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VIDEO: What to watch for - Keys to the 2014 Egg Bowl

November 26, 2014

Sports Illustrated's Ben Glicksman previews the Week 14 rivalry matchup between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels.

Local Scouts plan holiday food drive

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader

With the holidays drawing near, many local organizations are looking at ways to give back to the community and provide a helping hand to those less fortunate.
One such organization is West Point Cub Scout Pack 118. The Cub Scouts will host a canned-food drive for the West Point Food Pantry during the city’s Christmas parade Dec. 8.
Pack leader Stacy Berry said Kroger donated six shopping carts to the pack, which the Scouts will push along the side of the street during the parade to collect food.

Growth Alliance raising money for new city lights

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Christmas has been on the mind of local officials for the past couple weeks, specifically the need to update the city’s Christmas decorations.
The displays that adorn light poles on Highway 45 and Main Street were purchased 31 years ago, and West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said she was making it an immediate priority to begin raising money to purchase new lights for next year.

Local police seeking leads on burglaries

November 26, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for information on three burglaries from October.
n About noon on Oct. 6, officers responded to the C complex of Jim James Court off of East Morrow Street in reference to an alleged home burglary. According to the incident report, the homeowner arrived to discover the home broken into and a window air-conditioning unit allegedly stolen. The owner also reported a DVD player, about 15 DVDs and $25 in cash. The owner was not able to provide a brand name or serial number for the DVD player.

Clay tops state in unemployment

November 26, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County has again topped the state in unemployment according to a report issued Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).
According to the report, Clay County held the state’s highest unemployment rate of 15.1 percent for October, which was down from previous months. At its highest for the year, the county peaked at 18.3 percent in June. The county’s lowest rate hit in April, when it fell to 14.8 percent.

Coleman secures school board spot

November 25, 2014

After all was said and done for Tuesday's runoff election, Tommy Coleman secured West Point Consolidated School Board District 2 position, with 68 percent of the vote to opponent Cameron Boyd's 32 percent. There were 606 votes counted from the seven precincts that were eligible to participate in the election, with 415 voters choosing Coleman to 191 for Boyd. Coleman will join District 1 school board elect Gene Brown as the two elected board members from the county. The West Point Board of Selectmen will appoint three members from the city at its Dec. 9 meeting.

Ferguson decision leads to riots

November 25, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Firefighters were dousing the blackened remains of some businesses and at least one was still ablaze. Some Ferguson stores that weren't burned had smashed display windows, but the streets of the St. Louis suburb were mostly clear.

Police arrest assault suspect

November 25, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators have made a third arrest in connection with an August assault that left a local man hospitalized with a brain injury.
Police arrested Constance Levail McFarland, 21, of Aberdeen, Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken to Clay County Detention Center without incident, where he was still housed as of Monday on a $250,000 bond.

Consolidated school board runoff today

November 25, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The runoff for the District 2 spot on the West Point Consolidated School Board is today, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters to cast their ballots.
Tommy Coleman and Cameron Boyd will face each other for the position, after Coleman failed to receive the necessary 50 percent of the vote during the Nov. 7 general election. Coleman received 48 percent of the vote to Boyd’s 34 percent.

Local convenience store robbed twice in 24 hours

November 25, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Police Department is looking for information regarding a convenience store robbery. The Handy Mart, on Highway 45 North in West Point, was allegedly robbed on two separate occasions within a 24-hour period.

'Santa Paws' visits to benefit SKW children

November 25, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Emerson Animal Hospital in West Point played host to Jolly Ol' Saint Nick and invited residents to bring their pets to have their photos taken with the North Pole's most famous citizen from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. This was the first of two photo opportunities at the animal hospital to take pictures with Santa and receive a photo CD for $20.

BREAKING: Third arrest made in Aug. Huddle House assault

November 24, 2014

DTL staff

West Point police have made a third arrest in the case of a West Point man assaulted and subsequently hospitalized in August at the local Huddle House.
On Wednesday, police arrested Constance Levail McFarland of 403 West Jefferson Street, Aberdeen, in connection to the incident. He was charged with aggravated assault, and bond was set at $250,000.
He is being housed in the Clay County Detention Center.

See more in Tuesday's edition of Daily Times Leader.

MSU's Cox suspended after arrest

November 21, 2014

Mississippi State senior safety Justin Cox, a West Point native, was arrested by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department early this morning. He was charged with domestic aggravated assault and burglary of a dwelling. Cox was suspended indefinitely from the Mississippi State football team, according to team spokesperson. See Sunday's DTL for more.

Police look into scam, robberies

November 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is investigating a trio of robberies from the past month, as well as an alleged scam.
WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the department received calls about an unemployment scam. He said the scam is a statewide issue, and WPPD was working with the Mississippi Attorney General's office and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to resolve the issue.

South Side side school gets math grant

November 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A South Side Elementary School third-grade class received a $1,625 Explore Learning Reflex Grant to implement a new program designed to aid students in math fluency.
South Side third-grade teacher Kimberly Blair said she applied for the grant about a month ago, and received word Monday that her application was accepted. She said the new program was a computer game, similar to an online app, that allowed students to improve their math skills while having fun.

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