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October 24th, 2012
WEST POINT, â€“ The LINK is unveiling the regionâ€™s newest megasite, the Prairie Belt Powersite. The event will be held Tuesday, October 30, at 5:30 pm at The Civic, 130 6th Street, West Point. This event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend to support West Point-Clay Countyâ€™s economic development efforts.
Located in West Point, Mississippi, the Powersite is south of Hazelwood road, approximately three miles east of U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. This site is the first master planned, industrial megasite in Clay County.
The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority has hit its first bump in the road, but Clay Countyâ€™s economic development team will not be affected by a delay created at this weekâ€™s Starkville City Council meeting.
â€śEverything in Clay County is on track,â€ť said Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK. Clay County has been in contract with the LINK since the Spring, and Higginsâ€™ team has been working to bring industry into Clay County since then.
The October 2012 term of Clay County Circuit Court concluded Thursday afternoon after several more sentencing orders were entered and after a few more cases were continued to the January 2013 and April 2013 terms of court.
The following pleas and sentences were handed down as of Oct. 9, 2012:
Former Lee County Correctional Officer Dustin Tutor of Mantachie joins the West Point Police Department staff as a patrol officer who holds an associateâ€™s degree in Criminal Justice and brings along several years of law enforcement experience.
Brad Morris says that Congress has dropped the ball when it comes to helping the Middle Class and working families of Mississippi and the nation.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic candidate for Congressional District One made a stop-off in West Point to speak with potential constituents about issues and make it known that if elected he intends to reverse many of the policies that he says have stagnated our economy.
â€śCongress is broken,â€ť Morris said. â€śThis particular congress has dropped the ball, and it has turned its back on Middle Class and working families.â€ť
With just a few days left before voter registration deadline, Clay County District 4 Election Commissioner Wendy Fuller says that there should be a good turnout on November 6.
â€śWeâ€™re expecting an 80 percent turnout,â€ť Fuller, who also serves as county chairperson on the election commission. â€śWeâ€™re getting prepared for it every day.â€ť
Fuller says that two weeks ago, the county was as many as 500 registered voters up from the last major election. She says that number fluctuates from year-to-year due to people moving, but she says she expects that number is growing daily.
The first in a string of presidential debates is a good indicator that election day is right around the corner.
That also means that there are only a few more days to register to vote and be eligible for the November 6 election. District 4 Election Commissioner and County Chairman Wendy Fuller is encouraging everyone who has not registered to do so as soon as possible.
â€śThe deadline is Saturday, and the courthouse will be open,â€ť Fuller said on Tuesday morning.
Many experts say that the most important years in a childâ€™s life are from the time of birth until the age of five.
Unfortunately, many children do not receive the nurturing and education they need to prepare them for Kindergarten and life after the age of five. That is why Excel by 5 was launched in 2004.
Excel by 5 is designed to equip communities with the knowledge and resources needed to prepare kids under the age of five for that next big step in life.
West Point city officials and the Mississippi Department of Health have confirmed one case of West Nile virus in West Point.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said a resident in the Northwood Forest area has contracted the virus.
Citizens of West Point and Clay County are urged to drain all items around their homes that is holding standing water and use mosquito repellant with deet to protect against the virus.
City officials will continue spraying five days a week for mosquitoes as they have been over the past couple of weeks.Â
â€śWe want jobs! We want jobs!â€ť
This unanimous chant can almost be heard loudly around West Point and Clay County by residents who are ready to see their town bustling again with hundreds of new jobs, hanging on to hope that someday soon their prayers of abundant job opportunities will become reality.
And with Saturday's passing of the proposed one percent tax increase on restaurants and hotels, there's even more pressure placed on the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance and the Columbus/Lowndes Development LINK to bring new, steady jobs to West Point and Clay County.