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WPPD to host drug drop

September 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is will participate in a national prescription drug take-back event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The national drug take-back day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and is a way for citizens to discard outdated or unwanted prescription medication.
According to a statement released to media, the DEA has hosted seven take-back days over the past four years and taken in 390 tons of pills.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD took part in each take-back day the DEA hosted.

Investigator's Corner

September 19, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information on a string of alleged burglaries from May 2013.

CCSD makes 2-pound pot bust

September 19, 2014

DTL staff

UNA — Clay County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) deputies, in conjunction with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, arrested two Una residents Monday, after investigators executed a search warrant that allegedly yielded about 2 pounds of marijuana.
Jerry Holliday, 34, and Ashley Salter, 30, both of Una, were taken into custody on charges of manufacturing marijuana, according to a CCSD statement issued to media Thursday. The arrests were the result of a long running investigation, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott.

BREAKING: CCSD, MBN make 2-pound pot bust

September 18, 2014

DTL staff

UNA — Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies, in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, arrested two county residents on drug charges Monday after police allegedly seized about 2 pounds of marijuana from an Una home.
Jerry Holliday, 34, of Una and Ashley Salter, 30, of Una, were arrested after officers executed a search warrant at their residence on 15770 Les Burns Road. Both were charged with manufacturing marijuana and two counts each of child endangerment.

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Head start celebrates 50th anniversary

September 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) celebrates 50 years of operation this year, and the Clay County Head Start Center got in on the action Wednesday with a spirit demonstration.
Each of the center’s students dressed in red, white or blue and used musical instruments and other noise-makers to demonstrate their school spirit.

Civitans set to host first 'Hometown Heroes' cookoff Saturday

September 18, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

County volunteer firefighters honored

September 18, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Firefighters with the Clay County Volunteer Fire Department may receive no compensation for their work other than a thank you, but members of the community came together to show their appreciation for the firefighters Tuesday night at the Civic in West Point.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors hosted the event, with District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus supplying the barbecue chicken, and handed out certificates to some long-serving volunteer firefighters.

Video of the day: A better lunch

September 17, 2014

Six ways to pack a better lunch

MDOT urges child seat safety

September 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is trying to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate child restraint this week during Child Passenger Safety Week.
According to a release from MDOT, motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, and it’s critical that parents use age- and size-appropriate child restraints to reduce these deaths.

MSA plans first ever Makin' Hay festival

September 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Residents who have lamented losing the local farmer’s market for the season have something to look forward to next month. The local Main Street Association (MSA) will host the city’s first-ever Makin’ Hay festival from 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18 at Sally Kate Winters Park in West Point.

Local man charged in shooting

September 17, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point man was charged with aggravated domestic violence after an alleged weekend shooting.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at a residence on South Eshman Avenue.
According to the incident report, 911 dispatch contacted first responders to report that at least one person involved in the alleged altercation had a gun in his possession, and at least one person had been shot.

Supervisors shift intersection to new 4-way

September 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The intersection of North Eshman Avenue and Hazelwood Road is currently a 2-way stop, but after Monday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, it will soon become a 4-way stop.
District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said he expected the 4-way intersection to be implemented by the second week in October.
“With all the work they’re doing out there for the Yokohama project, there’s been an increase in traffic on Hazelwood Road,” Horton said. “We’ve got to put a 4-way stop there.”

County OKs tax hike

September 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year after a budget hearing Monday.
The total projected revenue for the upcoming year was $8,972,512, and projected expenses totaled $12,304,071. The difference will be covered by grants and state aid funds.
Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the total amount of expenditures decreased by more than $1.5 million from last year’s budget.

Students learn about alternative energy

September 15, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Penny Elliot took advantage of the clearing skies Friday afternoon to teach her fourth - grade class a lesson in solar energy. The students made ovens from cereal boxes, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, took them outside to see if the sun would heat graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Elliott has been conducting the experiment for more than six years at Central School with her sixth – grade classes. This is her first year to teach fourth grade at South Side Elementary.

WPPD to crack down on vicious dogs

September 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department will start cracking down on residents who own vicious dogs and don't properly secure them.
According to the city's animal ordinance, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, any mixed cross-breed German Shepherds and Chows are considered vicious animals. The ordinance requires that every vicious animal be contained within a building or secure enclosure, and securely muzzled or caged when off the owner's property.

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