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November 5th, 2014
BY JOSH PRESLEY
One of the most important aspects of emergency management, as well as fire and rescue, is preparedness. In the spirit of preparedness, the West Point Fire Department undergoes a variety of training exercises throughout the year, and this month firefighters have focused on rope-rescue training.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard said rope rescue is a subset of technical rescues that involve the use of ropes, mechanical advantages and other specialized equipment to reach victims and safely recover them.
The November general election has come and gone, and the votes are in. The election saw voters cast their ballots in several state-wide and local elections.
In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) secured his seat for another term with 58.74 percent of the statewide vote to Travis Childersâ€™ (D-Booneville) 38.97 percent. Despite losing the state, Childers won Clay County with 56.13 percent of the vote to Cochranâ€™s 42.82 percent.
Bloomberg â€” Eurasia Group's Corey Boles, Bloomberg Business Week's Josh Green and Bloomberg's Peter Cook discuss the midterm elections with Bloomberg's Mark Crumpton on "Bottom Line."
JACKSON â€” The Mississippi secretary of state's office reported few problems with voting around the state by late morning.
The agency says it has received about 145 calls, mostly regarding minor issues with voting machines and general election questions.
Mechanical problems with some election-related technology were reported in Harrison, Hinds and Washington counties, but officials say votes are being counted.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the election is running smoothly.
Polls close at 7 p.m.
A local candidate for circuit court judge owes the Internal Revenue Service more than half a million dollars, according to Lowndes County Chancery Court documents.
Monique Brooks-Montgomery, originally from Columbus and now of West Point, is on the ballot for Circuit Court Judge District 16 Place 3. District 16 covers Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties. Montgomery is running against incumbent Lee Coleman, who is serving his first term.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) conducted an inspection of the Clay County Detention Center in October. According to the report issued to the Clay County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Monday, the jail had seven minor deficiencies.
According to the deficiencies included no hot water in certain cells, low water pressure in sinks, low water pressure in showers, torn mattresses and lack of plastic covering on one mattress.
West Point Police Department investigators are searching for leads after an alleged early morning robbery Thursday.
According to the incident report, about 4 a.m. Thursday a WPPD officer on routine patrol noticed the front door entrance of Point City Drugs on Highway 45 North had been busted in. The officer made sure the building was secure and notified an investigator.
Upon further inspection, investigators noticed the switch box on the back of the building had been tampered with, and that a concrete block or brick was used to break a window to gain entrance.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
With many citizens' minds on Ebola and ISIS, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) is tasked not only with reducing the state's vulnerability to disaster, but also to make sure the information citizens receive is correct.
MOHS Executive Director Rusty Barnes visited the West Point Rotary Club Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point, and addressed some of the concerns citizens may have.
BY DONNA SUMMERALL
The Bryan Public Library in West Point has added another service to benefit patrons of the library. A Book Nook has been added as an alternative to the yearly book sales. Books in the Book Nook are for sale, children's books 6 for $1 and all other books $1 each. The books come from generous donations by the public and books that are removed from library circulation.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Election Day is just around the corner, and Clay County residents had the opportunity for some face time with many of the local candidates Tuesday night at West Point City Hall.
The Clay County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority hosted a â€śMeet the Candidatesâ€ť forum for local residents to be able to make informed choices when heading to the polls on Nov. 4.
Delta Sigma Theta member Carolyn Poston, who serves as chairwoman for the sororityâ€™s social action committee, said the sorority tries to host forums like this for every election.