The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-30T09:59:55-04:00 Point CTC receives food grant; students to begin garden2014-09-30T09:59:55-04:002014-09-30T09:59:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Career and Technology Center received a $500 grant from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to start a school garden.The grant is part of the state’s Farm to School program to encourage serving locally-grown and locally-produced agricultural products in school meals, as well as the economic and health benefits of serving locally-grown foods.Career and Technology Center Culinary Arts Instructor Jessica Moss said she applied for the grant after the first week of school in August. She said she’d always wanted to grow fruits and vegetables to bring in the kitchen and show students how to prepare fresh produce.“It’s going to be an 8-foot by 60-foot garden, so it’s going to be pretty big,” Moss said. “We eat a lot of packaged and processed foods, and I want to show students how to make something nice that’s grown in their backyard.”She said the culinary arts class, along with Alan Leonard’s agricultural sciences class, will plant and harvest fall and winter vegetables this semester.Leonard said the school garden will allow students to see the process of food production from start to finish. West Point, MSNo author availableWest Point CTC receives food grant; students to begin gardenDaily Times tax assessor prepares to collect2014-09-30T09:58:54-04:002014-09-30T09:58:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comResidents with delinquent personal property taxes may want to consider paying them, as Clay County Tax Assessor Paige Lampkin said she’ll be visiting those who haven’t paid by Oct. 17.In Mississippi the personal property tax only applies to businesses, and taxes furniture, fixtures and equipment used to operate a business. Lampkin said there was about $9,000 worth of delinquent taxes in Clay County for 2013.“The personal property taxes were due on Feb. 1, just like real property taxes,” Lampkin said. “If they don’t pay, these businesses can be closed and the contents of the buildings can be sold for delinquent taxes.”She said when the taxes weren’t paid on time, her office began sending out letters and then making phone calls to the business owners who had not paid“Personal property taxes can be a struggle for us,” Lampkin said. “It’s a lot of the same businesses as last year that haven’t paid.”She said the next step is for she and Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott to personally track down those who haven’t paid. Scott said the Clay County Sheriff’s Department will assist the tax assessor just like it would any other agency, and that he’s responsible for all the processes that go through the tax assessor and chancery clerk’s office.West Point, MSNo author availableCounty tax assessor prepares to collectDaily Times seek suspects in Texaco robbery2014-09-30T09:57:57-04:002014-09-30T09:57:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police Department officers are seeking information regarding an alleged robbery. According to a WPPD release, officers responded to a call just before midnight Friday to the Texaco station at 1404 Highway 45 North in West Point in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Texaco staff reportedly told police that a black man wearing black pants, black shirt, black shoes and gray gloves came into the store with a red cloth covering his head and face. When personnel asked the suspect to remove the cloth, he entered the area behind the counter and allegedly displayed a knife to the attendant. Staff told police the assailant demanded money from the register and then fled the store. The suspect allegedly escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, despite searches of the surrounding area and a nearby neighbor. Police are reviewing store surveillance footage in hopes of obtaining further leads. The investigation remains ongoing. West Point, MSNo author availablePolice seek suspects in Texaco robberyDaily Times arrested in weekend stabbing2014-09-30T09:56:47-04:002014-09-30T09:56:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police Department investigators are working to uncover the details of an alleged weekend stabbing.About 11:20 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the American Legion Post No. 212 on East Morrow Street in reference to a possible stabbing. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman, whose name has not been released, suffering from an alleged stab wound.According to a WPPD statement issued to media, the victim told police she was in the parking lot of the “Hut,” when she was approached at her vehicle by two suspects. One allegedly assaulted the victim and then both fled the scene. Police believe the assault was the result of a previous altercation, the cause of which remains under investigation, according to the statement. The victim, who was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus and treated for non life-threatening injuries, reportedly identified her assailant, prompting a citywide search. Shortly thereafter, Bridgette R. Randle, 28, of West Point, surrendered herself to officers at West Point Police Department without incident. Randle was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault. She was housed briefly in the Clay County Detention Center and then released on $10,000 bond.Randle is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. today in West Point Municipal Court. The investigation is ongoing.Anyone with further information regarding this or any other incident may call WPPD at 494-1422 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.West Point, MSNo author availableOne arrested in weekend stabbingDaily Times Police arrest one in weekend stabbing2014-09-29T13:44:35-04:002014-09-29T13:44:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police Department investigators are working to uncover the details of an alleged weekend stabbing.About 11:20 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the American Legion Post No. 212 on East Morrow Street in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman, whose name has not been released, suffering from an alleged stab wound. Shortly thereafter, police arrested Bridgette Randle, 28, of West Point, in connection to the incident. She was charged with one count of aggravated assault. Randle was released on $10,000 bond. West Point, MSNo author availableBREAKING: Police arrest one in weekend stabbingDaily Times Christmas Child volunteers already at work in Clay County2014-09-29T11:15:35-04:002014-09-29T11:15:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comMONTPELIER — Operation Christmas Child began as an idea Oct. 10, 1990, when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wrexham, Wales, were watching a broadcast on Romanian orphanages. They wondered how ordinary people could help the real victims — the children — who lived in situations such as this day after day. The couple knew they could not stop the wars, but they could offer something. Together, they filled a convoy of nine trucks with medical supplies, food, clothing and Christmas gifts for children and headed into Romania, which had been devastated by war. This was the beginning of the world’s largest children’s Christmas program.In 1993, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan’s Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Since then, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been delivered to hurting children