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November 12th, 2012
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
Many times on Veteransâ€™ Day, there is no shortage of recognition for soldiers who fought in the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and even the first Gulf War.
For this Veteransâ€™ Day, West Point has had the privilege to honor soldiers who have sacrificed over the last decade, even in the last year.
On Friday, West Point honored the men and women of the 223rd as Veterans of the Year.
Some days the lobby of the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department may have only one or two individuals waiting patiently to speak to a deputy or to visit an inmate. Other times the lobby may be packed full.
And thatâ€™s the primary reason Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott decided to establish a new public entrance to the Clay County Detention Center, now located on the west side of the Sheriffâ€™s Department instead of the front.
At least 10 rounds of gunfire were reportedly heard Monday in the area of Brame Ave. near Marston Court Apartments where West Point police quickly responded to see if anyone had been injured.
Thankfully, when officers responded around 1:30 p.m., they found that no one had been injured but spoke with several individuals on scene to gather additional information about the incident. Shortly after interviewing several people, West Point investigators searched the area and found about five shell casings along Brame Ave.
Christmas Open House is taking place on Sunday, November 11 from 1-4 p.m. at participating locations in West Point.
Check out the list of merchants in the Daily Times Leader Friday edition, and head on down to do some early Christmas shopping.
In the picture, Jayn Duncan and Shirley Miller, from Flowers by Shirley decorate a Christmas tree in their Truman Creek Road store, which will be open from 1-4.
The number of veterans returning home from war and looking to settle into a state of normalcy is increasing by the year, and the numbers are only going to get higher as contingency plans for troop withdrawal in the Middle East continue to take shape.
Major General Reuben Jones, a West Point native and soon to be retired Army veteran told a large crowd at the cityâ€™s Veteranâ€™s Day Program on Friday that small communities were key to supporting these returning veterans.
Amy Watts, 43, of Riverchase Drive in West Point has been taken into custody by the Columbus Police Department on a charge of felony embezzlement, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.
Watts is accused of taking an undetermined amount of cash from Title Cash located at 2012 Highway 45 North in Columbus.
Watts is still in the custody of the CPD and bond amount has not been released at this time.
Tuesday morning was busy for voters in Clay County. Clear skies made for a good early turnout.
Coming in the door to his precinct in the early-morning hours was John Jackson, a Civil Rights Icon in Clay County who led initiatives in the 1960s to integrate the local school system and secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
Now at 89, Jackson seems dismayed at the state of politics and the rise of division in America.
On Tuesday morning, Jackson spoke with Daily Times Leader correspondent Darlene Cox about the state of the union.
Poll workers are reporting steady lines of voters here in West Point today. At noon, just one set of workers at the Henry Harris Building, a voting precinct in West Point were reporting that nearly 300 voters had signed in a voted today so far.
In the picture, Kelley Nevels (left) and Britany Terry let voters know they are in the right place at the Henry Harris Building on Court Street.
Just so the voters of Clay County know, absolutely no Voter ID is required to vote in the election today.
There has been some apparent confusion around the state regarding Voter ID and whether it is necessary for voters to present a form of identification at the polls on November 6, 2012.
There is no law requiring such a presentation.
If you are a registered and eligible voter do not let the lack of an ID hinder you from exercising your right to vote today.
â€śChallenging, good, interesting and also rewarding.â€ť
These are just some of the adjectives Sandra Davenport, who has served as District 3 Clay County School Board member for two terms, used to describe her time as representative of West Clay Elementary School.
And now, with confidence in her educational arena background and community support, Davenport is aiming once again for another term to serve parents and students of the Clay County School District.