The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-17T15:44:43-04:00 of the day: A better lunch2014-09-17T15:44:43-04:002014-09-17T15:44:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVideo of the day: A better lunchDaily Times urges child seat safety2014-09-17T11:21:16-04:002014-09-17T11:21:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is trying to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate child restraint this week during Child Passenger Safety Week.According to a release from MDOT, motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, and it’s critical that parents use age- and size-appropriate child restraints to reduce these deaths.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one third of child passengers killed in car crashes in the last two years weren’t in car seats, booster seats or wearing seat belts. West Point Police Department Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said parents and drivers may not understand the importance of properly securing their child in a vehicle.“They think just because they’re just going down the block and will only be gone a minute, that nothing will happen,” McGee said. “They don’t understand what could happen in that short amount of time.”She said WPPD officers have seen parents with babies in their arms while driving, and kids crawling around the inside of the car while it’s going down the road.“If our officers see someone driving with a child unrestrained, they are going to write that person a ticket,” McGee said.She said this strict enforcement of child restraint laws has led to a decrease in accidents involving children in the city. She said some parents might not have buckled their child simply because the child didn’t want to be restrained.“You should tell your kids that the car isn’t moving until they buckle up,” McGee said. “Children are important, and wherever you’re going can wait.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableMDOT urges child seat safetyDaily Times plans first ever Makin' Hay festival2014-09-17T11:20:20-04:002014-09-17T11:20:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comResidents who have lamented losing the local farmer’s market for the season have something to look forward to next month. The local Main Street Association (MSA) will host the city’s first-ever Makin’ Hay festival from 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18 at Sally Kate Winters Park in West Point. The event — an old-time fall festival of sorts — will feature a fall farmer’s market with vendors from this year’s summer market, in addition to fall carnival style games for the entire family. It’s an event MSA President Scott Reed said he hopes will give families an opportunity to get out and enjoy some “good old-fashioned fun.”“It seems like entertainment anymore, especially for kids, has become so commercialized and digitized,” Reed said. “… This is something our parents — and us too — probably remember doing as children, that kids now may not get much of a chance to do.”Games will include such events as “pick up ducks,” a bean bag toss, balloon darts and other fall classic favorites.Reed said details on the event were not entirely solid, however the group hoped to have 10-12 large, round hay bales on the premises to be decorated or host a decorating contest for festival goers. In addition, Reed said MSA was working with downtown merchants to offer specials and discounts for those in attendance to continue their afternoon shopping in community stores. Festival goers will get the opportunity to participate in a drawing for discounts to local stores as well, Reed said. “Our intention for this would be to see it become an annual event,” Reed said. “We would like to see it expand and bring in people from other areas and other towns, to set it apart from some of the other things going on in other towns and draw people in to downtown West Point.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableMSA plans first ever Makin' Hay festivalDaily Times man charged in shooting2014-09-17T11:18:32-04:002014-09-17T11:18:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderA West Point man was charged with aggravated domestic violence after an alleged weekend shooting.West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at a residence on South Eshman Avenue.According to the incident report, 911 dispatch contacted first responders to report that at least one person involved in the alleged altercation had a gun in his possession, and at least one person had been shot.“The initial investigation revealed that there was some kind of altercation at the residence, in which at least one shot was fired,” Brinkley said. Officers arrived at the residence of Steve Barnett, 57, of West Point, and found one unidentified victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg from a small-caliber handgun. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, where he was treated and released.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableLocal man charged in shootingDaily Times shift intersection to new 4-way2014-09-16T10:59:28-04:002014-09-16T10:59:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe intersection of North Eshman Avenue and Hazelwood Road is currently a 2-way stop, but after Monday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, it will soon become a 4-way stop.District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said he expected the 4-way intersection to be implemented by the second week in October.“With all the work they’re doing out there for the Yokohama project, there’s been an increase in traffic on Hazelwood Road,” Horton said. “We’ve got to put a 4-way stop there.”He said the main concern for the intersection is its proximity to Oak Hill Academy, and the school bus and pedestrian routes that come through the area.“We’ve had a few accidents up there, and residents in the area called me with some concerns about school buses and kids going back and forth to school.”West Point, MSNo author availableSupervisors shift intersection to new 4-wayDaily Times OKs tax hike2014-09-16T10:55:15-04:002014-09-16T10:55:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year after a budget hearing Monday. The total projected revenue for the upcoming year was $8,972,512, and projected expenses totaled $12,304,071. The difference will be covered by grants and state aid funds.Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the total amount of expenditures decreased by more than $1.5 million from last year’s budget. “About $5 million of our revenue will come from ad valorem taxes,” Berry said. “There was a $37,561 increase from last year, which is about 1 percent.”She said the increase in ad valorem tax was primarily due to the Clay County Volunteer Fire Department fund. The volunteer fire fund was projected to have about $46,000 in expenses for the upcoming year.