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March 17th, 2015

Municipal Court accepting online payments

March 17, 2015


Beginning yesterday, West Point and Clay County residents needing to pay off their speeding tickets will have the option to pay them online.
West Point Municipal Court Clerk Monica Lairy said residents can visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week to pay off traffic citations.
"It's something new we're trying, and we think it will be very beneficial to citizens, as well as the municipal court," Lairy said. "This will save people from having to miss work to come up here to pay their fines or come to court."

Safe Routes to School moves forward

March 17, 2015


Two West Point schools are set to receive new or improved sidewalks as part of $563,000 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program grant.
The national SRTS program began in 1997 as part of a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among children walking and bicycling to school.

March 16th

National Safe Place Week under way

March 16, 2015


Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point will team up with the National Safe Place organization (NSP) to dedicate March 15-21 as National Safe Place Week.
NSP is an outreach and prevention program designed to provide immediate safety and access to services for any youth in need. An estimated 1.7 and 2.8 million runaway and homeless youth live and survive without a dependable place to call home each year, according to the National Safe Place organization.

NMMC hires new administrator

March 16, 2015

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North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point announced this week that Barry L. Keel has accepted the position as the hospital’s administrator effective March 2. 
According to a statement released to media, Keel, an Alabama native, comes to NMMC-West Point from Bay Medical Center – Sacred Heart Health System, a 323-bed hospital in Panama City, Fla., where he served as chief executive officer.

March 12th

Johnson shares Alzheimers information with Pilot Club

March 12, 2015

By Donna Summerall

The Pilot Club of West Point invited Brenda Johnson to speak Tuesday night at the club meeting at the Henry Clay Retirement Center dining room.
“We are so happy to have Brenda Johnson with us tonight,” Jeannie Johnson, member of the club. “As Pilots we are involved with brain related disorders and injuries and this is Brain Awareness month. Brenda has seen Alzheimers first hand and is the perfect person to talk about it.”

March 11th

Chick with four legs born in Cedar Bluff

March 11, 2015


Walter and Reesie Quinn of Cedar Bluff have been raising chickens at their home for at least 30 years. Walter Quinn said he had never seen a chicken like the one who hatched from his incubator last Friday.
“I've been around chickens my whole life,” Quinn said. “My mother raised chickens and almost my entire family raise chickens. But I had never seen one with four legs before.”

March 10th

Wrapping up the yard sale

March 10, 2015


Residents of the Henry Clay Retirement Center (HCRC) in West Point are wrapping up another successful fundraiser. The Henry Clay yard sale began Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and ended Monday at 5 p.m. The residents set up tables in the parlor, arranged the merchandise and took care of the customers who came in during the 3 – day sale.

March 9th

Searching for historical roots at the library

March 9, 2015


James Murphy, with his wife Vicki, are tracing the roots of the Restoration Movement of the Christian Church. They are in West Point from Montgomery, Ala. The search has taken the couple through the counties of Chickasaw, Monroe, Clay and Lowndes in Mississippi. The quest for information brought them to the Bryan Public Library Lucille Millier Local History Room.

Lashley garners collegiate football attention

March 9, 2015

Scott Lashley stands out of a crowd with an intimidating 6-foot-7 and 300-pound frame. These measurements might be why the West Point High School offensive tackle holds 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I) offers within the last month.
Lashley, a member of the 2016 recruiting class, started as an offensive tackle and played tight end at times for the Green Wave last season. The whirlwind month has been a thrilling time for a player that originally started his high school career on the opposite side of the football as a defensive lineman.

Blues festival refocuses

March 9, 2015


The Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is an institution for West Point, and festival coordinators are looking to refocus the event for it's 20th year. This year's festival, retitled the Black Prairie Blues Festival, will honor not only West Point native Howlin' Wolf, but also other blues artists from the region.
The Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF) took over management of the festival and the Howlin' Wolf Blues Society last year. PBBF President Milton Sundbeck said the organization wished to make the festival more inclusive.

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