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February 12th, 2013

WPPD receives digital fingerprint system

February 12, 2013

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 person’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.

Noontime Tunes returns

February 12, 2013

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

Chism: Fate of Ed bill in Reeves’ hands

February 12, 2013

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 “Legislative Breakfast” event featured a healthy crowd of concerned citizens and local leaders.
The Republican gave insights on bills regarding education, taxes and insurance.

February 9th

Lady Wave falls to Houston in early-week battle

February 9, 2013

The West Point Lady Wave basketball team traveled north on Tuesday night to take on the Houston Lady Hilltoppers in a non-district game. 
West Point was coming off a bruising district loss on Monday to the hands of the Lady Chargers of Oxford 62-20. 

West Point narrowly falls to Houston, gets win over Noxubee

February 9, 2013

Head coach Brad Cox and his Green Wave basketball team are looking to wrap up the regular season with a slate of tough non-district road games.
After losing to district-mate Oxford on Monday, West Point made the short journey to Houston where they took on the Hilltoppers Tuesday night.

Bush reform policies could save Marlins

February 9, 2013

Reports are surfacing that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush attempted to purchase the Miami Marlins from Jeff Loria.
I for one feel like this change could have made a real difference in Miami and the game of baseball.
Gov. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate knows from his own brother’s experience that the path to the White House goes directly through a disheveled Major League Baseball team.
If Gov. Bush could have taken over this shambled franchise, he could have incorporated many of his education reform policies to bring the team up higher than its current F-Grade.

Summerall: Being driven insane

February 9, 2013

Several months ago I shared the angst of getting twin 15 year olds their learners permits. One of my life’s great regrets..They are sneaking up on their 16th birthday in March. 16 is the magic age for an intermediate license. It was not supposed to come this soon. Kenny keeps telling them they are only ten but I don’t think they are buying it.
Now, they want to drive. In town. On the streets where other cars are. This is not good. I abdicated teaching them to drive to Kenny. They scare me.

Honoring a great local activist

February 9, 2013

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 didn’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.

Coggins-Davis becomes fifth Clay County native to enter race

February 9, 2013

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.

Rep. Chism to speak at breakfast

February 9, 2013

Mississippi District 39 House Representative Gary Chism will be this week’s guest at the Legislative Breakfast event on Monday.
Last week, the Growth Alliance kicked off the series of speakers who talk informally with Clay County residents at City Hall over breakfast.
Rep. Tyrone Ellis spoke on education and jobs last week, and expect Chism, a Republican from Lowndes County to speak on similar issues.
Chism represents portions of Clay County along with Ellis, a Starkville native.
The event will kick off at about 7:30 a.m. and will run for about an hour.

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