July 8th, 2014
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Blighted properties and dilapidated buildings can be an eyesore for neighbors and passersby, and the city of West Point is taking steps to enhance beautification of the city's neighborhoods by demolishing these properties.
West Point Code Enforcement Officer Jeremy Klutts said the city is trying to clean up the neighborhoods, beginning last week with the demolition of two dilapidated houses on James Street and Meadowbrook Circle. The city demolished another abandoned home Monday on Crowell Street.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors reviewed the county's real and personal property tax rolls for 2014 at its meeting Monday.
The tax roll is a breakdown of all property that can be taxed within a given jurisdiction. The tax roll lists each property separately in addition to its assessed value.
Clay County Tax Assessor Paige Lamkin said she is required by state law to present the assessed value of real and personal property to the board at the first meeting in July every year.
BY MARY GARRISON
Mississippi Highway Patrol officers had their hands full throughout the July 4 weekend. The Golden Triangle region in particular was a hotspot for DUI activity, according to MHP citation reports.
By Will Nations
Reporterâs note: Daily Times Leaderâs sports section will take a look at various parks which service the West Point community. West Pointâs Jesse W. Harmon Sportsplex is set to host the 2014 Dizzy Dean U-8 South State Tournament, starting Thursday, July 10. The multiple-part series in the DTL Sunday sports section will look at ideas of improvement and also showcase new additions.
Rosie B. Wells-Kincaid, 46, of West Point died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Starkville Manor in Starkville.
Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Carterâs Mortuary Services Chapel. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7 at Pooleâs M.B. Church in West Point.
The Rev. Avis Shelton will officiate.
Carterâs Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
By Donna Summerall
The 19th Annual Howlinâ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is already in the planning stages and will open the doors at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium, formerly the campus of Mary Holmes College, for Blues aficionados to pay their respects to the legendary bluesman, Chester Arthur Burnett, West Pointâs own âHowlinâ Wolf.â
The West Point Board of Selectmen will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 Tuesday in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
One of the items on the agenda will be approval for the cityâs 2014 fiscal year municipal compliance questionnaire. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said city has to complete the questionnaire every year for the cityâs municipal audit.
West Point sales tax revenues were up slightly for the final quarter as well as the entirety of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the cityâs sales tax revenue reports.
The city reported a total of $2,238,428.03 in sales tax collections for the year, up $128,098.15 from the $2,110,329.88 of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Overall, the city saw an increase of revenue each month, with the exception of last July.
Addie âGrannyâ McComic, age 94, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Mrs. Addie was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Dyersburg, Tenn., the daughter of the late Henry and Eunice Pleasant Gibson. She was a seamstress at Knickerbocker Manufacturing. She was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. She was an avid and accomplished cook. She married Eddie Lee âBudâ McComic on May 23, 1936, and he passed away Dec. 13, 1996.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
AND WILL NATIONS
The City of West Point has implemented an across-the-board policy to regulate scheduling for its parks. The policy will apply to all city parks, including Sally Kate Winters Park, Zuber Park, Marshall Park, Progress Street Park and the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.
As of Tuesday, citizens now must contact either City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Department to reserve the parks for use for functions and events.