June 26th, 2014
West Point Police Department investigators have made an arrest in an alleged home invasion case.
Officers arrested Vernard Gray, 29, and his brother Depriest Gray, both of West Point, Tuesday on suspicion of burglary following an incident on Lone Oak Road.
About 9:30 a.m. June 14, officers responded to the West Point home in reference to a robbery. According to a WPPD statement to media, a witness, whose name has not been disclosed, told officers two men allegedly entered his home and assaulted him.
BY MARY GARRISON
Planning for the 36th annual Prairie Arts Festival, set for Aug. 30, is well under way, with a new design and featured artist to boot.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said this yearâ€™s shirts were delivered Tuesday and would feature the artwork of longtime vendor Nancy Waggoner. Waggoner will serve as this yearâ€™s featured artist for PAF, as well. Klutts, who has helped coordinate the festival for the last six years, said it was a theme sheâ€™d begun last year and hoped to continue going forward.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point is another step closer to a new set of sidewalks for Central School and Fifth Street Junior High School. The sidewalks will be funded by a $563,000 grant from Safe Routes to School (SRTS).
The national SRTS program began in 1997 as part of a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among children walking and bicycling to school.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the new or repaired sidewalks will be on Brame Avenue, East Street, Westbrook Street, Fifth Street, Progress Street and Main Street.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Detention Centerâ€™s inmate roster goes online today, completing www.claysheriffms.org and providing easier access to the public.
Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department Records Administrator Patty Goff said the inmate roster will include the inmateâ€™s name, charge, bond and mugshot, as well as a list of which inmates have been recently released.
JACKSON -- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff.
Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups.
Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel's 49.5 percent.
The 76-year-old Cochran is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The We Care Committee (WCC) is in the midst of its summer feeding program for children ages 1-18 in West Point, Starkville, Grenada and Columbus.
The program began June 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said, thus far, it is going well. She said the program has had a good turnout, but WCC is still looking for more kids to come out.
Antonio Brownlee, 29, of Mantee, was arrested Friday by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department under suspicion of the sale of cocaine.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said Brownlee, who was wanted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department since June 5, was apprehended at a residence in Calhoun County before being returned to Clay County Detention Center.
Scott said Brownlee will be arraigned Tuesday morning. He remained in custody at CCDC Monday on a Mississippi Department of Corrections hold.
Former Columbus High School Head Football Coach Tony Stanford has accepted the Oak Hill football head coaching position Monday night, according to OHA Athletic Director Marion Bratton.
The Raidersâ€™ head coaching position opened after Daniel Merchant left the position for an undisclosed position in early June.
Bobby Dean Strong Sr., age 69, passed away Friday, June 14, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church with Rev. Bobby Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
An independent film shot primarily in West Point will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. today at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
In Glenn Payneâ€™s sci-fi thriller â€śEarthrise,â€ť 99 percent of the human race lives on Mars, while the remaining few work to rehabilitate an Earth that has been ruined.
â€śEarthriseâ€ť was filmed over two weeks in the late winter of 2013 in West Point. Most of the shooting was done at an old dance studio on Broad Street across from the Clay County Co-op, with additional shooting at the Bryan Foods factory.