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April 16th, 2014

Local committee working to restore Northside school for community use

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A group of West Point residents are trying to preserve an important cultural landmark in the community.
The Northside School Buildling Restoration Committee is in the process of renovating the former Northside High School on Fifth Street to use for community functions.
Northside School Building Restoration Committee Chairwoman Louise Terry said the project is supported by a Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation grant derived from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Community gears up for local production of 'Cinderella'

April 16, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The sets are under construction, the principal parts are cast and rehearsals are set to begin for the next big West Point Clay County Arts Council community theater production, “Cinderella.”
The community rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical is set to debut Aug. 1 at Center Stage in West Point, however there’s much yet to be done before the show goes public, according to Director Ginger Fowler.

County schools cited in audit

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor has released the Clay County School District annual financial audit for the year ending June 30.
The audit found that West Clay Elementary School Principal Helen Kennard took office without a proper surety bond.
According to suretybonds.com, a surety bond guarantees the principal will act in accordance with certain laws. If the principal fails to perform in this manner, the bond will cover resulting damages or losses.

April 15th

Friends of BPL welcome local author to LWB

April 15, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Columbus author Deborah Johnson is bringing her latest novel to the Luncheon with Books at noon, April 24 at the Bryan Public Library in West Point.
In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Johnson takes her readers back in time to witness Mississippi in the wake of World War II.

WPCCAC plans inaugural ‘Art Walk’ for May

April 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) has been a particularly busy group in recent weeks, as it prepares for the inaugural Art Walk.

Wreck closes Soco pumps

April 15, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A man crashed his car into a gas pump Sunday morning at the Soco Chevron Truck Stop in West Point.
West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee said the WPPD is withholding the man’s identity pending investigation.
McGee said the man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 45 in a Mercury Grand Marquis coming in to West Point.
“The man said he saw the sign that said ‘Welcome to West Point’ and the next thing he remembered was someone pulling him out of the car,” McGee said.

April 10th

City officials urge residents to exercise caution when placing signs, digging

April 10, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city of West Point wants residents to be careful putting up signs and digging holes.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said that West Point and Clay County residents should know that putting up yard sale signs anywhere but their own property is illegal.
“These yard sale signs are really a pain,” Jones said. “We certainly like for people to have yard sales but technically you’re only supposed to have two a year, and we’re not having flea markets in people’s front yards.”

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.

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