The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-20T11:46:10-04:00 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 This day in history2014-08-18T11:01:10-04:002014-08-18T11:01:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="1" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26525051" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: This day in historyDaily Times Recovery group offers support2014-08-15T11:49:10-04:002014-08-15T11:49:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comFour years ago, the Golden Triangle community got a lifeline in the way of resident support through Celebrate Recovery, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing a community in which participants struggling with a number of life’s ails may find strength and safety. It’s a mission about which Jean Bryan, ministry leader, feels particularly passionate.Bryan addressed West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater to outline the program and spread the word on what it seeks to provide residents of the Golden Triangle. Bryan said while the Christian-based group does not offer counseling or therapy, it does provide support for those struggling with addiction — be it drugs, alcohol, prescription substances, pornography, food or otherwise — co-dependency, self mutilation, relational issues, depression and more hoping to turn their lives around.“Everyone there has been broken and hurting in some way before,” Bryan said. “… Wherever you are in life, you’re coming to a place where there is no condemnation … and there is no judgment. … We’re just praying and crying and loving on people that life has kicked them, and it’s kicked them hard.”The program meets 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Starkville. Bryan said participants began with a fellowship meal until beginning a “large group” session — which offers an opportunity to hear testimony, praise and worship or a specific recovery-centered teaching for the week — at 6:45 p.m. From there, participants move into “small group” sessions, which are gender and issue specific, such as sober living or behavioral support groups. Participants each get a few minutes to share their experiences openly within the cluster, or listen until such time they feel safe and comfortable enough to share, Bryan said. “We’ve had people who have been through something traumatic that will just let it all out that first time,” Bryan said. “Others will sit and not say a word for six weeks.”Each small group has a facilitator who works to make certain Celebrate Recovery guidelines are maintained at all times, which include making certain everyone is listened to and made to feel comfortable. Once small groups have been complete, participants unite once more for “Solid Rock Cafe,” an opportunity to meet and greet, exchange numbers for those hoping to maintain an “accountability buddy” or just unwind and reflect on the day’s lesson. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCelebrate Recovery group offers supportDaily Times Club enjoys sweet fundraiser among members2014-08-15T11:25:09-04:002014-08-15T11:25:09-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe Pilot Club of West Point held a dessert/white elephant auction after the conclusion of the business meeting Tuesday night in the dining room of the Henry Clay Retirement Center in West Point. “This is always a fun way to raise a little money in – house,” Sandra Cox, member of the fundraising committee, said. “People bring either a dessert or a decorative or household item for the members to bid on. Sometimes the bidding gets a little heated, but everyone laughs a lot and has a good time.”Mary Ann Shows, a member of the fundraising committee, said she walks around the room with desserts ranging from homemade banana pudding, chocolate delight, a Jubilations Cheesecake to no – bake cookies, to tempt Pilots into bidding on the goodies. Shows said it was all in fun and she enjoyed playing auctioneer during the event. “The item bringing in the highest bid was a carved wooden decorative Christmas tree,” Michele Estes, a Pilot Club director, said. “The bidding for it got up to $50. There is always one thing that everyone would like to have and the bidding war begins. It’s a nice way to make money for club projects and no one ever gets their feelings hurt, it’s just a lot of fun.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availablePilot Club enjoys sweet fundraiser among membersDaily Times police investigate burglaries2014-08-15T11:21:16-04:002014-08-15T11:21:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comInvestigators with the West Point Police Department are looking for any information regarding three burglaries which took place throughout the last week in July.n On July 24 officers responded to the 200 block of Old White Road in reference to an alleged burglary of a dwelling. According to the incident report, an A-frame loader was allegedly taken from the owner’s garage. The piece of equipment was 14 feet tall with a reddish brown color and 5-inch tubing. WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the A-frame was used to lift car engines, and due to its size, it would have taken more than one person to move the frame.n On July 25, officers responded to Bugg Street Storage in reference to a burglary. According to the incident report, someone allegedly broken into one of the storage units and took an antique television/radio combo, a barbecue grill and assorted clothing. Lee said the padlock on the storage unit had been broken.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableLocal police investigate burglariesDaily Times