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February 13th, 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.
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 donâ€™t have the funding it needs.
That includes the West Point Police Departmentâ€™s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which currently receives funding only from fundraising activities and West Pointâ€™s Prairie Opportunity Center.
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.
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 personâ€™s property who is not at fault.
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.
â€śRepublicans donâ€™t believe in increasing taxes,â€ť Chism told citizens at West Pointâ€™s City Hall. â€śBut there are some Rhinos, Republicans in name only.â€ť
Chism is speaking of Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner for Mississippiâ€™s Central District and Hallâ€™s proposal of a 10 cent increase on the already existing 18.4 cent tax drivers pay when they fill up their tanks.
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 personâ€™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.
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
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 â€śLegislative Breakfastâ€ť event featured a healthy crowd of concerned citizens and local leaders.
The Republican gave insights on bills regarding education, taxes and insurance.
God knows what every community needs, and He knows exactly who to put there.
And over 60 years ago God brought local pioneer Louis Odneal to Clay County, but he didnâ€™t know at the time that he would be an inspiration to hundreds and hundreds of people living here.
You see, the things that Odneal went through growing up during the Civil Rights Era prompted him to take a stance for fairness and equal rights for all African Americans and for all hard-working individuals.
The deadline to qualify for the March 12 special election set to fill the vacant seat in House District 36 is fast approaching.
Six candidates have now declared their intent on taking that seat, and five are from Clay County.
The latest to declare is Bobbie Coggins-Davis, who describes herself as family-centered and a servant of the people.