in more than 135 countries.Linda Hazzard of the Montpelier community is already working on her yearly contribution. Hazzard has made 61 dresses so far to be placed in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to be sent to children around the world this year during the Christmas season. “I lost my daughter when she was 4 years old,” Hazzard said. “I was sitting one day a couple of years ago and it felt like she was speaking to my heart, telling me that with how much I loved to sew, I needed to sew dresses for little girls through Operation Christmas Child. I felt it was God's way of leading me to share his love with little girls I would never know.”Hazzard said she sews little peasant dresses and baby pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child. This is the second year she has felt the calling to sew the dresses to be given away at Christmas. She said the church she attends, Montpelier Baptist Church, participates in the program. “Most of the material I use has been donated by friends,” Hazzard said. “People have given me men's dress shirts that their husbands have outgrown and I make dresses from those. Some that have the front shirt pocket can be used by my removing the pocket and sewing it back on lower on the dress. I made a dress from two handkerchiefs with smiley faces and tie dye circles that my granddaughter said any little girl would love.” To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableOperation Christmas Child volunteers already at work in Clay CountyDaily Times Arts hosts first performance2014-09-29T11:12:55-04:002014-09-29T11:12:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comThe arts have taken a new turn for fifth- through eighth-grade students in West Point via the district's first ever integrated performing arts program. The program, which seeks to incorporate various aspects of performance art — such as theater and music — into one core class curriculum, held its first performance Saturday at Center Stage in West Point. The course, which enrolls about 57 students from Fifth Street and Central schools, is a new initiative for the school system, and one Superintendent Burnell McDonald said he feels is going well. "A couple of concerned parents came in and talked to us last year about providing other activities, especially in the arts," McDonald said. " ... The parents were the ones that really sparked the interest. ... We did a little research and visited with some other schools doing similar things. The school board gave us the go ahead to pursue it, and here we are. ... I think it's going wonderfully. ... The kids really seem to enjoy being in the class."Integrated arts teacher Jonette Wilburn said she enjoys working with her students just as much. Wilburn, a Mississippi State University graduate and first-year teacher said she based the year's curriculum on five major frameworks as outlined by MSU for integrated arts: history and culture, critical analysis, connections, aesthetics and performance. As with any new curriculum, it has been a learning experience for both teacher and students, she said. "I'm learning the entire time the kids are," Wilburn saidd. "I'm understanding them more and more, and I feel like the last four weeks especially we've all bonded and come together more quickly than what I think a lot of programs do."The reason in part, she said, was due to the nature of the course itself. Wilburn said it was crucial in performing arts for students to be comfortable with one another, and thus for the first 2 1/2 weeks, students worked nothing but improvisation exercises. The exercises, she said, inspired confidence not only in interacting with one another but also within students themselves.West Point, MSNo author availableIntegrated Arts hosts first performanceDaily Times prepares for upcoming election2014-09-29T11:09:01-04:002014-09-29T11:09:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comCounty officials are once again preparing the polls, as Mississippi's 2014 general election is just about a month away. The Nov. 4 election will see statewide votes for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and local elections for Clay County Circuit Court judge and West Point Consolidated School Board members.For the Senate race, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will face former congressman Travis Childers (D-Booneville). Cochran secured the nomination after defeating Tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) in a runoff election June 24.The House of Representatives race for the 1st Congressional District will see incumbent Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) challenged by Ron E. Dickey (D-Horn Lake), Danny Bedwell (L-Columbus) and Lajena Walley (Ref-Ovett).Locally, Kenny Griffis will run unopposed for District 3 Court of Appeals, and Jim Davidson and Dorothy Colom will run unopposed for District 2 and District 3 chancery court judge, respectively.Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell the chancery judge votes would affect the style of the ballot a citizen receives."Some precincts won't have the chancery vote on their ballot," Harrell said. "Some will have either district 2 or 3 depending on where they live."Circuit Court Place 3 Judge Lee Coleman will seek his second term against attorney Monique Montgomery. Henry Brown and Wendy Fuller will square off for West Point Consolidated School Board District 1, while Cameron Boyd, Tommy Coleman and Annie Johnson will vie for the District 2 spot.West Point, MSNo author availableCounty prepares for upcoming electionDaily Times laws set to change Oct. 12014-09-29T11:08:09-04:002014-09-29T11:08:09-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comA change in Mississippi’s DUI law will take effect on Wednesday, and it’s a change that comes with questions. Under the new law, citizens with a first offense DUI conviction will have the chance to have the charge expunged from legal record. Under the new law, if a person is convicted of a DUI 1st, they must obtain an ignition interlock device for every vehicle they own for 90 days. The law previously called for a 90-day driver’s license suspension.Clay County Prosecutor Michelle Easterling said the new law will help citizens who are in school or have jobs, since it wouldn’t take away their driving privileges.“People won’t lose their licenses if they agree to get an ignition interlock system and pay to have it installed on any vehicle they drive,” Easterling said. “It will be offered as an option for traditional suspension.”An ignition interlock device connects the vehicle’s ignition system to a breath-alcohol analyzer and would prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood-alcohol content exceeds the calibrated setting on the device. “It tests your breath before you can start the vehicle, and every so often it will tell you to pull over and blow again before you continue driving,” Easterling said. “The problem there being that it only tests for alcohol — not other controlled substances — and alcohol is not the only substance that impairs driving.”According to the Mothers Agains Drunk Driving website, interlocks cost about $70-$150 to install and about $60-$80 a month for monitoring and calibration. Easterling said offenders would be required to pay for the device.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableDUI laws set to change Oct. 1Daily Times 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True2014-09-26T14:51:47-04:002014-09-26T14:51:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually TrueDaily Times