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August 23rd, 2013

WPSD hoping to build on last year’s test score growth

August 23, 2013

Not all of the accountability results are in from the Mississippi State Department of Education, but preliminary raw data released this week suggests that the West Point School District will see growth from the 2012-2013 school year.

“We saw growth in every one of our schools,” said WPSD Testing Coordinator Kristopher Hollis. “We saw growth in our MCT testing and our Subject Area Testing.”

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August 22nd

Local group advocates smoke-free West Point

August 22, 2013

Everyone wants the healthiest environment for their children. For this reason, Stephanie Collier project director of Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, wants to help make West Point a smoke-free community. The Tobacco Free Coalition met Wednesday morning at the Bryan Public Library to talk to community leaders, business owners and people who would like to work with the Tobacco Free Coalition. Collier wants to bring a non-smoking ordinance to West Point, much like the one in place in Tupelo and Starkville.

‘A long journey’ - Filming on 'OzLand' set to being in Kansas next week

August 22, 2013

The town of Minneola, Kansas is not too unlike West Point.

It was the differences in landscape and architecture which led hometown filmmaker Michael Williams to the midwestern town this summer.

Williams and his film crew were scouting for a location to film his first feature-length movie, “OzLand.”

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PSC promotes small business start incentives

August 22, 2013

Some 90 percent of small businesses fail within the first year of operation. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is working to help shave that number down through a small business incentive program which partners with energy providers to offer discounts on deposits and utility bills.

Longmire addresses Civitan membership

August 22, 2013

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club hosted John Longmire area director Mississippi North District Civitans.

Longmire is no stranger to the West Point club, he has visited many times previously and is always warmly welcomed.

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August 21st

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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