The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-19T11:49:18-04:00 to host drug drop2014-09-19T11:49:18-04:002014-09-19T11:49:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Police Department is will participate in a national prescription drug take-back event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The national drug take-back day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and is a way for citizens to discard outdated or unwanted prescription medication.According to a statement released to media, the DEA has hosted seven take-back days over the past four years and taken in 390 tons of pills. West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD took part in each take-back day the DEA hosted. “It’s not good to flush pills down the toilet or put them in the trash,” Brinkley said. “There’s too much of a chance for a child or an irresponsible adult to get a hold of them that way.”WPPD Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said there will be a collection box in the front lobby of the police department on East Westbrook Street. An officer will be on hand to help participants and keep watch on the drop box.“Citizens can bring their stuff in, no questions asked,” McGee said. “People don’t have to wait for the actual day, as they can bring their unwanted medications to WPPD any time, day or night, leading up to Sept. 27.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWPPD to host drug dropDaily Times's Corner2014-09-19T11:47:55-04:002014-09-19T11:47:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information on a string of alleged burglaries from May 2013.n About 9:30 a.m., May 7, 2013, officers responded to the 700 block of Meadowbrook Drive in reference to an alleged home burglary. According to the incident report, the homeowner said an Emerson 32-inch flat-screen television was allegedly taken from the living room of the residence. The suspect allegedly kicked through a door to gain entry to the house, according to the report. The homeowner reported that the alleged offenders also ate snacks from the house. The owner could not provide a serial number for the television.n On May 12, 2013, officers responded to the 700 block of Progress Street in reference to an alleged home break-in. According to the incident report, the homeowner arrived to find the living room and bedroom of the house had been “ram-shackled.” The offender allegedly shattered a bedroom window to gain entry to the residence. The homeowner reported that the offender threw furniture around the house, but that nothing was stolen.n On May 23, 2013, officers responded to the 1300 block of Hickory Drive in reference to an alleged burglary from an automobile. According to the incident report, two Apple iPad 2s were allegedly stolen from a vehicle parked on the street. One of the iPads was kept inside a black leather case, and the serial number was DN6G2JLFDFJ0. The owner couldn’t provide a serial number for the other tablet.n On May 26, 2013, officers responded to a home on East Morrow Street in reference to an alleged stolen vehicle. According to the incident report, a 2011 silver Chevrolet Camaro convertible was allegedly stolen from the residence while the owner was away for the Memorial Day holiday. A week after the car was reported stolen, WPPD officers found it a wooded area on Lenore Loop with extensive damageWest Point, MSNo author availableInvestigator's CornerDaily Times makes 2-pound pot bust2014-09-19T11:46:53-04:002014-09-19T11:46:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderUNA — Clay County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) deputies, in conjunction with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, arrested two Una residents Monday, after investigators executed a search warrant that allegedly yielded about 2 pounds of marijuana.Jerry Holliday, 34, and Ashley Salter, 30, both of Una, were taken into custody on charges of manufacturing marijuana, according to a CCSD statement issued to media Thursday. The arrests were the result of a long running investigation, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott.In addition, Scott said two children were removed from the home at 15770 Les Burns Road in Una and placed within the Department of Human Services’ custody. Holliday and Salter were additionally charged with two counts of child endangerment due to the volume of substance allegedly found on the premises, Scott said. “We work really hard when children are involved around drug-related activities,” Scott said. “We won’t hesitate to get the right authorities involved and do what we have to do.”Holliday and Salter were taken to Clay County Detention Center and housed on $45,000 bond. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCCSD makes 2-pound pot bustDaily Times CCSD, MBN make 2-pound pot bust2014-09-18T15:43:14-04:002014-09-18T15:43:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderUNA — Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies, in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, arrested two county residents on drug charges Monday after police allegedly seized about 2 pounds of marijuana from an Una home. Jerry Holliday, 34, of Una and Ashley Salter, 30, of Una, were arrested after officers executed a search warrant at their residence on 15770 Les Burns Road. Both were charged with manufacturing marijuana and two counts each of child endangerment. West Point, MSNo author availableBREAKING: CCSD, MBN make 2-pound pot bustDaily Times start celebrates 50th anniversary2014-09-18T11:14:39-04:002014-09-18T11:14:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe National Head Start Association (NHSA) celebrates 50 years of operation this year, and the Clay County Head Start Center got in on the action Wednesday with a spirit demonstration.Each of the center’s students dressed in red, white or blue and used musical instruments and other noise-makers to demonstrate their school spirit.Clay County Head Start Center Director Albertina Bell said NHSA would host a variety of events throughout the next year to celebrate its anniversary, and that it was a good opportunity to teach the kids about school spirit.“This was really about showing unity, and what it means to have school spirit,” Bell said. “The teachers and parents did a phenomenal job in helping us get ready for this demonstration.”Bell said she notified the teachers and parents Tuesday afternoon, and that the faculty and students showed out even on such short notice.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableHead start celebrates 50th anniversaryDaily Times set to host first 'Hometown Heroes' cookoff Saturday2014-09-18T11:12:42-04:002014-09-18T11:12:42-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader life@dailytimesleader.comResidents of West Point and Clay County who believe they make the best ribs or boston butts, are invited to let the judges decide at the West Point Civitan Club’s first ever Hometown Heroes Barbecue Cookoff, Saturday at the Mossy Oak Pavilion in West Point. The name Hometown Heroes Barbecue is from the Civitan International tag line, “Hometown Heroes” that calls attention to Civitan Club’s across the U.S. who are heroes in service to the community. Teams and individuals are encouraged to set up smokers and grills Friday night. The fee to enter the competition is $100 per team or $30 for an individual.“We Civitans thought this would be a fun event for people who love good food to help out their favorite cooks,” Peggy Goode, treasurer of the Civitan Club, said. “All the Civitan Club collects is the entrance fee. The people doing the cooking can sell their food and keep all the profits.”Goode said as this is the group’s first year to sponsor the event, it will be a test run. The idea has been in the works since June and club members are excited as the event draws closer. The club hopes to make this an annual fundraiser and maybe partner with other nonprofit organizations next year, Goode said. “The original idea was for this to be a fundraiser for many of West Point’s organizations,” Goode said. “That’s the main reason for allowing groups or individuals to sell sandwiches or plates and retain the proceeds. We will welcome anyone who wants to join us, even if they haven’t let us know in advance, there’s plenty of room.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCivitans set to host first 'Hometown Heroes' cookoff SaturdayDaily Times volunteer firefighters honored2014-09-18T11:11:07-04:002014-09-18T11:11:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comFirefighters with the Clay County Volunteer Fire Department may receive no compensation for their work other than a thank you, but members of the community came together to show their appreciation for the firefighters Tuesday night at the Civic in West Point.The Clay County Board of Supervisors hosted the event, with District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus supplying the barbecue chicken, and handed out certificates to some long-serving volunteer firefighters.“We’ve been kicking the idea of an appreciation night around for a while, and it kept getting away from us,” Lummus said. “We just wanted to come together and thank our volunteer firefighters for everything they do.”He said the event was a joint effort from the Board of Supervisors, along with Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry’s staff. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCounty volunteer firefighters honoredDaily Times 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