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February 14th, 2013

Town Creek Farm operation grows, prepares for fall cattle sale

February 14, 2013

Two weeks ago, the West Point annual banquet was held under the theme “Our Secrets Revealed.” The idea being that West Point has tons of history and scores of new opportunities for the future.
Aside from our contributions to the arts and being the home of renowned businesses like Southern Ionics and Mossy Oak, West Point is also home to nearly 200 of arguably the best cattle in the state.

February 13th

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2013

Area florists and gift shops are ready for today’s Valentine deliveries of balloons, stuffed animals, candy and flowers. At Petal Pushers, Barbara Reed takes an order for Valentines Day gifts from Kelsey Malone. Photo by Donna Summerall

Jones becomes first African American city judge

February 13, 2013

It was a proud and humbling moment Tuesday night for longtime West Point attorney Bennie Jones, who received a hearty round of applause after the city of West Point hired him as the first African American Municipal Court Judge.
The decision by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectman came just one week after current Municipal Court Judge Mark Cliett submitted a letter to the board stating he would be stepping down as judge effective February 28.

City passes resolution in support of D.A.R.E.

February 13, 2013

Few people would argue that a program aimed at keeping children from abusing drugs and alcohol is not a great initiative, but unfortunately some such programs on the local level just don’t have the funding it needs.
That includes the West Point Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which currently receives funding only from fundraising activities and West Point’s Prairie Opportunity Center.

February 12th

Clay County to run five of the six District 36 candidates

February 12, 2013

The time to qualify to run for the vacant House District 36 seat has passed.
Tuesday was the final day that eligible citizens in the had the opportunity to file qualifying papers, and the day closed with the already half dozen candidates that had filed by late last week.
It is still a healthy group that is running, and Clay County dominates the pack with five of the six candidates.

Public safety law should go into effect in July

February 12, 2013

Mississippi drivers who do not possess liability insurance on their vehicles may have to pay one way or the other starting July 1.
House District 37 Representative Gary Chism said on Monday morning that the Public Safety Verification Enforcement bill that he has supported for years is supposed to go into effect and if so will result in fines for drivers in the state that refuse to comply with purchasing the insurance.
In the event of a car accident, liability covers costs to the victim and that person’s property who is not at fault.

Gas tax proposal likely not to pass into law

February 12, 2013

House District 37 Representative Gary Chism brought a little relief to Mississippi drivers on Monday morning when he told Clay County citizens that a recently proposed gasoline tax hike would likely not pass into law.
“Republicans don’t believe in increasing taxes,” Chism told citizens at West Point’s City Hall. “But there are some Rhinos, Republicans in name only.”
Chism is speaking of Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner for Mississippi’s Central District and Hall’s proposal of a 10 cent increase on the already existing 18.4 cent tax drivers pay when they fill up their tanks.

WPPD receives digital fingerprint system

February 12, 2013

The old-fashioned method of getting fingerprints from an alleged criminal is fast becoming extinct, as most law enforcement agencies are turning to a quicker, more beneficial fingerprint collection system.
Just last week the West Point Police Department rolled out a new Cross Match Live Print Scanner, which automatically scans a person’s fingerprints without any sticky ink or paper involved.
West Point Chief of Police Tim Brinkley said for years the WPPD used the ink and roller to collect and process prints, but things are now changing for the better.

Noontime Tunes returns

February 12, 2013

Suzie Marshall (standing) and Susan Moore prepare to play this Wednesday at Noontime Tunes at the Library. The two will be accompanied by Hannah Garbutt, as they theme will be Love Songs in honor of Valentines Day week. Photo by Bryan Davis

Chism: Fate of Ed bill in Reeves’ hands

February 12, 2013

The Mississippi state legislature is right in the middle of its current 90-day session, and lawmakers like District 39 House Representative Gary Chism are developing a pretty good idea about which law will realistically pass and which will retire to the legislative graveyard in 2013.
Chism spoke to Clay County citizens on Monday morning at City Hall. The weekly Growth Alliance “Legislative Breakfast” event featured a healthy crowd of concerned citizens and local leaders.
The Republican gave insights on bills regarding education, taxes and insurance.

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