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April 16th, 2014

County schools cited in audit

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor has released the Clay County School District annual financial audit for the year ending June 30.
The audit found that West Clay Elementary School Principal Helen Kennard took office without a proper surety bond.
According to, a surety bond guarantees the principal will act in accordance with certain laws. If the principal fails to perform in this manner, the bond will cover resulting damages or losses.

April 15th

Friends of BPL welcome local author to LWB

April 15, 2014

By Donna Summerall

Columbus author Deborah Johnson is bringing her latest novel to the Luncheon with Books at noon, April 24 at the Bryan Public Library in West Point.
In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Johnson takes her readers back in time to witness Mississippi in the wake of World War II.

WPCCAC plans inaugural ‘Art Walk’ for May

April 15, 2014


The West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) has been a particularly busy group in recent weeks, as it prepares for the inaugural Art Walk.

Wreck closes Soco pumps

April 15, 2014

By Josh Presley

A man crashed his car into a gas pump Sunday morning at the Soco Chevron Truck Stop in West Point.
West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee said the WPPD is withholding the man’s identity pending investigation.
McGee said the man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 45 in a Mercury Grand Marquis coming in to West Point.
“The man said he saw the sign that said ‘Welcome to West Point’ and the next thing he remembered was someone pulling him out of the car,” McGee said.

April 10th

City officials urge residents to exercise caution when placing signs, digging

April 10, 2014

By Josh Presley

The city of West Point wants residents to be careful putting up signs and digging holes.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said that West Point and Clay County residents should know that putting up yard sale signs anywhere but their own property is illegal.
“These yard sale signs are really a pain,” Jones said. “We certainly like for people to have yard sales but technically you’re only supposed to have two a year, and we’re not having flea markets in people’s front yards.”

WP revisits employee residency

April 10, 2014

By Josh Presley

The West Point Board of Selectmen is no longer requiring city employees that aren’t department heads to be permanent residents of Clay County.
The previous city personnel policy said that all full-time regular, probationary and supervisory employees of the city of West Point must be permanent residents of Clay County.
The board voted 3-2 to pass an action that now requires only city department heads be permanent residents of the county.

OHA coach lands post at Heritage

April 10, 2014

By Will Nations

COLUMBUS — Barrett Donahoe, Heritage Academy’s head football coach and athletic director, texted Stan Hughey late Tuesday afternoon and asked a question: “Do you feel like a Patriot yet?”
Hughey simply answered, “Yes.”
Hughey’s commute may get a little longer, but the veteran and well-known MAIS basketball coach was named the new Heritage assistant athletic director and girls’ basketball coach for the junior high and high school teams, which was made official Wednesday morning.

Woman charged in infant death

April 10, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point woman is facing capital murder charges, following the death of her infant son.
Clay County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brittania Smith, 24, or 904 Hillside Park in West Poing Monday after results from a Mississippi Crime Lab autopsy allegedly confirmed 2-month-old Brinston Smith had ingested a lethal dose of prescription codeine. The death was ruled a homicide.

April 9th

BREAKING: Woman charged with murder of infant son

April 9, 2014

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department Investigators have arrested and charged Brittania Smith, age 24, of 904 Hillside Park, West Point with capital murder. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott stated the arrest stemmed from the death of her 2 month old infant son, Brinston Smith. Scott said authorities were notified on Monday, April 7th by the Mississippi Crime Lab that the child had died from a lethal dose of codeine and has been ruled a homicide. Smith is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Jail awaiting an arraignment in Clay County Justice Court.

Local children march in annual child abuse prevention parade

April 9, 2014

By Josh Presley

Sally Kate Winters Family Services hosted its annual Child Abuse Prevention Parade Tuesday in downtown West Point.
The children lined up in front of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance on Broad Street, then went down Commerce Street over to Market Street and ended on East Street to make a block around Sally Kate Winters Park.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley led the parade, followed by a truck from the West Point Fire Department.

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