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April 9th, 2014

City sells delinquent tax notes

April 9, 2014

By Josh Presley

The city of West Point put more than $500,000 in delinquent property taxes on sale Monday at City Hall.
The total amount owed for the delinquent taxes was $546,867, which were initially due at the end of November of last year.
With a total of 934 parcels for sale and West Point City Clerk Delores Doss said 934 parcels of land were up for sale and all but five or six of the parcels were sold to different investors for a total of $425,840.
Doss said the sale began at 9 a.m. and ended at 12:45 p.m.

April 8th

GTRA operational despite substantial leak

April 8, 2014


LOWNDES COUNTY — The Golden Triangle Regional Airport had its share of plumbing issues Sunday, as a pipe disconnected amidst thunderstorms and left the terminal soaking wet.
According to Robin McCormick, West Point-Clay County representative on the GTRA Board of Directors, about 8:15 p.m. a drain pipe connected to the roof drain in the terminal “broke free,” causing rain from the roof to dump into the terminal. McCormick said the issue stemmed from a loose clamp that held the pipe in place to the drain.

Youth center grand opening set Thursday

April 8, 2014

By Josh Presley

The grand opening for the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Clay County Extension Director B.J. McClenton said the complex, located on Old Starkville Road in West Point, is meant to be a place for area kids to go and learn about the environment and ride horses, and there is also therapeutic riding for physically disabled children.

Supes suspend next four night meetings

April 8, 2014

By Josh Presley

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend the next four night meetings at its meeting on Tuesday. The subject of night meetings was not on the agenda.
The board had previously voted to hold five night meetings during the year for residents who are unable to attend the morning meetings.
Board President Floyd McKee first said the board took no action but later said he abstained from voting.
“The vote was after the executive session had ended and any other actions were supposed to be held until Thursday’s meeting,” McKee said.

April 7th

BREAKING: Supervisors suspend night meeting vote

April 7, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Board of Supervisors elected Monday to suspend a previous vote, which moved four of the county's board meetings — one per month for the next four months — to evening time slots.

The initial purpose of the vote was to allow Clay County residents who work during daylight hours an opportunity to view Supervisors' meetings without being forced to take off work. The meetings are presently held at 9 a.m. the first Monday and Thursday of each month, and were scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month until Monday's vote.

April 5th

SKW honors child abuse awareness

April 5, 2014

By Josh Presley

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and local businesses, homes and cars are sporting blue ribbons in honor of children who have suffered abuse.
Sally Kate Winters Child Services Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said the theme of this year’s awareness month is “Look, Listen, Respond.”
“We’ve been hanging blue ribbons on businesses and doors to spread awareness and get people asking questions,” Usry said. “Blue was chosen as the color for the ribbons because it represents the bruises that a victim may suffer.”

City swears in new officers

April 5, 2014

By Josh Presley

Three new officers with the West Point Police Department were sworn in Friday at City Hall.
New police officers Tyrone Haslett, Larry Boeke and Eric Johnson were sworn in by West Point City Clerk Delores Doss.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said there were more than 30 applicants for the police officer positions, which were narrowed down to 15 interviews.
“These were the ones we thought were best suited for the job,” Brinkley said. “We were impressed with their attitudes and maturity level.”

Growth Alliance prepares for 'Bunny Brunch'

April 5, 2014


The West Point Clay County Growth Alliance and local Main Street Association are looking to keep West Point hopping.
Beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, the organization will host its first ever “Bunny Brunch” at the Henry Clay Hotel on Commerce Street in West Point. Local children and their parents and guardians are invited to come share in treats of doughnut holes and milk and meet the one and only Easter Bunny.

Brooks kicks cancer

April 5, 2014

By Donna Summerall

Alonzo Brooks has fought a few battles as a martial arts instructor, but none so important as his fight with nasal cancer.
“January of 2012, I was having trouble with my ear,” said Brooks. “I went to the doctor who thought I was young to be having hearing problems. He couldn’t find any problem in my ear so he checked my nose, and found a tumor. It was malignant. I was 36 years old”

April 4th

‘Buddy Bench’ to help foster CH friendships

April 4, 2014

BY Josh Presley

A colorful new bench has been installed at Church Hill Elementary in an effort to combat loneliness among the students and foster friendships.
Church Hill Guidance Counselor Leslie Scott first read about the Buddy Bench, an idea created by a Pennsylvania second-grader, on social media and thought it would be a perfect addition to Church Hill.
“Two of the main things I teach are respect and empathy, and the Buddy Bench perfectly ties into both,” Scott said.

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