “The furniture they fixed was then turned around and put in the Sunnyside shop.”

Homeless children on rise

November 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It's something most people don't like to think about, and yet homelessness among children is increasing at an alarming rate.

November 18th

Laundromat gets significant remodel under new owners

November 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents looking for a spot to wash and dry their clothes have a new, or at least updated, option in the form of the West Point Laundromat.
Macon businessman Brad Guy purchased the former Coin-O-Matic laundromat on West Main Street about a month ago, and has been working to update and improve the facilities. He said he looked at opening a laundromat in West Point because he believed it would meet a need in the community.

Animal control issues improve

November 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the city hired Eric Davis as animal control officer. Since then, the West Point native has worked part time but was approved to become a full time officer by the board of selectmen Nov. 11.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Davis’ promotion was in anticipation of sending him to the law enforcement training academy in Pearl early next year.

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