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Growth Alliance kicks off the new year with a busy January

January 8, 2013

With Christmas and the New Year’s holidays behind, the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance is already busy with its plans for 2013.
This should prove to be a banner year for the town, as the new One Percent tax revenue funds are to be deposited into the bank this month and reinvested throughout the community.
On Monday afternoon, two new billboards went up on each end of town on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. One faces north on the four lane a little over three miles outside of town going toward Tupelo.
The other is near the turnoff for U.S. Highway 82, facing south.
Commuters coming into town either way will see the advertisements for the downtown district in West Point, which features many shops and restaurants.
On Thursday night, the Growth Alliance will be hosting its “Business After Hours” at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.
Entertainment that night will be provided by Keith and Margie.
Perhaps the largest event for the Growth Alliance in January comes on the last day of the month.
This is the 87th Annual Banquet for the city of West Point, which will be held at the Community Counseling campus in the Mary Holmes Gym.
This year’s theme is “Our Secrets Revealed.”
The guest speaker at this year’s event will be Roger Pryor with Pryor and Morrow Architects.
“Roger will be sharing plans for the renovation of the McClure Building for the new location of the Howlin’ Wolf Museum and Louise Campbell Center for the Arts,” a press release from the Growth Alliance said on Tuesday. “Probably one of the best kept secrets is that Howlin’ Wolf was born in West Point and that we have a museum dedicated to him located here.”
The Howlin’ Wolf museum currently gets hundreds of visitors from around the globe each year.
The renovation of the McClure Building will allow the museum to move into that location for a larger and more marketable site.
“Moving the museum to a much more spacious location will help put West Point on the map as a destination to visit and increase the visitors we have to the museum,” the Growth Alliance said.
The release also pointed out that another well kept secret in West Point is the depth of artistic talent that exists here.
“The addition of the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts to the upper floor of the McClure Building will provide the West Point/Clay County Arts Council with a permanent home,” the release said. “It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the work of our local artists.”
Those wishing to sponsor the Banquet may contact the Growth Alliance at 494-5121 or email at

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