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WPHA provides children with school supplies

July 29, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Board of Commissioners for the West Point Housing Authority were on-hand from 9-11 a.m. at the WPHA office on Bugg Street in West Point Saturday morning to distribute school supplies for the children who live in the five units of the WPHA.
“This is our first year to offer school supplies to tenants,” Alecia Randle, member of the board of commissioners from the WPHA. “I think it will be a tremendous help to parents in getting their children ready for school.”

Police look for auto burglary information

July 29, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department is looking for any information on a string of robberies from automobiles in late 2012.
About 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29, 2012, officers responded to the 600 block of Grove Street in reference to a burglary from a vehicle. The owner reported that a Savage .270 caliber rifle with a Simmons ATE scope was allegedly stolen from his automobile. According to the incident report, the owner believed the door to the vehicle was left unlocked. The rifle is valued at $450 and the serial number is E780559.

Arts Center nearing completion

July 29, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Work on the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts is closer to completion, as the renovation of the former McClure Furniture building on Commerce Street has reached the final stages.
The $460,000 renovation began in January, and the center will be the new home for the West Point/Clay County Arts Council. The city has worked on the building since earlier this year. The Campbell Center will be the first permanent home for WPCCAC.

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July 28, 2014

Dog passes out from excitement to see owner

WCC to host school supply funds lunch

July 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The We Care Committee is set to close its summer feeding program for local youth with a school supply fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the LueZarah Robinson Healthcare Services building at 826 Highway 45 Alt. N.
The feeding program began on July 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said WCC would be selling barbecue plates, fish plates and hot dogs to raise money for school supplies for the kids in the program.

County OKs hauling ordinance

July 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to pass a new heavy-hauling ordinance at its meeting Thursday. The ordinance has been discussed at length in board meetings for the past two months, mostly due to a proposed $35,000 bond for haulers in the county, a bond which was eliminated from the final ordinance.

Leap of faith: Culin-Arts relocating to Oxford

July 24, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Valeda Carmichael has called West Point home for the last 34 years. By the end of the summer, however, that may change.

Bench warrant issued for WP escapee Boyd

July 24, 2014

DTL staff

Judge Lee Coleman issued three bench warrants for defendants who were on the docket for the Clay County July Circuit Court term but didn’t show up for court Wednesday. A bench warrant authorizes immediate on-sight arrest of the individual who failed to appear.
One of the bench warrants issued by Coleman was for Marquis Boyd, 23, of West Point, who escaped from the Clay County Detention Center on June 11 and is still at large.

WPSD: Free lunch for all

July 24, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2014 – 15 school year.

City hires new animal control officer

July 23, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Since the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the search has been on for at least a part-time animal control officer for the city. Now the search is over, as West Point native Eric Davis, 24, was hired as West Point’s new animal control officer Monday.

Tax holiday begins Friday

July 23, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi has been enjoying a tax break on clothing and shoes the last weekend in July since 2008. Then Governor Hailey Barbour instituted the tax-free weekend to help Mississippi families afford back-to-school clothing for children ages pre-K through college. The time frame for the tax-free weekend is 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 25 through 12 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 each, qualify for the savings.

MSU excavation team leaves Israel amid military action

July 22, 2014

BY ALEX HOLLOWAY
Special to Daily Times Leader

A collaborative excavation trip to Israel between three universities, including Mississippi State University, got cut short as regional tensions between Israel and Palestine flared up again.
Mississippi State University’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology acted as the hosting institute as staff and students from MSU, the University of Wisconsin and State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase traveled to southern Israel to an archaeological site near the northern fringe of the Negev Desert, near the city of Be’er Sheva.

Felony cocaine charges lessened in court

July 22, 2014

DTL staff

Monday saw the beginning of the second week of the Clay County July Circuit Court term, and two of the cases on the docket were affected by a new Mississippi law.
House Bill 585 took effect July 1 after being passed into law by the Mississippi legislature in March, and has changed the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.

2 arrested in fundraiser scam

July 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged unlicensed door-to-door solicitation.
Jerry Gibson, 56, of Columbus, and Quinton Guido, 25, of West Point, were arrested Friday on contempt of court charges, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott. Scott said while the two were in custody they were identified by a victim of a recent solicitation scam, and charged with false pretense Monday morning.

House fire kills two in Clay County

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Two adults were killed in a late night house fire in Clay County Thursday. About 11 p.m. volunteer fire departments responded to a structure fire on Dr. Sears Road, just north of West Point. Three adults and one child were reportedly in the home when the blaze began.
One adult and one child managed to escape to safety.

See more in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.

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