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September 6th, 2013

Suicide growing problem in youth

September 6, 2013

In the past few years, suicide has become a prevalent problem in the world. According to the World Health Organization, “suicide rates have increased by 60 percent worldwide” in the last 45 years.

In the U.S., it is just as problematic. In the most recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) publication, it was reported that 38,364 residents commit suicide each year, which equates to about 105 suicides a day.

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September 5th

PSC sets final hearing on raised water rates

September 5, 2013

After a two year hiatus, the Public Service Commission set a final hearing date for the West Point water rate increase. On Tuesday, Northern Region Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that attorneys for both parties agreed to a schedule to help make a decision in the case.

The staff for the PSC will have until Sept. 10 to file new data requests and questions regarding the case. The attorney for the city of West Point Light and Water Department will have two weeks to answer the PSC staff. A final ruling will be made by PSC on Oct. 11.

Renaissance: A new birth in West Point

September 5, 2013

Young people were the topic at Wednesday’s meeting of the Civitan Luncheon Club. Renaissance Vice President Carlos Orr, a Baptist minister and community leader, and Renaissance member Matthew Lewis, who works with the drug court and mentors young men, spoke to the Civitans about their work.

Renaissance literally means “a new birth.” In West Point it is a joint undertaking of the Christian community, drug court and law enforcement to help young people who are at-risk or who have already had a brush with the law.

September 4th

More changes for RV Park ordinance

September 4, 2013

The Clay County Board of Supervisors are close to finalizing an ordinance for RV parks that will be built. While the ordinance is not officially set, the board will review any final changes made and meet with the intent to adopt the ordinance on Thursday.

At the end of August, the board met to originally discuss the ordinance and met with concerns and comments from the residents of West Point and Clay County. Those concerns were later addressed and if possible, worked into the ordinance amendments.

Police: Labor Day weekend quiet overall

September 4, 2013

The Labor Day weekend is the last hooray of summer for most, which could potentially see an increase in accidents and disturbances.

However, the city of West Point and Clay County were rather safe over the holiday weekend.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the county was “overall pretty quiet,” but there were a few reported incidents.

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GED testing changes prompt concern from adult education

September 4, 2013

Students pursuing a General Education Development certificate in Clay County will soon find testing an entirely different animal than in previous years.

Locals brace for open carry impact

September 4, 2013

Editor’s note: An incomplete version of this story was inadvertantly printed in Tuesday’s edition of Daily Times Leader. It has been reprinted below, in its entirety.

After two months in limbo, Mississippi Supreme Court judges unanimously voted last week to uphold the state’s proposed open carry law, which enables any adult legally allowed to own a firearm or weapon to carry one openly without a permit.

September 3rd

Locals brace for open carry impact

September 3, 2013

After two months in limbo, Mississippi Supreme Court judges unanimously voted last week to uphold the state’s proposed open carry law, which enables any adult legally allowed to own a firearm or weapon to carry one openly without a permit.

August 30th

Shoplifting not ‘easy’ crime

August 30, 2013

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Protection, one in 11 people are shoplifters.

West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that the department averages seven to 12 arrests per week in shoplifting cases.

“These are the individuals who are caught, arrested and waiting to go to court,” Brinkley said.

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EMCC helps prepare for workforce

August 30, 2013

With Yokohama Tires coming to the Clay County area soon, East Mississippi Community College is helping residents get ready for the workforce.

EMCC's West Point and Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew are offering courses and tests that will prepare anyone with the skills and knowledge they need to work in technical and manufacturing jobs.

The West Point campus offers basic skills classes, the Workkeys test, manufacturing and technical classes, according to Workforce Specialist Mitzi Thompson.

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