November 4th, 2014
A local candidate for circuit court judge owes the Internal Revenue Service more than half a million dollars, according to Lowndes County Chancery Court documents.
Monique Brooks-Montgomery, originally from Columbus and now of West Point, is on the ballot for Circuit Court Judge District 16 Place 3. District 16 covers Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties. Montgomery is running against incumbent Lee Coleman, who is serving his first term.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) conducted an inspection of the Clay County Detention Center in October. According to the report issued to the Clay County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Monday, the jail had seven minor deficiencies.
According to the deficiencies included no hot water in certain cells, low water pressure in sinks, low water pressure in showers, torn mattresses and lack of plastic covering on one mattress.
West Point Police Department investigators are searching for leads after an alleged early morning robbery Thursday.
According to the incident report, about 4 a.m. Thursday a WPPD officer on routine patrol noticed the front door entrance of Point City Drugs on Highway 45 North had been busted in. The officer made sure the building was secure and notified an investigator.
Upon further inspection, investigators noticed the switch box on the back of the building had been tampered with, and that a concrete block or brick was used to break a window to gain entrance.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
With many citizens' minds on Ebola and ISIS, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) is tasked not only with reducing the state's vulnerability to disaster, but also to make sure the information citizens receive is correct.
MOHS Executive Director Rusty Barnes visited the West Point Rotary Club Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point, and addressed some of the concerns citizens may have.
BY DONNA SUMMERALL
The Bryan Public Library in West Point has added another service to benefit patrons of the library. A Book Nook has been added as an alternative to the yearly book sales. Books in the Book Nook are for sale, children's books 6 for $1 and all other books $1 each. The books come from generous donations by the public and books that are removed from library circulation.
James Edward Springer Jr.
James Edward Springer Jr. (known to many as "Doodle") passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at his home in Starkville.
He was born in Birmingham, Ala. Jan. 28, 1952.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Springer Sr.
Jimmy leaves his mother, Melba Barnes Springer of Starkville; aunts: Emma Kate Barnes Manning of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; uncle, Floyd Barnes of West Point; aunt and uncle: Joe and Rubye Barnes Wray of West Point; and a number of cousins.
Richmond â€śR.Câ€ť Holliday
Richmond â€śR.Câ€ť Holliday, age 88, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral services are Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. from Lake Grove M.B. Church in Prairie, with Rev. Willie Orr officiating. Burial will follow in Lake Grove M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 3 â€“ 6 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Election Day is just around the corner, and Clay County residents had the opportunity for some face time with many of the local candidates Tuesday night at West Point City Hall.
The Clay County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority hosted a â€śMeet the Candidatesâ€ť forum for local residents to be able to make informed choices when heading to the polls on Nov. 4.
Delta Sigma Theta member Carolyn Poston, who serves as chairwoman for the sororityâ€™s social action committee, said the sorority tries to host forums like this for every election.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department made a trio of arrests Tuesday in connection with drug possession, grand larceny and identity theft.
Ahmad R. Cox, 28, of West Point, was arrested Tuesday as part of a joint operation between CCSD, the West Point Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Cox was charged with five counts of sale of cocaine and one count possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Cox is currently being held in the Clay County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond. His court date was not set, as of Wednesday.