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October 16th, 2014

Board appoints West Point water, light interim superintendent

October 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen announced the appointment retired city employee George Hinnant as the interim West Point Water and Light Superintendent at its meeting Tuesday.
The board voted to remove former superintendent Dwight Prisock from office on Sept. 10. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones served as interim superintendent until Hinnant’s appointment.

Local woman given probation for PTA theft

October 16, 2014

DTL staff

Jennifer Hamby, of West Point, was sentenced to five years probation for forgery Tuesday during the October Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge James Kitchens initially sentenced Hamby to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, but suspended the sentenced because she had no prior convictions.

Man charged with capital murder in death of infant

October 16, 2014

DTL staff

A Starkville man is facing a capital murder charge in the death of a Clay County child.
According to a statement issued by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested Charles T. Mullins, 18, of 734 New Light Road in Starkville on Oct. 9 on child abuse charges following an incident in Clay County the previous day.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said at 11:59 a.m. Oct. 8, 911 dispatchers received a call requesting ambulatory services in regard to an injured child at 9630 Griffith Road in western Clay County.

October 15th

VIDEO: SEC Commissioner Mike Slive To Retire In 2015

October 15, 2014

At a Tuesday press conference, Mike Slive announced that he will step down as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, effective July 31, 2015. Slive is the SEC’s seventh commissioner and has held the position since 2002, yet he told SECSports.com that recent health concerns have made him reevaluate his priorities. Slive said, “I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first."

WPHS looking to shed priority status

October 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point High School was classified as a priority school by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) three years ago, and school officials anticipate dropping that status after this school year.
According to MDE’s website, the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as schools with graduation rates below 60 percent, are classified as priority schools.

Arts Council plans Halloween gala

October 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Arts Council isn’t wasting any time in its new Louise Campbell Center for the Arts. The group has begun planning its first major event since the center’s grand opening last month.

Local gets 30 years for armed robbery

October 15, 2014

DTL staff

A local man was sentenced to more than 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections during Monday’s session of the Clay County Circuit Court term.
Johnny Edwards, 20, of West Point, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and burglary after originally pleading not guilty. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Edwards to serve 30 years for armed robbery, plus a $1,200 fine and $12,724 in restitution.
Coleman sentenced Edwards to seven years for burglary, but suspended five. Edwards will also be required to pay a $1,200 fine in that charge, and will spend a total of 32 years in MDOC.

October 14th

WPHS celebrates 'Teen Read Week'

October 14, 2014

BY DONNA SUMMERALL
life@dailytimesleader.com

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. West Point High School librarians, Anita Blackwell and Donna Foster are celebrating this year's event by encouraging students to visit the library during the week of Oct. 13-17. This year's theme is: "Turn Dreams into Reality."

Makin' Hay set for Saturday

October 14, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The city’s first ever Makin’ Hay festival is set to begin Saturday and final preparations are falling into place.
The festival, organized by the West Point Main Street Association, will feature old-fashioned carnival games such as pick up ducks, a bean bag toss, go fish — in which participants could win a live goldfish — and balloon darts. In addition to carnival games, the event will host a fall farmer’s market, complete with fall produce, merchandise and home-baked goods, as well as a hayride, which will travel through the downtown area.

Investigator's Corner

October 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information regarding a duo of alleged burglaries from late September, as well as two from back in the spring.
n On April 22, officers responded to the 600 block of North Eshman Avenue in reference to an alleged burglary. According to the incident report, first responders found a window broken out as though the perpetrator were attempting to take the air conditioner.

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