The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-21T11:17:16-04:00 College Football Preview: Breaking down the SEC2014-08-21T11:17:16-04:002014-08-21T11:17:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: College Football Preview: Breaking down the SECDaily Times addresses Civitans, outlines activities at Dugan Memorial Home2014-08-21T11:14:01-04:002014-08-21T11:14:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comJackie Jackson has been with Dugan Memorial Home in West Point for 14 years. She began her career at Dugan as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) in 2000. She was offered a position as assistant to the activities director. When the activities director resigned, Jackson was offered the position of activities director herself. “I feel that what I do is a calling,” Jackson said. “I love elderly people. I love all kinds of people, but the elderly have a special place in my heart. My goal is to see to it that the ones who are able, continue doing the things they enjoyed before coming to Dugan.”Jackson said most of the residents are fond of church services and attend the ones offered at Dugan. They go to services on Sunday and Bible study during the week. She said Monday, Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday in the month are the days the residents play bingo. She said there would be a riot if bingo days were canceled. The residents can go to the beauty shop on campus on Thursdays, then they walk across the hall to have a manicure, Jackson said. West Point, MSNo author availableJackson addresses Civitans, outlines activities at Dugan Memorial HomeDaily Times closes West Point Hibbett2014-08-21T11:12:04-04:002014-08-21T11:12:04-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderA Clay County man is in the custody of the West Point Police Department after crashing his Ford Explorer into the front window of Hibbett Sports Wednesday afternoon in West Point.The man drove over the sidewalk and into the concrete and glass facade of the store a little after 3 p.m.WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said no one was injured in the crash, and the driver was taken to the police department for questioning. The name of the driver was not released as of press time Wednesday.The West Point Fire Department responded to the scene and removed the vehicle from inside the store. Although the facade of the store and some indoor racks and merchandise were demolished, the vehicle only incurred minor damage and was still drivable when a WPFD firefighter backed it out of the store. It was then taken away by wrecker service.Hibbett District Sales Manager Blake Carrol declined to comment, citing company legal policy, though he said he was glad no one was injured. Hibbett will be closed until further notice. West Point, MSNo author availableCrash closes West Point HibbettDaily Times Street road work finishing up2014-08-21T11:09:27-04:002014-08-21T11:09:27-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point residents traveling on East Main Street have likely noticed crews working on the sewer lines in the street in front of Sunflower, and may be happy to know their detouring days are winding down.West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said he expected the sewer line repair, a two-and-a-half month process, to be complete by Wednesday afternoon.“There were a lot of unhappy residents that will be very happy we’re done,” Prisock said. “None of them will be as happy as I am.”He said the original line was installed in 1953 and used clay pipe with cement joints, which was the standard back then. This process created a very rigid pipe system prone to cracking when the ground shifts, according to Prisock.“We replaced pipes from Main and Mulberry Street to almost Main and Fifth Street, and there were multiple cavities in the ground in that area,” he said. “The only way to fix all those is to just replace the line.”He said Water and Light workers encountered cavities up to 10 feet in diameter, and two sand pockets that were 12 feet deep. The sand came from previous repair jobs in the area, as in the past it was quicker and easier to use sand than dirt.West Point, MSNo author availableMain Street road work finishing upDaily Times step up festival security efforts2014-08-20T11:46:10-04:002014-08-20T11:46:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Prairie Arts and Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues festivals getting closer by the minute, preparations are headed down the home stretch. Festival coordinators and law enforcement officials have turned their eyes to one of the most important aspects of the weekend: safety.West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director — and Prairie Arts festival coordinator — Lisa Klutts said the Growth Alliance works with the West Point Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department to make the event at Sally Kate Winters Park as safe as possible.“This is a family-friendly environment and we take the safety of the public and our vendors very seriously,” Klutts said. “We’re mindful of what it takes to maintain a safe environment with 40,000 people potentially packed into our downtown.”West Point, MSNo author availableOfficials step up festival security effortsDaily Times’s College comes to West Point2014-08-20T11:43:50-04:002014-08-20T11:43:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) will host its 2014 Cattlemen’s College from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Town Creek Farm in West Point. The event is free, but requires registration, and will feature speakers and programs pertaining to a variety of ranch and farm related topics.Clay County Mississippi State University Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said the MCA has hosted the college for the past two years, and this is the first one to be held in the Golden Triangle.“They do one in the northern part of the state and one in the south,” McClenton said. “The second one will be the day after ours in Brookhaven.”He said the cattle college is producer-oriented, and covers all aspects of beef and cattle production. The college gives cattlemen and women cost-effective options on how to manage their cow herd, manage grass and how to keep a cow in pasture longer, according to McClenton.MCA President Price Wallace said in a media release that MCA knows producers must be experts in their field in order to continue to be successful.