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Burglaries remain concern, priority for West Point officers

July 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Burglaries continued to be one of the main problems that troubled West Point Police Department investigators during the past month, and WPPD asks all residents to keep a check on their valuables.

US Marshals arrest local in armed robbery

July 10, 2014

Special to Daily Times Leader

A West Point man is in custody for an alleged May armed robbery incident through a collaborative effort from Starkville Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force Oxford Division.
According to an SPD press release, the Fugitive Task Force contacted the department Tuesday to notify officials that it had arrested 21-year-old Charterious “Little Murl” Moore on suspicion of armed robbery.

City approves LINK contract

July 10, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A development from Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting was the agreement for a new contract with Golden Triangle Development LINK. The city first entered into an agreement with the LINK in 2012
City Attorney Orland Richmond said the original agreement the city signed with the LINK was revised and restructured.

Local man faces accessory charge in shooting case

July 9, 2014

DTL staff

A local man was arrested in connection to a weekend shooting at Oak Park Apartments on Cromwell Street in West Point.
According to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley, James Minor, 26, of 109 Cherry Lane in West Point, was arrested Saturday and charged with accessory after the fact.
Brinkley said officers were dispatched about 2 a.m. Saturday to 840 Cromwell St. in reference to a fight in progress. According to the incident report, the officers were en route to the scene when 911 dispatch informed them that shots had allegedly been fired.

Boulevard paving to begin this week

July 9, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The next step in the process of completing Yokohama Boulevard begins this week, as Eutaw Construction will commence paving the eastern part of the road Thursday.
The road, which stretches four miles from Highway 45 North to Barton Ferry Road, was one of things Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a location here.
Calvert-Spradling Engineers President Robert Calvert said the groundwork for the road began in February, and construction crews began preparing the road for pavement about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

City demolishes blighted properties

July 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Blighted properties and dilapidated buildings can be an eyesore for neighbors and passersby, and the city of West Point is taking steps to enhance beautification of the city's neighborhoods by demolishing these properties.
West Point Code Enforcement Officer Jeremy Klutts said the city is trying to clean up the neighborhoods, beginning last week with the demolition of two dilapidated houses on James Street and Meadowbrook Circle. The city demolished another abandoned home Monday on Crowell Street.

Supervisors review tax assessments

July 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors reviewed the county's real and personal property tax rolls for 2014 at its meeting Monday.
The tax roll is a breakdown of all property that can be taxed within a given jurisdiction. The tax roll lists each property separately in addition to its assessed value.
Clay County Tax Assessor Paige Lamkin said she is required by state law to present the assessed value of real and personal property to the board at the first meeting in July every year.

GT leads state in weekend DUIs

July 8, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi Highway Patrol officers had their hands full throughout the July 4 weekend. The Golden Triangle region in particular was a hotspot for DUI activity, according to MHP citation reports.

Howlin’ Wolf fest planning under way, art revealed

July 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimeleader.com

The 19th Annual Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is already in the planning stages and will open the doors at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium, formerly the campus of Mary Holmes College, for Blues aficionados to pay their respects to the legendary bluesman, Chester Arthur Burnett, West Point’s own “Howlin’ Wolf.”

Selectmen to discuss yearly audits

July 7, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Board of Selectmen will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 Tuesday in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
One of the items on the agenda will be approval for the city’s 2014 fiscal year municipal compliance questionnaire. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said city has to complete the questionnaire every year for the city’s municipal audit.

Local sales revenues increase

July 7, 2014

MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point sales tax revenues were up slightly for the final quarter as well as the entirety of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the city’s sales tax revenue reports.
The city reported a total of $2,238,428.03 in sales tax collections for the year, up $128,098.15 from the $2,110,329.88 of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Overall, the city saw an increase of revenue each month, with the exception of last July.

West Point implements park policy

July 3, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
AND WILL NATIONS
www.dailytimesleader.com

The City of West Point has implemented an across-the-board policy to regulate scheduling for its parks. The policy will apply to all city parks, including Sally Kate Winters Park, Zuber Park, Marshall Park, Progress Street Park and the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.
As of Tuesday, citizens now must contact either City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Department to reserve the parks for use for functions and events.

Civitans discuss new fundraiser

July 3, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met at noon Wednesday at the North Mississippi Medical Center Education Room. Program Chair Alvin Quinn brought a Civitan International (CI) DVD for the club to watch during the meeting.
“Sometimes we get away from what Civitan means,” Quinn said. “Many of our members have never attended a district or international meeting and lose sight of what Civitan does outside of our area. The fun and fellowship we all share as part of the organization is our bond.”

Trial date set in capital murder case

July 3, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point woman will face trial in September on a capital murder charge.
The trial date for Brittania Smith, of 904 Hillside Park in West Point, was set at a bond hearing Wednesday at the Clay County Courthouse.
Smith, 24, was arrested on April 9 in connection with the December death of her 2-month-old son, Brinston Smith. According to the Mississippi Crime Lab, Brinston Smith allegedly died from a lethal dose of codeine and his death was ruled a homicide.

EMCC band hosts camp, offers scholarship chance to GT area student body

July 2, 2014

DTL staff

SCOOBA — The East Mississippi Community College Mighty Lion band is preparing to kick off the 2014-15 season, and it's starting with two summer band camps.
According to an EMCC press release, area students who wish to participate in the band must be prepared to attend one of two camps, a residential camp held Aug. 1-5 and a day camp held Aug. 12-15 at the Scooba campus.
Auditions for the EMCC band remain open through Aug. 1.
Students must be enrolled and registered for the band prior to the start of the first camp, and camps are mandatory for band students.

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