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August 21st, 2013

Local housing market down some, still stable

August 21, 2013

While residential construction nationwide has increased during the last year, and even in the last month — up 5.9 percent in July — West Point and Clay County haven’t necessarily followed the same trend.

Ben Perry Green, senior vice president for the lending division of Renasant Bank in West Point, said new residential construction lending at his establishment was steady but “certainly not booming.”

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WPCCAS combating population problem

August 21, 2013

Beginning its third year of operation, the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter has made an enormous impact on the number of unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized. As one of only two “No-Kill” shelters in Northeast Mississippi, the WPCCAS offers a haven for unwanted animals until they can be adopted.

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Broad Street train tracks to undergo lengthy renovation

August 21, 2013

Residents of West Point might experience a smoother ride the next time they travel over the train tracks on Broad Street.

The Kansas City-Southern railroad crossing is being renovated to fix the rails and crossties of the track, according to Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones.

Permanent fixtures will be introduced within the next four to six months, but temporary fixtures will suffice for right now, he said.

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Annual rodeo wrangles money for WPJA

August 21, 2013

The Junior Auxiliary of West Point’s annual rodeo benefit has come and gone, but not before giving back to the community. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the West Point Fire Department presented the Junior Auxiliary with a check for $4,500 from this year’s event.

The benefit, which is sponsored by Junior Auxiliary, the fire department and Lummus Rodeo Productions, brings people and families to the West Point area for fun and entertainment.

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August 20th

Residents propose ‘Bark Park’ for pets

August 20, 2013

Dog lovers in West Point could have something new to look forward to in the form of a new dog park if a group of residents have their way. West Point resident Sherry Jeffcoat said she had recently circulated a petition with about 100 signatures and growing to show community support for a “Bark Park” similar to those found in Starkville, Columbus and Tupelo. It’s an amenity she said was sorely needed in West Point.

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Daily Times Leader welcomes new staff

August 20, 2013

There have been big changes at the Daily Times Leader this month.

The five-day daily has welcomed new Managing Editor Mary Garrison to lead the newspaper staff, which added Kate Moser as its general assignment reporter on Monday.

“I'm excited about the potential of both Daily Times Leader and the West Point community,” Garrison said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know this community and becoming a part of it, as well.”

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August 19th

Community bids farewell to local civil rights legend

August 19, 2013

West Point wsa forced to say goodbye to one its most prominent citizens, John Jackson.

Jackson, 90, died Tuesday at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. Services were held Friday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in West Point.

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Local man arrested on sexual battery

August 19, 2013

A West Point man suspected of three counts of sexual battery was released from jail Friday after posting $75,000 bond, according to Starkville police.

A police department press release said Starkville officers arrested 27-year-old Lamarcus Antonio Brown, whose last known address is 865 Hawkins Trail, Lot G, in West Point, and booked him in Clay County jail. Starkville Municipal Judge Rodney Faver set Brown’s bond.

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Vandenbranden makes ‘Digital Impact’ on West Point

August 19, 2013

People constantly complain about having to travel out of town to buy things. If you need a new computer, laptop, router, an upgrade, or anything computer related, residents can find it at Digital Impact’s new location at 301 E. Main St.

“The new location is great, it is so pleasant for our customers. The building is the perfect size,” said Jennifer Harper, an employee at Digital Impact. “I love that it’s easy to see from the intersection of Main St. and Commerce.”

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August 16th

City approves funding for Yokohama

August 16, 2013

The Yokohama Tire Company’s Clay County project is set to bring hundreds of jobs and scores of economic opportunities to the region over the next decade. The project, however, must be paid for in order for operations to begin, and the city of West Point is doing its part in bringing in funding for the deal through partnerships with organizations like the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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