“Over time you build up a cushion of funds in areas like the volunteer fire department, and then you have to use those funds and play catch-up,” Berry said. “This year we’re having to play catch-up.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCounty OKs tax hikeDaily Times learn about alternative energy2014-09-15T11:01:40-04:002014-09-15T11:01:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comPenny Elliot took advantage of the clearing skies Friday afternoon to teach her fourth - grade class a lesson in solar energy. The students made ovens from cereal boxes, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, took them outside to see if the sun would heat graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Elliott has been conducting the experiment for more than six years at Central School with her sixth – grade classes. This is her first year to teach fourth grade at South Side Elementary. “We learned you can cook stuff just from the heat of the sun,” Tyler Staten, a student in Elliott's class said. “I didn't know whether it would work or not but it is really hot outside today.”Student Easton Ellis said the hotter the chocolate gets, the more it changes from a solid to a liquid form. It doesn't seem to affect the graham cracker or the marshmallows though, he said.“I think it's way more fun when you do an actual experiment and see what happens than to just read about it in a science book,” student Kaylee Bauer said. “This was a fun experiment.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableStudents learn about alternative energyDaily Times to crack down on vicious dogs2014-09-15T10:59:11-04:002014-09-15T10:59:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Police Department will start cracking down on residents who own vicious dogs and don't properly secure them. According to the city's animal ordinance, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, any mixed cross-breed German Shepherds and Chows are considered vicious animals. The ordinance requires that every vicious animal be contained within a building or secure enclosure, and securely muzzled or caged when off the owner's property.WPPD Animal Control Officer Eric Davis said some residents who own these types of dogs don't properly house them. He said he's been taking it easy on the owners, but is now giving them 90 days to properly house their animal, or he said he'll begin citing individuals."There will be no more warnings after this 90-day period," Davis said. "I've seen an increased number of people either getting bitten, or being chased while they're out walking."He said no one has been injured from a dog bite since he took the job as animal control officer in June. Despite this, he said, if a dog bites someone, it can become a simple assault charge for the owner. "Most of the time these dogs aren't trying to hurt anyone, but with their size it becomes a problem," Davis said. "A lot of kids in our city walk to and from school, and if one of these dogs is on the child's walking route, that can be dangerous."To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWPPD to crack down on vicious dogsDaily Times donates bus for AmbuBus kit2014-09-15T10:58:12-04:002014-09-15T10:58:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comIn a disaster transportation can be paramount, whether it's finding shelter or medical attention. The Clay County Emergency Management Agency and West Point School District have taken steps to increase the county's ability to transport citizens to a safe location.WPSD voted to donate a surplus school bus to Clay County EMA at its meeting Monday, and the bus will be outfitted with an AmbuBus kit.The AmbuBus kit is retrofitted to a bus, and used for mass evacuation and transport of special needs patients, casualties and others who require non-ambulatory transport, according to the AmbuBus website. Clay County EMA Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard said the county only has two ambulances, and if a mass disaster were to occur in the community, they would be quickly maxed out."We've been offered this $27,000grant from the Mississippi Department of Health to purchase the kit, and we just needed a bus to install it," Blissard said. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWPSD donates bus for AmbuBus kitDaily Times Center grand opening set for Sunday2014-09-15T10:56:52-04:002014-09-15T10:56:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comLouise Campbell has been a fixture in the Clay County arts community for more than 50 years, and next Sunday, she'll have the building to show for it.The city, West Point Clay County Growth Alliance and West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) will unveil the new Louise Campbell Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 on Commerce Street in West Point. The $460,000 project, which has been in the making since 2007 when the McClure family donated the facility for public use -- with renovations having been in the works since last spring -- will serve as the feather in the cap in one of the community's most anticipated initiatives. More importantly, Campbell said, it will finally give a blossoming arts community a home of its own. Campbell, who moved to West Point in 1960 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, has long been active in West Point arts. She began teaching at Central School and then later at Oak Hill Academy. Campbell was also among the first group of residents to form the local arts council. Having the building named in her honor was a touching and humbling sentiment, Campbell said."It's pretty awesome," Campbell said. "I'm really honored they chose to do that."WPCCAC President Scott Reed said the suggestion first came from Lee Stafford, longtime WPCCAC patron and first financial contributor to the project, and members thought it a fitting tribute."It was a very worthy distinction for him to make," Reed said. "She's done so much for the arts in West Point, from theater to Prairie Arts (Festival) to all of the projects she's been involved in."And those projects have been numerous. In addition to helping form the local arts council, Campbell helped spearhead the very first Prairie Arts Festival 36 years ago. Some of her favorite project however, she said, have been rooted in community theater. "We used to do the Follies ... we did it for a long time," Campbell said. "We had a director from New York come in and work with us, and we just had the best time. ... Even after all these years, you're still friends with alot of these people (who took part). "We put on 'The Sound of Music' one year, and that was really something," Campbell added. "We did it the same night as the very first Prairie Arts Festival, and all the same people who worked that were in 'The Sound of Music' too. I don't know how we managed, but we learned not to do that again. ... We put it on at Center Stage, and there was no air conditioning at the time."To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableArts Center grand opening set for SundayDaily Times