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March 17th, 2015

Safe Routes to School moves forward

March 17, 2015


Two West Point schools are set to receive new or improved sidewalks as part of $563,000 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program grant.
The national SRTS program began in 1997 as part of a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among children walking and bicycling to school.

March 16th

National Safe Place Week under way

March 16, 2015


Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point will team up with the National Safe Place organization (NSP) to dedicate March 15-21 as National Safe Place Week.
NSP is an outreach and prevention program designed to provide immediate safety and access to services for any youth in need. An estimated 1.7 and 2.8 million runaway and homeless youth live and survive without a dependable place to call home each year, according to the National Safe Place organization.

NMMC hires new administrator

March 16, 2015

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North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point announced this week that Barry L. Keel has accepted the position as the hospital’s administrator effective March 2. 
According to a statement released to media, Keel, an Alabama native, comes to NMMC-West Point from Bay Medical Center – Sacred Heart Health System, a 323-bed hospital in Panama City, Fla., where he served as chief executive officer.

March 12th

Johnson shares Alzheimers information with Pilot Club

March 12, 2015

By Donna Summerall

The Pilot Club of West Point invited Brenda Johnson to speak Tuesday night at the club meeting at the Henry Clay Retirement Center dining room.
“We are so happy to have Brenda Johnson with us tonight,” Jeannie Johnson, member of the club. “As Pilots we are involved with brain related disorders and injuries and this is Brain Awareness month. Brenda has seen Alzheimers first hand and is the perfect person to talk about it.”

March 11th

Chick with four legs born in Cedar Bluff

March 11, 2015


Walter and Reesie Quinn of Cedar Bluff have been raising chickens at their home for at least 30 years. Walter Quinn said he had never seen a chicken like the one who hatched from his incubator last Friday.
“I've been around chickens my whole life,” Quinn said. “My mother raised chickens and almost my entire family raise chickens. But I had never seen one with four legs before.”

March 10th

Wrapping up the yard sale

March 10, 2015


Residents of the Henry Clay Retirement Center (HCRC) in West Point are wrapping up another successful fundraiser. The Henry Clay yard sale began Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and ended Monday at 5 p.m. The residents set up tables in the parlor, arranged the merchandise and took care of the customers who came in during the 3 – day sale.

March 9th

Searching for historical roots at the library

March 9, 2015


James Murphy, with his wife Vicki, are tracing the roots of the Restoration Movement of the Christian Church. They are in West Point from Montgomery, Ala. The search has taken the couple through the counties of Chickasaw, Monroe, Clay and Lowndes in Mississippi. The quest for information brought them to the Bryan Public Library Lucille Millier Local History Room.

Blues festival refocuses

March 9, 2015


The Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is an institution for West Point, and festival coordinators are looking to refocus the event for it's 20th year. This year's festival, retitled the Black Prairie Blues Festival, will honor not only West Point native Howlin' Wolf, but also other blues artists from the region.
The Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF) took over management of the festival and the Howlin' Wolf Blues Society last year. PBBF President Milton Sundbeck said the organization wished to make the festival more inclusive.

'Ozland' on the road

March 9, 2015


Since "OzLand" had its local premiere in September, director Michael Williams has taken the movie on the road to various screenings and film festivals in Mississippi.
Williams screened the movie in five cities in the region, including stops at the Magnolia Film Festival (MagFest) and the Oxford Film Festival.
"I'm glad we only picked five cities," Williams said. "There was so much work involved in organizing the screenings, but I'm happy we got the movie out there to an audience."

March 6th

Former MBI member addresses Civitans

March 6, 2015

Former MBI member addresses Civitans

Jimmy Edwards, retired member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Miss. Bureau of Investigation, now employed with Akal Security was invited to speak at the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club by Bill Ladd.

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