The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-21T11:17:08-04:00 Auxiliary partners with BPL to host ‘Fall in Love with Reading’ program2014-10-21T11:17:08-04:002014-10-21T11:17:08-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe 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. “As chairman of our ‘Reading Is Fun’ project, it is my goal to encourage the love of reading to all children in our community,” Ivey Ivy, of the JAWP, said. “We want to put books into the hands of children by partnering with other organizations such as the Bryan Public Library. We want to gain more partners committed to increasing early childhood literacy.” Ivy said with strong partnerships groups are able to combine resources and reach a greater number of children.“This is a joint corroboration between Ivey and myself,” Dawn Richardson, children’s librarian at the BPL, said. “The Junior Auxiliary of West Point is sending out flyers to all area elementary schools, kindergartens and child care facilities. We would love to have every child in West Point and Clay County participate.”West Point, MSNo author availableJunior Auxiliary partners with BPL to host ‘Fall in Love with Reading’ programDaily Times Legion hosting veterans lunch2014-10-21T11:11:00-04:002014-10-21T11:11:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest 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.”He said the activities of the American Legion vary by post, but that the non-partisan organization was formed in 1919 as a way to assist veterans returning home from service. “We do things like sponsor a local Cub Scout group and let them use our building,” Gibson said. “We also sponsor a BB gun competition for young kids in addition to donating money to charities like the Salvation Army.”The Legion also features programs such as American Legion baseball, scouting, oratorical contests and scholarships, according to Gibson.West Point, MSNo author availableAmerican Legion hosting veterans lunchDaily Times Boulevard to finish ahead of schedule2014-10-21T11:08:13-04:002014-10-21T11:08:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe 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.“We’re easily going to beat that deadline,” Freeman said. “Realistically the road will probably be complete by the end of November.”Calvert-Spradling President Robert Calvert said the groundwork for the road began in February, and crews from Eutaw Construction began paving the road in early July.“There have been some minor setbacks from the weather, but everything is winding down and under budget,” Calvert said. “It rained almost every day the crews were out there trying to do the dirt work, but they got it done.”West Point, MSNo author availableYokohama Boulevard to finish ahead of scheduleDaily Times weather scenario up on county’s radar2014-10-21T10:59:43-04:002014-10-21T10:59:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comEmergency 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. The West Point Clay County Emergency Management Agency will work to bring the public to a state of awareness concerning severe weather situations from Oct. 27-31, according to county EMA Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard. In addition to issuing information on what to do in the event of an emergency through local media, Blissard said the county would participate in a statewide tornado drill. Beginning 9:15 a.m., weather sirens throughout West Point and Clay County would be activated, and residents, businesses and schools were encouraged to take that time to practice their own tornado drill plans, she said. It's a long-time practice that Blissard said she felt had been beneficial to residents in years passed, particularly in 2011, when a tornado ripped through the Montpelier community."We had quite a bit of damage … we were actually federally declared (a disaster area)," Blissard said. "I think (providing this information) just helped citizens to be better prepared and adhere to the warnings put out. It hit during the early morning hours, while most people were still asleep. We didn't have the weather sirens (out in the county) at that time, but we had things like NOAA weather radios and TV … things that helped them prepare to weather the storm. And I think it did because we had no fatalities or injuries."West Point, MSNo author availableSevere weather scenario up on county’s radarDaily Times Way set to host annual Day of Caring2014-10-20T12:00:10-04:002014-10-20T12:00:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comUnited 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. "The event is a way to give residents the opportunity to see first-hand where their donations are going," Hays said. "We invite local business to provide us with volunteers to do a little work with some of our agencies."She said business sending volunteers include the West Point School District, the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance, North Mississippi Medical Center, Ellis Steel and Southern Ionics."The majority of these volunteers will spend time at Sally Kate Winters Family Services and the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter," Hays said. "Some others will work at the Clay County Community Day Care and the Arc of Clay County."Amanda Ulbrich, an accountant with Southern Ionics, said the Day of Caring would be a great opportunity for local businesses to give a little back."The event gives some of us a convenient time-frame to get out and help," Ulbrich said. "A lot of times we just don't have the available time to do any volunteer work, so it's good to set something up like this event where local businesses agree to pitch in."Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said she'd go wherever she was needed, but would mainly be volunteering at the animal shelter."I've always wanted to go out there and volunteer, and it's just been a matter of not being able to squeeze it in," Klutts said. "I work with a lot of similar organizations, and this will give me the chance to work with something new."To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableUnited Way set to host annual Day of CaringDaily Times district accountability scores released2014-10-20T11:59:03-04:002014-10-20T11:59:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderMississippi 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.“We were hoping it would be a little better,” said West Point School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Fowler. “But we did come up in several areas. It just wasn’t enough.”Clay County School District, which consists of West Clay Elementary School, remained unchanged from 2013 as well, with a “C” rating.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableSchool district accountability scores releasedDaily Times splits in armed robbery trial2014-10-20T11:58:10-04:002014-10-20T11:58:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe 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.Karriem’s attorney, Mark Cliett, said that the case came down to one man’s word against another, and that there was no forensic evidence against Karriem.“The whole issue of this trial is credibility,” Cliett said. “The victim at first said he couldn’t identify the offenders, then went off and saw people talking on Facebook and came back and said it was Joshua Karriem.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableJury splits in armed robbery trialDaily Times SEC Is 1st Conference To Put 4 In Top 5 Of AP Poll2014-10-20T10:45:40-04:002014-10-20T10:45:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: SEC Is 1st Conference To Put 4 In Top 5 Of AP PollDaily Times The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 20142014-10-17T18:08:38-04:002014-10-17T18:08:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014Daily Times' Wolf Museum donates to soldiers2014-10-17T11:13:17-04:002014-10-17T11:13:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comIn 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.“I sent him over a package with a cap and some T-shirts,” Huffstetler said. “His buddies in the unit would get excited about it, so I started looking at different music festivals in the Southeast and talking to them about donating leftover T-shirts and things, and started sending bigger packages over.”Since then, Tony has served an additional tour in Iraq, and since September 2013 has been deployed to Afghanistan, and likewise, the effort has blossomed. Huffstetler said he sends about five shipments a year to the 12-18 man unit: July 4, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Tony’s birthday. Each shipment contains anywhere from six to 20 packages, complete with concert and festival T-shirts, CDs, DVDs and various other donated items.“I just want to show my appreciation,” Huffstetler said. “I appreciate their service to the country. … A lot of times they give stuff away to the children and people in the villages and providences there rather than keep it.”Huffstetler said he generally located festivals and potential donors online, however a trip to his hometown of Florence, Ala., turned his attention to West Point when he stopped in an independent record store and saw a Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival poster on the wall. Huffstetler contacted Richard Ramsey, Howlin’ Wolf Museum operator and Prairie Belt Blues Foundation vice president, about donating items to the cause. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableHowlin' Wolf Museum donates to soldiersDaily Times