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January 30th, 2014

Tuesday’s snow, cold spell present no major incidents

January 30, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point and Clay County received the lighter end of a stout winter snowstorm, which left its mark in northern parts of Mississippi with wrecks and frozen roads. However, according to local law enforcement agencies, the good news for the local area lies with the fairly incident-free day Tuesday’s snowy weather brought with it.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said his department kept a close eye on local commerce Tuesday morning due to the light snow and possibly icy roads, but was pleased at the outcome.

WPFD, schools prep for severe weather week

January 30, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

National Weather Service has officially deemed Feb. 3-7 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The West Point Fire Department will be in on the action as it sets off all county sirens and weather boxes come 9:15 a.m. Feb. 5 for a statewide tornado drill, which will also have local schools participate by conducting a tornado drill of their own.

Sales tax revenues up in final stretch of year

January 30, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Sales tax revenues held strong during the last quarter of the 2013 calendar year in West Point, though tourism tax collections don’t appear to be following the same trend.
According to the city’s tax revenue report, West Point brought in $189,704.22 and $198,017.75 in the months of October and November, respectively, for a total of $387,721.97 in sales tax revenues going into the height of the holiday shopping season.
Totals for December have not yet been released.

January 29th

Unity group works to ease intolerance

January 29, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

It goes without saying unification is one of the more focal goals of Unity in the Community (UIC). Members of the UIC convened with representatives from the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (WWIRR) Monday to discuss ongoing projects and examine where the group stands.
UIC held its first meeting of the new year Monday at the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance.

WP to host homebuyer workshops

January 29, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point is looking to help those making the transition to homeownership begin the process with all their ducks in a row.

January 28th

HOME grant process goes forth in WP

January 28, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It’s about more than just providing shelter, it’s providing a home.
At least, that’s how West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson feels about the city’s latest endeavor to apply for a Mississippi Development Authority HOME grant. The grant, which would be the city’s first if awarded, seeks to take substandard housing with serious deficiencies in electrical wiring, heating, roofing, plumbing and foundation and start fresh.

Bomb threat charge reduced

January 28, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point resident Omari Powe is set to plead guilty to misdemeanor telephone harassment in the West Point Municipal Court after a motion by the state to reduce a felony false report of a bomb charge.
In late 2012, according to a previous article printed in the Daily Times Leader, a bomb threat was phoned in at the local Walmart Supercenter. After investigative efforts on behalf of the West Point Police Department, a suspect was named and arrested in connection to the alleged threat.

January 27th

Investigators keep ears to ground for new leads on 2011 shooting

January 27, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are on the lookout for new evidence to make an arrest on a 2011 armed robbery gone awry, along with several burglaries from the same year.
At about 4 p.m. March 40, 2011, West Point Police Department officers were dispatched to Morgan Street in response to a possible armed robbery.
The victim, according to an incident report, reported to responding officers an individual had allegedly approached him with a firearm zeroed in on him.

Training, attention affects Pit Bull demeanor

January 27, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Stories of violent Pit Bull attacks are a mainstay on popular mainstream media outlets. And although the cluster of breeds that make up the Pit Bull classification does have a grain of violence embedded in their essence, they are not always the vicious animals some might be quick to deem them.
"They're just like every other dog," said West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter (WPCCAS) Director Lisa Henley. "A lot of it depends on what kind of owners gets a hole of them. You're going to get any dog that you put into it."

January 24th

Supervisors approve land swap contract

January 24, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

A new fragment of land is soon to be under Clay County’s defined property per an agreement with B. Bryan Farms of West Point.
The request for the land swap is the product of a redesign as it pertains to the construction of Yokohama Boulevard.
Bob Marshall, board attorney, said the initial design of the additional arm of road, which will intersect Barton Ferry Road, utilized a “curve design.” However, the redesign will scrap the curve element and replace it with a “T intersection.”

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