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January 30th, 2013

County approved for weather sirens

January 30, 2013

When you hear a weather siren you know it’s time to pay attention and prepare to take cover. But out in some parts of Clay County residents don’t always hear the city’s weather sirens, and when natural disasters hit close to their homes they only have a few minutes to retreat to safety.
That’s why for five long years Clay County Emergency Management officials have been trying diligently to provide county residents with weather sirens that will warn people when a tornado, thunderstorm or other weather-related disaster is headed their way.

County school board superintendent reacts to consolidation proposal

January 30, 2013

Just like many people, Clay County School Superintendent Mae Brewer was sitting at home this weekend watching the news on television when all of a sudden the news anchor started talking about a proposal to abolish the Clay County School District.

January 29th

Stretch of highway could be named after Turner, Gibbs

January 29, 2013

You’ve got to admit it. Having a street, road or highway named after you is a pretty amazing honor and means you’ve gone out of your way for the community and done something entirely remarkable for lots of people.
It’s something that makes your family smile every time they drive past the sign and something that the honoree can be proud of and humbled by whether they’re still living or have passed on.

Retired school teacher Staten announces bid for District 36 seat

January 29, 2013

Jeannie Johnson Staten declared her intentions to take House District Seat 36 on Tuesday, becoming the fourth person to announce candidacy for the vacant seat to the Daily Times Leader.
With an election such as this, there are many candidates who come from many different backgrounds, whether it be law, industry, education or something else.
Staten herself has 27 years of experience in the classroom.
A retired teacher, the Clay County native says she has always had a profound interest in politics and the legislature.

Clay County prosecutor formally resigns

January 29, 2013

It will be quite a busy election year for the Clay County Election Commission, who has already presided over one special election this month and who expects to preside over two more special elections later this year.
One of those special elections will fall in November and will be held to fill the vacant seat of Clay County prosecuting attorney.

January 28th

Gov. sets special election date for District 36 seat

January 28, 2013

Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday issued a Writ of Election for Mississippi House District 36, setting March 12, 2013, as the election date to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. David Gibbs.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Feb. 11, 2013.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast in the special election, a runoff election will be held April 2, 2013.
The election will fill the House seat left vacant after the death of Clay County native David Gibbs earlier this month.

Aberdeen native aims for District 36 seat

January 28, 2013

When Aberdeen native Roderick Van Daniel was a 17-year-old senior in high school he wondered curiously of what it would be like to one day serve the people of his hometown as a leader for the state of Mississippi. And fortunately for him he got a rare, up close and personal experience of the role of a state leader while gleefully serving as a page for former District 36 Representative David Gibbs.

Addressing needs: Unity in the Community looks to change one neighborhood at a time

January 28, 2013

The Growth Alliance conference room was packed on Thursday night with a diverse group of West Point/Clay County citizens, bouncing ideas off of one another’s heads in an attempt to bring the community together.
This is not the first time Unity in the Community has met. The group has been meeting for almost a year, but Thursday night’s crowd was the largest in the organization’s short history.
The goal is simple. Unify the community.

January 26th

West Point driver’s license office closed until further notice

January 26, 2013

If your driver’s license is close to expiring, or you’re planning to get one for the first time, you’re going to have to get it somewhere besides West Point.
The office located by the 4-H Extension Service and the county jail has been closed until further notice.
Warren Strain, spokesperson for the Mississippi Highway Patrol said on Friday that “computer infrastructure” problems were the cause of the sudden closure.
“It has to do with computer wiring,” Strain said. “We have to temporarily close the station until it is replaced.”

Verdict reached in Garth trial

January 26, 2013

So they’ve given their opening arguments, put witnesses on the stand, entered photos and materials into evidence and examined each and every person called to testify. But sometimes prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys need one last chance to convince the 12-member jury the defendant is guilty or not guilty of committing a crime.
That’s where closing arguments come in.

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