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September 4th, 2013

Locals brace for open carry impact

September 4, 2013

Editor’s note: An incomplete version of this story was inadvertantly printed in Tuesday’s edition of Daily Times Leader. It has been reprinted below, in its entirety.

After two months in limbo, Mississippi Supreme Court judges unanimously voted last week to uphold the state’s proposed open carry law, which enables any adult legally allowed to own a firearm or weapon to carry one openly without a permit.

September 3rd

Locals brace for open carry impact

September 3, 2013

After two months in limbo, Mississippi Supreme Court judges unanimously voted last week to uphold the state’s proposed open carry law, which enables any adult legally allowed to own a firearm or weapon to carry one openly without a permit.

August 30th

Shoplifting not ‘easy’ crime

August 30, 2013

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Protection, one in 11 people are shoplifters.

West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that the department averages seven to 12 arrests per week in shoplifting cases.

“These are the individuals who are caught, arrested and waiting to go to court,” Brinkley said.

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EMCC helps prepare for workforce

August 30, 2013

With Yokohama Tires coming to the Clay County area soon, East Mississippi Community College is helping residents get ready for the workforce.

EMCC's West Point and Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew are offering courses and tests that will prepare anyone with the skills and knowledge they need to work in technical and manufacturing jobs.

The West Point campus offers basic skills classes, the Workkeys test, manufacturing and technical classes, according to Workforce Specialist Mitzi Thompson.

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August 29th

County millage to drop

August 29, 2013

Residents of the five districts in Clay County will be seeing a decrease in their district's millage rates.

The figures were outlined in Clay County's 2013-2014 budget, which will be adopted by the Board of Supervisors at a hearing on Sept. 13.

The residents of each district will be asked to pay a separate tax, which is added to the county rate based on “whatever debt has been issued by the supervisor,” Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said.

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Businesses prepare for Prairie Arts

August 29, 2013

West Point businesses are buzzing with activity in preparation for the 35th Prairie Arts Festival. Some shops have been part of the festival since its inception, but others have only been around for a year or so.

The Salon and Boutique, formerly The Salon on Main, has a great location to be part of the festival. In its large building across from the Bryan Public Library, the business plans to have a full crew working at both the hair salon and fashion shop. Hair stylist Lauren Bohon said she is excited about the upcoming weekend.

Clay County 2013-14 budget finalized, set for adoption

August 29, 2013

The 2013-2014 budget for Clay County has been finalized by the Clay County Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, the board met to look through the budget and will hold a hearing on Sept. 13 to adopt the budget.

The millage rates from last year’s budget have either increased or decreased, based on “needs,” Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said.

A millage of $1.00 was added to this year’s budget for East Mississippi Community College’s Capital Campaign.

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August 28th

Clay County considers RV park

August 28, 2013

The Clay County Board of Supervisors are reviewing options to decide if an RV and manufactured home park should be built within the county to accommodate the influx of construction workers building the Yokohama Tires plant.

On Tuesday, the board met to discuss the ordinance that was drafted and hear any concerns from those community members present.

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Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival set to begin Friday

August 28, 2013

Blues aficionados are solidifying plans to make the journey to the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival Friday night at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“We are counting the days to one of the biggest weekends in West Point,” said Richard Ramsey program director of the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival. “Howlin’ Wolf Festival Friday night at the old Mary Holmes Gymnasium and the Prairie Arts Festival downtown all day Saturday.”

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August 26th

AMR bugs spark billing concerns

August 26, 2013

West Point Water and Light customers may have received something of a shock upon opening recent utility bills. Transmission errors during the city’s conversion to a digital Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system, in which meters are designed to digitally collect consumption information for transfer to a central database for billing, in a handful of new meters citywide have raised concerns from a number of residents.

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