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February 13th, 2015

City hires Water and Light manager

February 13, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city has operated without a full-time Water and Light Operations Manager since Dwight Prisock's dismissal in September. The West Point Board of Selectmen selected a permanent replacement at its meeting Tuesday.
The board unanimously voted Marion "Boodro" Marsac as the new full-time West Point Water and Light Operations Manager. Mayor Robbie Robinson said Marsac had worked with the Water and Light Department for about 25 years.

February 11th

Supes OK maintenance deal

February 11, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mindful of this year's election cycle, the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted on a new maintenance agreement for the county's voting machines at a recessed meeting Tuesday.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said the county's voting machines were purchased in 2005, and were prone to malfunction at times.
"They take out all the time, and with this year's upcoming election — which has the longest ballot of any in the four-year cycle — we need them all to be on point," Harrell said.

Mansfield resumes work on mural

February 11, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Deborah Mansfield of Deborah Mansfield Decorative Painting in West Point, has resumed work on the next mural created for downtown. Mansfield donates her own time and creativity to bring beauty to West Point. The newest mural should be finished in two weeks, if the weather is agreeable.

Ext. Service to offer business tips

February 11, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Local business owners looking to brush up on their technology skills will have a new option beginning tomorrow.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service will partner with the Mississippi Main Street Association and Mississippi Development Authority's Entrepreneur Center to deliver four free "webinar" sessions related to business development.
The webinars will be hosted at noon on the second Thursday of each month from February until May at the Clay County MSU Extension Service office on Broad Street.

Statewide tornado drill set for Wed.

February 11, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. today, and local officials urge residents to participate in the drill with the goal of helping everyone learn life-saving rules.
Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard said one of the most important things in being prepared for severe weather is having a plan.
"Tornadoes are quick and may occur with little advance warning, so don't wait until the tornado is at your doorstep," Blissard said.

February 10th

Weekend crash causes power outage

February 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader

An early morning wreck left four residents without power and damaged power, cable and water lines Saturday in West Point.
According to the incident report, Justin Crawford, of West Point, ran through a stop sign, fire hydrant and eventually two power poles at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Calhoun Street. The power pole broke into four parts and a piece landed on top of the car.

Valentine Bake Sale slated for Friday

February 10, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Friends of the Library will host its 6th annual Valentine Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Bryan Public Library in West Point. The fundraiser for the BPL Summer Reading Program will offer sweet treats with a valentine theme.
“We've been having the bake sale for six years now,” Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends of the Library said. “We hope all the members of Friends and those who just want to support the library and the Summer Reading Program will donate baked goodies to sell.”

February 9th

Nunnelee dies in Tupelo home

February 9, 2015

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Just one week after staff members confirmed that U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) had elected to seek hospice care within his home for an inoperable brain tumor, came the news that the congressman had died.
Elizabeth Parks, spokeswoman for the congressman, issued a statement on behalf of the Nunnelee family Friday afternoon which read simply, “Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed.”

Coroner's office gets an upgrade

February 9, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A coroner's job is, essentially, to deal with death. The coroner is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death, and communicating with law enforcement and families.
Alvin Carter, Jr., who also owns and operates Carter's Mortuary Service in West Point, has been the Clay County Coroner since 2002. He said that throughout the last couple years he's made an effort to modernize the department.

Art students create tribute to Brown

February 9, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader

Sabrina Campbell's art class at West Point High School, much like the entire West Point School District, is mourning the loss of classmate Henry Brown. Brown, 18 of West Point, died Wednesday of respiratory complications due to Down's Syndrome.The class created a tribute and presented it to Brown's family at visitation Friday night at Calvary Baptist Church.

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