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August 5th, 2014

Homebuyer education workshop successful

August 5, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

A Homebuyer Education Workshop was hosted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at City Hall. More than 50 people attended the workshop sponsored by the City of West Point, Bancorp South, USDA Rural Development and the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. The 8-hour workshop covered money management, understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan, shopping for and keeping a home.

County approves truck purchase

August 5, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase a $66,456 truck for county use at its meeting Monday.
The 2014 single-axle cab and chassis truck will come from Truck Center Inc. of Tupelo and be used in District 2.
District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the truck will replace two older trucks the county has been using for more than 20 years.
“We got a lot of rebates on that truck,” Lummus said. “It was first going to be more than $100,000, so we wound up getting really lucky.”

West Point child drowns

August 5, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point child drowned Sunday afternoon while playing in the water with his family Sunday afternoon at the Tombigbee River in Lowndes County.
Landon Henson, 3, of West Point was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
Merchant said Henson’s family had launched a boat and gone upriver before stopping at a sandbar. He said the kids were playing in the water and sand, and the family lost track of Henson.

August 2nd

Harris embraces OHA varsity role as 7th-grader

August 2, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

It is not often a 7th-grader finds a starting role on the varsity team. Typically, injuries or an insufficient amount of players force the hand of a coach to play younger competitors.

Ellis, Gray honor fallen Raider

August 2, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Numbers are significant in sports.
They can be seen in stats and box scores. Numerals are found on jerseys, and everybody has their favorite. Numbers are on the scoreboard, signifying wins and losses or how much time is left in the game.
Yet, Maegen Ellis and Mary Campbell Gray are not worried about winning or losing, but rather honoring a fallen friend and classmate.

West Point School District teachers prepare for classes

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District hosted orientation for its teachers Thursday and Friday to prepare for the beginning of the school year.
WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said Thursday’s orientation was for the district’s new teachers.
“We got the new teachers together to acclimate them to the way things we do here in West Point,” McDonald said. “Some teachers had taught before and others this is their first year.”

Prairie Arts preparation under way

August 2, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Summer is winding down, heading toward the last hurrah of Labor Day weekend — and more importantly to West Point, the annual Prairie Arts Festival.

Holiday Inn Express plans in the works

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Residents traveling down Highway 45 North the past couple weeks may have noticed a sign next to the Hampton Inn advertising a new Holiday Inn Express coming to town.
Holiday Inn hotels are managed by CDA Hospitality out of Jackson, and CDA Chief Operations Officer Chris DeCamp said the plan for the new hotel is on the table, but as of Friday there was no timeline for construction.

August 1st

Raiders begin new practice schedule

August 1, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleasder.com

Fridays are pay days for high school football teams. That is what Head Coach Tony Stanford told his squad after the first two-a-day practice Thursday morning at Oak Hill Academy.
It is the beginning of football season. Overcast skies welcomed the opening practices for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) football teams around the state as preparation got under way for the season.

Gentiva Health Services kicks off 10th annual food drive today

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Gentiva Health Services launched its 10th annual food drive for local food pantries today, with various locations in the county for residents to drop off non-perishable items.
The food drive runs Aug. 1-31, and drop-off points in West Point include the Henry Clay Hotel Retirement Community, Dugan Memorial Home, Waverly Care Home, Sunflower and Kroger.
Gentiva Home, Health and Clinical Specialist Cindy Hathcock said food drive yielded about 2,000 pounds of food from around the Golden Triangle last year.

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