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Junior Auxiliary partners with BPL to host ‘Fall in Love with Reading’ program

October 21, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Junior Auxiliary of West Point (JAWP) in partnership with the Bryan Public Library are hosting the first “Fall in Love With Reading,” free event from 10:30 a.m. through noon Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be activities for children of all ages and participants will receive a free book.

American Legion hosting veterans lunch

October 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point American Legion Posts 38 and 212 will host a veterans luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Post 38 building on Westbrook Street.
Post 38 Commander Bill Gibson said the free luncheon will be open to all community veterans and their spouses. He said there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks provided.
“We have our monthly meetings, but we were looking for other opportunities to honor all the area veterans and get them together,” Gibson said. “This is what we landed on and we hope to do more things like it in the future.”

Yokohama Boulevard to finish ahead of schedule

October 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The four-mile long and winding road of Yokohama Boulevard is getting closer to completion.
The $19 million road road project, which stretches from Highway 45 just north of West Point to Barton Ferry Road was one of the conditions Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a plant in the area.
Calvert-Spradling Engineers Project Engineer John Freeman said the deadline set forth by the county’s contract with Yokohama required the road to be complete Dec. 31 and open Jan. 1.

Severe weather scenario up on county’s radar

October 21, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Emergency personnel in West Point and Clay County are preparing for the worst next week, as the state will observe its annual severe weather preparedness week.

United Way set to host annual Day of Caring

October 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

United Way of Clay County will host its Day of Caring and campaign kickoff luncheon Thursday at the Civic in West Point.
United Way of Clay County Executive Director Stacy Hays said the Day of Caring begins at 8 a.m., and is a community event to help develop teamwork and build morale among volunteers while giving back to the community.

School district accountability scores released

October 20, 2014

DTL staff

Mississippi Department of Education released its annual district accountability report card Friday, and while West Point schools made improvements in some areas, the district still has a way to go.
Overall, West Point School District again received a “D” rating, though all applicable schools — Central, Fifth Street, South Side and West Point High School — in the district scored a “C” rating. The official letter grade for WPHS in particular increased, up from a “D” rating in the previous year, according to the report.

Jury splits in armed robbery trial

October 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The jury found a West Point man not guilty of kidnapping after a three-day trial to close out the October Clay County Circuit Court term. However, the jury did not reach a verdict on two other charges.
Joshua Karriem, 30, of West Point, was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with a July 2013 home invasion. According to court documents, two men allegedly entered the home of the victim and bound and gagged him in his kitchen floor while they robbed his house.

VIDEO: SEC Is 1st Conference To Put 4 In Top 5 Of AP Poll

October 20, 2014

The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five ? all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.

VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

October 17, 2014

Those planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing.

Howlin' Wolf Museum donates to soldiers

October 17, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

In the not-so-distant future, a small U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan will get a little taste of West Point culture.
Scott Huffstetler, of Henagar, Ala., began sending care packages to his nephew Tony, now a lieutenant in a small, specialized unit of the U.S. Army dedicated to surveillance, during his first tour of duty in 2004 in Iraq. What began as just a few personal things, however, soon grew to something more.

CTC students work on school safety project

October 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Safety is one of the primary concerns for schools, and students in the West Point Career and Technology Center (CTC) have taken on a project to make the school buildings even safer.
CTC Vocational Director Patrick Ray said he learned about a project from a career and technology class at Muscatine Community College (MCC) in Iowa - a simple door-locking mechanism called “the sleeve.”

Board appoints West Point water, light interim superintendent

October 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen announced the appointment retired city employee George Hinnant as the interim West Point Water and Light Superintendent at its meeting Tuesday.
The board voted to remove former superintendent Dwight Prisock from office on Sept. 10. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones served as interim superintendent until Hinnant’s appointment.

Local woman given probation for PTA theft

October 16, 2014

DTL staff

Jennifer Hamby, of West Point, was sentenced to five years probation for forgery Tuesday during the October Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge James Kitchens initially sentenced Hamby to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, but suspended the sentenced because she had no prior convictions.

Man charged with capital murder in death of infant

October 16, 2014

DTL staff

A Starkville man is facing a capital murder charge in the death of a Clay County child.
According to a statement issued by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested Charles T. Mullins, 18, of 734 New Light Road in Starkville on Oct. 9 on child abuse charges following an incident in Clay County the previous day.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said at 11:59 a.m. Oct. 8, 911 dispatchers received a call requesting ambulatory services in regard to an injured child at 9630 Griffith Road in western Clay County.

VIDEO: SEC Commissioner Mike Slive To Retire In 2015

October 15, 2014

At a Tuesday press conference, Mike Slive announced that he will step down as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, effective July 31, 2015. Slive is the SEC’s seventh commissioner and has held the position since 2002, yet he told SECSports.com that recent health concerns have made him reevaluate his priorities. Slive said, “I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first."

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