April 15th, 2014
BY MARY GARRISON
The West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) has been a particularly busy group in recent weeks, as it prepares for the inaugural Art Walk.
By Josh Presley
A man crashed his car into a gas pump Sunday morning at the Soco Chevron Truck Stop in West Point.
West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee said the WPPD is withholding the manâs identity pending investigation.
McGee said the man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 45 in a Mercury Grand Marquis coming in to West Point.
âThe man said he saw the sign that said âWelcome to West Pointâ and the next thing he remembered was someone pulling him out of the car,â McGee said.
By Josh Presley
The city of West Point wants residents to be careful putting up signs and digging holes.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said that West Point and Clay County residents should know that putting up yard sale signs anywhere but their own property is illegal.
âThese yard sale signs are really a pain,â Jones said. âWe certainly like for people to have yard sales but technically youâre only supposed to have two a year, and weâre not having flea markets in peopleâs front yards.â
By Josh Presley
The West Point Board of Selectmen is no longer requiring city employees that arenât department heads to be permanent residents of Clay County.
The previous city personnel policy said that all full-time regular, probationary and supervisory employees of the city of West Point must be permanent residents of Clay County.
The board voted 3-2 to pass an action that now requires only city department heads be permanent residents of the county.
By Will Nations
COLUMBUS â Barrett Donahoe, Heritage Academyâs head football coach and athletic director, texted Stan Hughey late Tuesday afternoon and asked a question: âDo you feel like a Patriot yet?â
Hughey simply answered, âYes.â
Hugheyâs commute may get a little longer, but the veteran and well-known MAIS basketball coach was named the new Heritage assistant athletic director and girlsâ basketball coach for the junior high and high school teams, which was made official Wednesday morning.
A West Point woman is facing capital murder charges, following the death of her infant son.
Clay County Sheriffâs deputies arrested Brittania Smith, 24, or 904 Hillside Park in West Poing Monday after results from a Mississippi Crime Lab autopsy allegedly confirmed 2-month-old Brinston Smith had ingested a lethal dose of prescription codeine. The death was ruled a homicide.
The Clay County Sheriffâs Department Investigators have arrested and charged Brittania Smith, age 24, of 904 Hillside Park, West Point with capital murder. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott stated the arrest stemmed from the death of her 2 month old infant son, Brinston Smith. Scott said authorities were notified on Monday, April 7th by the Mississippi Crime Lab that the child had died from a lethal dose of codeine and has been ruled a homicide. Smith is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Jail awaiting an arraignment in Clay County Justice Court.
The Oak Hill tennis team dropped its first district match Monday afternoon 5-4 in West Point. It came down to the last match of the day and the Mavericks of Manchester Academy held off the Raiders to remain undefeated in district play.
âWe played well despite the weather, but they are a really good team and have 11 returning seniors this year,â Coach Brian Middleton said. âI was pleased with how we competed on a nasty day.â
In boysâ singles, John Willis Stevens defeated Alex Dixon (6-1)(6-1) and Will Kelly defeated Matt Huggins (6-3)(6-7)(7-6) in a split set tiebreaker.
Senior West Point Guard Tre Williams inked with East Central Community College Tuesday morning after being named all-district last season averaging 9.75 points and four rebounds a game. Coach Brad Cox said that he thinks he can succeed at the next level because Williams is a solid, all-around player who shoots the ball well from the perimeter.
âI chose East Central because I like their coaching staff, and they seem to care a lot about their players and helping them be successful,â said Williams. âI just felt like it was a place where it could help me get better.â
By Josh Presley
Sally Kate Winters Family Services hosted its annual Child Abuse Prevention Parade Tuesday in downtown West Point.
The children lined up in front of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance on Broad Street, then went down Commerce Street over to Market Street and ended on East Street to make a block around Sally Kate Winters Park.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley led the parade, followed by a truck from the West Point Fire Department.