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February 19th, 2014

MBN makes Oktibbeha arrest in drug ring

February 19, 2014

DTL staff

Agents over the three-day weekend arrested a Texas man in Mississippi in connection with the seizure of about $100,000 in cocaine, interim Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Samuel W. Owens said Tuesday.
Charles A. Skelly, 25, of Houston, Texas, faces one count of possession of a kilogram of cocaine with intent to distribute, Director Owens said.

City set on HOME grant app

February 19, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The window of time open for West Point residents to submit applications to the city in hopes of obtaining assistance to rebuild their homes has come and gone, and now West Point has taken it to the next step in the process. The city was set this week to submit its application to the Mississippi Development Authority — just shy of the Feb. 20 deadline — for the consideration of a HOME grant.

February 18th

Shared GTR Airport seat forthcoming

February 18, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Another step has been made in the ongoing effort on behalf of West Point and Clay County to share a seat on the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) Board of Directors.
Mike Hainsey, GTRA executive director, said all five entities on the board — West Point, Starkville, Columbus, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties — are required to adopt a resolution of intention to approve the split chair. Oktibbeha, Hainsey said, adopted its resolution of intention Monday. Lowndes County adopted its resolution of intention Friday.

December revenues see increase

February 18, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The numbers for December are in, and they’re saying good things. According to the city’s most recent tax revenue report, West Point’s sales tax revenue jumped to $209,310.64 compared to last year’s sales tax total of $204,129.48 for a $5,181.16 (2 percent) increase.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said although he was hopeful for a larger increase, he was still satisfied with the numbers.

February 17th

New cases keep investigators on toes

February 17, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department (WPPD) investigators have a fresh set of cases on the record book. Investigators are working diligently to identify suspects in a February armed robbery as well the theft of an outdoor air conditioning unit.
A about 10:50 p.m. Feb. 7, WPPD officers responded to the 800 block of 6th Street in response to a possible armed robbery.
According to WPPD Chief of Investigations, two individuals were seated in a vehicle outside as they prepared to leave a residence.

February 14th

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

February 14, 2014

DTL staff

Two West Point men were arrested Wednesday evening after a traffic stop conducted by a West Point Police Department (WPPD) patrol officer on Broad Street turned into a drug arrest.

According to a police report provided by the WPPD, a vehicle with a “blown headlight” was spotted driving north on Broad Street by a WPPD patrol unit. The officer turned on the patrol car’s emergency lights and proceeded to conduct a routine traffic stop.

Letters of Love

February 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Every great love story starts somewhere. For Bill Moon and the former Etta Florence Langford, it began in the pages of the West Point Times Leader — later known as Daily Times Leader — back in 1944.

WP couple honors 65 years bliss

February 14, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Some love stories last a lifetime. Richard and Ruth Alice Echols of West Point are still together after 65 years of marriage.

In this day and age of no – fault divorce, couples who make it to their silver anniversaries are rare, but to still be together after 65 years is something well worth celebrating.

King appointed as new WPSD board member

February 14, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Come March 1, West Point local Shay King will be an official member of the West Point School District’s Board of Trustees.

West Point Ward 5 Selectman Gary Dedeaux made the motion to appoint King as a school board member Tuesday during the Board of Selectmen’s regularly scheduled meeting. However, Dedeaux’s motion followed a motion by Ward 1 Selectman Linda Hannah, who said she would like to reappoint current WPSD Board Member Diane Jack. Hannah’s motion, unlike Dedeaux’s, did not receive a second.

Man arrested for burglary of dwelling

February 14, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point resident Jimmy Putt, 26, was recently arrested in connection with a burglary of a dwelling located on Old White Road South.

According to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley, at about 8 p.m. Feb. 10, officers were dispatched to Old White Road South regarding a possible breaking and entering in progress.

Per a police report provided by the West Point Police Department, Putt allegedly gained entry into the residence “by forcible means,” but later fled into a wooded area a short distance from the residence.

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