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January 26th, 2013
So theyâ€™ve given their opening arguments, put witnesses on the stand, entered photos and materials into evidence and examined each and every person called to testify. But sometimes prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys need one last chance to convince the 12-member jury the defendant is guilty or not guilty of committing a crime.
Thatâ€™s where closing arguments come in.
Not many would argue that West Point is not one of the most artistically rich communities in north Mississippi.
It is not just the citizenryâ€™s love for art that drives events like the Prairie Arts Festival each fall. Itâ€™s the literal raw talent that so many in the community possess and express.
The unique blend of paintings, drawings, potteries, films, music etc. drive the love of art in this town.
It has also driven the West Point/Clay County Arts Council to start the first â€śArt Walkâ€ť in West Point.
What has happened to our nation? Why has gun violence gotten so out of control? Is it the lack of prayer, federal laws that are way too lenient, a lack of parental control â€“ what could it be?
Whatever it is that is causing an increase in gun violence it is also causing the federal government to pay much closer attention and has prompted federal officials to take immediate action before incidents of gun violence escalate beyond the control of authorities.
The last legislative session at the state capitol was marked by the failure to get a charter schools bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
Since that time, the largely Republican-backed education agenda has been at the forefront of just about every major speech delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The party and the supporters of charter schools made it their mission to galvanize support and get the bill, not only to the floor for a vote this session, but to also get it passed.
District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the stateâ€™s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in â€śfailingâ€ť school districts to have new opportunities in education.
â€śThe current bill is going to be very limited,â€ť Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. â€śIt will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.â€ť
It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand â€śschool choiceâ€ť for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.
West Point author, Bobby Cole was happy to share his latest novel, â€śMoon Underfootâ€ť a sequel to â€śThe Dummy Line,â€ť at Wednesdayâ€™s Luncheon with Books.
This is Coleâ€™s second offering at Luncheon with Books. He was guest speaker February 2009, when he talked about his first published novel, â€śThe Dummy Line.â€ť Cole has since written a book called â€śRent a Muleâ€ť that should be available in the Fall.
District 16 Senator Angela Turner, (right), was sworn in on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, taking the same seat that was held by her father, the former Senator Bennie L. Turner, who held the seat from 1993, until his passing on November 27, 2012. Her mother, Edna Turner, is holding the Bible. Senator Angela Turner was well received by fellow members and has said that she will begin immediately to attend committee meetings and participate in the budget process. See more on page 5. Submitted Photo
Today the Daily Times Leader is proud to launch a new weekly newspaper feature, which shares the opinions and viewpoints of Clay County residents and residents in surrounding counties on different things happening locally, statewide or nationally. We hope you as readers will enjoy this new feature, as we wanted to bring you one through which youâ€™re able to hear from your friends, neighbors and fellowmen on occurrences that have a major affect on them and perhaps have an affect on you. Check out the So whatcha think, West Point?
One adult and three juveniles are now in the custody of the Clay County Detention Center after allegedly being involved in an armed robbery incident that the victims say took place on Grove Street.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday night, West Point police were dispatched to Grove Street and spoke with two men, who reported to officers that four male subjects who all had guns approached them and started making demands for goods.