“We strive to provide the most current topics and foremost speakers for our event,” Wallace said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for cattlemen and women to learn more about the most current management practices, as well as industry issues that could impact their beef business.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCattlemen’s College comes to West PointDaily Times time escapee arrested in Indiana2014-08-20T11:40:11-04:002014-08-20T11:40:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comA twice escaped Clay County inmate ended his latest stint on the run Monday night in Anderson, Ind.About 7:26 p.m. Monday, U.S. Marshals arrested Marquis D. Boyd, 23, of West Point, following a brief car chase. He was booked at 7:50 p.m. into Madison County Detention Center in Anderson, Ind., where he was held without bond. Boyd was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Anderson.Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said deputies were awaiting the results of Boyd’s hearing to determine the next course of action. Results were unavailable as of press time Tuesday.“It’ll all depend if he decides to sign the waiver of extradition,” Scott said. “If he signs the waiver, we can go get him immediately. If he refuses then it’ll just take a little more time. We’ll have to go through the DA’s office. … Either way, he’s coming back. Hopefully we can get this done before the week’s up.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableTwo time escapee arrested in IndianaDaily Times Clay residents 'Step On It!'2014-08-19T10:52:01-04:002014-08-19T10:52:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comStep On It! is a program sponsored by Gentiva Home Health and Hospice to keep senior citizens moving and healthy. Gentiva Home Health and Hospice physical therapist Casey Clark introduced the Step On It! program to the residents of the Henry Clay Retirement Community in West Point Friday. The program encourages people of retirement age to maintain good health throughout their lives. “We are giving each resident a pedometer,” Clark said. “They can use it to count steps. There are 5,280 feet in a mile and approximately 2,000 steps in a mile. Retirees can make walking every day into a fun competition. Pick a destination and see which group can get there first. As human beings, we seem to be wired up to be competitive. Why not use that competitive spirit to stay healthy?”Dee Mathis, director of resident services, suggested the residents figuratively “walk to Columbus.” She asked the residents to split up into two teams of five. She said Columbus is about 20 miles away, it would take around 40,000 steps to reach the destination. Each resident wears their pedometer all day and makes a note of all their steps on a chart provided by Step On It! The first team to reach 40,000 steps wins, according to Mathis. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableHenry Clay residents 'Step On It!'Daily Times veteran center offers counseling2014-08-19T10:49:16-04:002014-08-19T10:49:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Jackson Veteran Center Mobile Clinic will be on hand to provide counseling for local combat veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Walmart parking lot in West Point.The Vet Center and G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center launched a collaborative initiative in March to reach out to veterans and their families and assist them in finding health care and other services.Jackson Vet Center Outreach Program Specialist Don Malin said the Vet Center works for the Department of Veteran Affairs, and provides readjustment counseling service for combat veterans.“We have this initiative which is to get the mobile vet center to reach 68 counties and parishes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas in the span of one year,” Malin said. “The initiative started in March and will conclude in March 2015, and we’re about halfway through our intended goal at this point.”The mobile clinic will offer individual, group and family readjustment to assist service members in making a successful transition from combat to civilian life, according to Malin. He said the clinic will also provide counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma and bereavement for veterans of both genders.“If they don’t have that kind of need, we also try to help them access other resources,” Malin said. “We can connect with someone who will be able to help them receive the benefits they’re entitled to.”West Point, MSNo author availableMobile veteran center offers counselingDaily Times caution against realistic BB guns2014-08-19T10:44:45-04:002014-08-19T10:44:45-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comLocal law enforcement officials are warning West Point and Clay County residents against the use and display of BB guns, pellet guns or toy guns that look like actual firearms.West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the West Point Police Department is encouraging parents not to buy these type of guns for their kids, and if the parent knows the child has one, to not let them leave the home with it.“Seeing these kinds of realistic looking pellet guns or toy guns is common enough that it’s disturbing,” Brinkley said. “If an officer sees someone with a gun that looks to be the real thing, often times they have to make a split-second decision in how to deal with it.”He said that while manufacturers add an orange tip to most guns that are meant to look realistic, many people paint over the tip or remove it. Even with the orange tip, it can be difficult to distinguish between a toy gun or pellet gun at night, according to Brinkley.Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said people typically paint over the tip not to fool law enforcement, but to impress their friends or make people think they’re carrying a real gun.“These realistic-looking weapons have been a problem for years,” Scott said. “Officers train to identify if a possible offender has a weapon, and if so, what their intent is. We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve never had an injury or death because of someone pulling a fake gun on an officer.”Brinkley said officers could legally use a level of force that’s one degree above the level of force with which they are threatened. If an offender pulls a knife, the officer can respond with a Taser or pepper spray, but if an offender pulls a gun, there’s nothing but lethal force, according to Brinkley.West Point, MSNo author availableOfficials caution against realistic BB gunsDaily Times