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December 24th

Holidays affect city, county services

December 24, 2013


City services (namely garbage collection days) will experience a slight lag as per the upcoming holidays, but Clay County garbage collection will continue as regularly scheduled.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said although the upcoming holidays present a slight delay, it will be “business as usual.”

December 20th

BREAKING: Director dismissed from Growth Alliance

December 20, 2013

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Cynthia Wilson, director of community development at the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance, was terminated from her position Friday morning following a vote from the Growth Alliance board.
Board President Dwight Dyess cited job performance in the Wilson's dismissal. Her termination is effective immediately.
Wilson joined the Growth Alliance in March 2011.

For more details, see Sunday's edition of Daily Times Leader.

Central School’s behavior program reaps good results

December 20, 2013

By Donna Summerall

Central School has implemented a new program; Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. The program encourages children to strive for better behavior with positive reinforcement. Central still strives toward academic success, but well-behaved children in the classroom can only improve the learning experience, according to Central School Principal Wynesther Cousins.

Yokohama blvd. bid awarded

December 20, 2013


Thursday was a big day for the Clay County Board of Supervisors. Although the agenda was light at Thursday's meeting, one bullet point stood out — bolded on the printed agenda, as a matter of fact. District supervisors opened bids for the extensive Yokohama Boulevard project scheduled to begin in the coming days.

December 19th

WPFD becoming more acquainted with EOC capabilities

December 19, 2013


Amidst the first moments following the initial strike of a catastrophic event, law enforcement and emergency response personnel are required to think without brevity whilst conducting themselves in accordance with the circumstance at hand. In a disaster situation, there is no room for pauses, and the staff at the West Point Fire Department has worked diligently to familiarize themselves with their new Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to beef up response time and thoroughness.

McGee honored with DARE award

December 19, 2013


West Point Police Department Drug Abuse Resistant Program (DARE) Officer Zate McGee makes it a point to keep in close contact with the community's youth. McGee's commitment to serving the younger populace in the city has been officially recognized by the Memphis, Tenn. DARE offices as a result of her unwavering devotion to providing assistance and knowledge to impressionable children.

December 17th

CCSD, MHP host Batson's toy drive

December 17, 2013


The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is working in conjunction with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other agencies in the state to help to ease the homesickness bed-ridden children at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children (BHC) may feel.
Beginning the week after Thanksgiving, CCSD DUI Patrol Officer Rick Haggard grabbed the torch and decided to head CCSD’s toy collection. Although it was later than he had initially hoped, the shear quantity of toys garnered thus far has provided a warm sensation in the hearts of CCSD staff.

City works on repairing Main Street

December 17, 2013

West Point street crews could be working to repair potholes left in the wake of a street overlay project as early as Wednesday.
According to Randy Jones, West Point chief administrative officer, the city elected to go with a relatively thin overlay when repaving Main Street in the spring, which had separated in places due to sharp temperature changes.

Police investigate burglaries: Bizarre pizza theft leaves investigators scratching heads after full year

December 17, 2013


Investigators are working the ins and outs of burglary cases from this year and the last.
According to West Point Police Department Chief of Investigations Albert Lee, Officers were dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. March 28 to the 400 block of Moore Avenue in regards to a possible burglary of a dwelling.

December 13th

'Memories' page promotes downtown

December 13, 2013


The landscape in West Point has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, but there are those in the community working to make sure the “good ol’ days” are not forgotten with the “Memories of growing up in West Point, MS” Facebook page.
It’s about more than nostalgia, though. Cynthia Wilson, director of the West Point Growth Alliance and page originator, said she hopes to use the page as a tool in promoting the community, particularly in the downtown area, to facilitate economic growth.

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