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March 9th, 2015

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.

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.

'Ozland' on the road

March 9, 2015


Since "OzLand" had its local premiere in September, director Michael Williams has taken the movie on the road to various screenings and film festivals in Mississippi.
Williams screened the movie in five cities in the region, including stops at the Magnolia Film Festival (MagFest) and the Oxford Film Festival.
"I'm glad we only picked five cities," Williams said. "There was so much work involved in organizing the screenings, but I'm happy we got the movie out there to an audience."

March 6th

Former MBI member addresses Civitans

March 6, 2015

Former MBI member addresses Civitans

Jimmy Edwards, retired member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Miss. Bureau of Investigation, now employed with Akal Security was invited to speak at the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club by Bill Ladd.

March 4th

MS official discusses relationship dynamics with MS support group

March 4, 2015

MS official discusses relationship dynamics with MS support group

By Donna Summerall

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a long-lasting disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves in the eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. At this time there is no cure.
Gayva Cannon Baldwin, self – help leader for the Golden Triangle MS Support Group, held the group's meeting at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, at noon Tuesday in the Education Room.

March 3rd

County names Hodge EMA director

March 3, 2015


The Clay County Board of Supervisors appointed Treva Hodge to serve as Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director at its meeting Monday.
Kerrie Gentry-Blissard had served as the county's EMA director since June in the absence of former EMA Director and Fire Chief Johnny Littlefield. She was appointed as interim EMA director on June 2, and promoted to director on Aug. 4. Blissard will continue to serve as deputy EMA director.

New exhibit to open at LCCA

March 3, 2015

DTL staff

A new exhibit from a local artist is set to open March 8 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts in West Point.
Ben Rosenkrans' "A Southern Perspective" watercolor exhibit features paintings of old barns, homes and landscapes.
The exhibit is sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council and will hang until April 17. Arts Council Secretary Kathy Dyess said staff will be on hand on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. to allow visitors to see the show.

March 2nd

New school board hosts first meeting

March 2, 2015


The new West Point Consolidated School District Board of Trustees is set to host its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
State legislation merged the West Point and Clay County School Districts into a new district in 2013. The new five-member board has three members appointed by the selectmen and two elected from the county.

City approves tax break for golf course

March 2, 2015


With the new Mossy Oak Golf Club looking to open its doors in 2017, the West Point Board of Selectmen voted to authorize a tax exemption for the new club at a special meeting Friday at City Hall.
The George Bryan family, founders of Old Waverly Golf Club, announced last week that it joined forces with golf course architect Gil Hanse and outdoor brand Mossy Oak to create the Mossy Oak Golf Club.
The new club will feature a 7,400 yard, par-72 golf course, a clubhouse and guest cabins to accommodate golf travelers.

February 27th

Heavy snow causes power outages

February 27, 2015

West Point and Clay County saw as much as 6 inches of snow in some areas Wednesday, and while many residents made merry in the winter wonderland, the snow kept utility officials and first responders busy throughout most of the night.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the Water and Light Department received about 48 service calls Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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