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Golden Triangle CEO leads cheer for local development

April 23, 2015

Golden Triangle Line CEO Joe Max Higgins Jr. gave a detailed update today regarding the status of the group's efforts to lure businesses to the tri-county area. Around 100 individuals from throughout Northern Mississippi were on hand at East Mississippi Community's College's Golden Triangle Campus to hear those updates. Higgins took time to discuss not only recent successes but what steps the group is taking to improve its status around the nation and the world. For more details on this story be sure to check tomorrow's Daily Times Leader for the full story.

Wednesday: What is going on around West Point

April 22, 2015

This weekend the West Point/Clay County Arts Council will be hosting the third annual Downtown Art Walk on Saturday, April 25. The event promises to be a showcase for artists not only from the West Point area, but from throughout the Southeast. The Daily Times Leader will be downtown Saturday to get the best and brightest from this years event. For more information be sure to pick up a copy of Friday's Daily Times Leader which will include a special Art Walk section. The section will include a fold out map of Downtown West Point, with a guide to each of the artists participating.

City of West Point revises building permit fees

April 21, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The City of West Point will be making some changes to its code of ordinances for building, electrical and plumbing.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said that portions of the city code were out of date, and that he and Building Inspector Roy Shannon had been working to revise the ordinance for a few months.
"Since becoming mayor, I've seen the value in the permit system," Robinson said. "Going through proper channels during construction saves lives and property."

School board hears update on field house, cafeteria

April 21, 2015

BY WILLIAM CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Consolidated School District Board of Education heard an update from JBHM Architect representative Neil Waggoner on Monday evening, regarding the field house at the football field and the cafeteria at East Side Elementary School.
Previously Waggoner told the West Point School District Board of Education that due to a litany of defects with the field house, which would cost the district over $1 million dollars to fix, he recommended tearing the structure down.

Civitans discuss future plans

April 21, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met Wednesday to discuss upcoming events on the club's agenda. Jay Jackson, president of the club, has invited some college friends to visit in the next few weeks.
“At the end of May we'll have some students from Ole Miss coming to visit with us during our meeting,” Jackson said. “They have shown interest in our group and would like to see what Civitan is all about. I know everyone will make them feel welcome, even the Mississippi State people.”

Clay County Sheriff's Department nets drug arrests

April 20, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Sheriff's Department made three arrests pertaining to drug charges this week, and another for aggravated assault.
According to a press release from CCSD, Christopher Bell, 25, of West Point, was arrested and charged with the sale of cocaine and possession of synthetic marijuana Wednesday. CCSD made the arrest with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), and Bell remained incarcerated in the Clay County Detention Center pending circuit court action as of Friday.

Relay for Life set for May 15

April 20, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate, it impacts people of all races, religions and socio – economic backgrounds. No one is immune, and there is no one the disease has not touched.
The American Cancer Society sponsors the Relay For Life events both as a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness both of those who survive and those who have lost the fight.
Clay County Relay For Life (CCRFL) is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Sally Kate Winters Park.

Clay County Circuit term wraps up

April 20, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The April term of Clay County Circuit Court concluded Friday, and the term saw trials and sentences for aggravated assault, burglary, drug charges and murder.
Tammy Ott White, 52, of Cedar Bluff, received a 20 year sentence on three counts of sale of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Of the 20 years, 17 were suspended and White will be required to serve three years in Mississippi Department of Corrections and pay $250 in restitution with a $1,000 fine.

WP to participate in Great American Cleanup May 2

April 20, 2015

BY WILLIAM CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

If you want to get down and dirty with your local elected officials in West Point, Saturday May 2 may be your opportunity as part of Great American Cleanup Day. The event, which will be a joint effort of the City of West Point and the West Point Clay County Community Growth Alliance in partnership with Keep Mississippi Beautiful will begin at 9 a.m. May 2.

Two men indicted in Huddle House beating

April 17, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Two men were indicted by the Clay County grand jury on aggravated assault charges this week in relation to alleged beating from August in the Huddle House parking lot in West Point.
Courtez McMillian, 23, of Okolona, and Marquavious McMillian were arrested on August in connection with an alleged assault that left West Point man Ralph Weems IV with a brain injury, and were arraigned Wednesday.

Early College High School nearing fall opening

April 17, 2015

BY WILLIAM CARROLL
editor@dailtyimesleader.com

The Early College High School at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle Campus is nearing the final stages of an application process which will bring 60 students to the Mayhew location in the fall.
Jill Savely, who will be the principal of the new school when it opens later this year, spoke to members of the West Point Rotary Club Thursday regarding current updates to the school.

MORA at NMMC to raise awareness for organ donation

April 17, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

No one wants to think about organ donations while they are young, healthy and living life to the fullest. But organ donation is a kind, selfless action that can help so many people. According to the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA,) 123,000 people are on a waiting list for a donor organ. In the state of Mississippi that number is 1,400. Each day, 18 people die waiting for a transplant. Just one donor can save the lives of up to eight people and enhance the lives of more than 50 others, according to MORA.

WPPD investigating armed robbery, burglaries

April 17, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for information on an alleged armed robbery from the early hours of yesterday morning, in addition to other robberies from the past week.
About 1 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to Regions Bank on the corner of East Main and 4th Street in reference to an alleged armed robbery at the night deposit box. According to the incident report, the manager of a local business arrived at the bank to make an after-hours deposit and was held up before the bag could be dropped in the night deposit box.

Highway Commissioner talks road improvements

April 10, 2015

BY WILLIAM B. CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The focus of Mississippi’s future should be on its infrastructure, according to Mississippi Northern District Highway Commissioner and congressional hopeful Mike Tagert. Tagert, who was the guest speaker at the West Point Rotary Club Thursday, outlined what he said was a positive legislative session for the Department of Transportation.
Tagert said that during the session, the legislature took a close look at the laws and rules relating to contracts, specifically what represents an emergency contractual arrangement.

Prairie man gets 20 years for sexual battery

April 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A Monroe County man was sentenced to 20 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections after being found guilty of sexual battery during the Clay County Circuit Court term Thursday.
Theodis Randle, 49, of Prairie, was charged with the March 2010 rape of a Columbus woman, and found guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial, and sentenced by Circuit Judge Lee Coleman Thursday. Coleman said that the maximum sentence for the offense was 30 years.

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