The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-27T10:26:19-04:00 Hill Academy names new headmaster2015-04-27T10:26:19-04:002015-04-27T10:26:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point, MSWilliam B. CarrollOak Hill Academy names new headmasterDaily Times Triangle CEO leads cheer for local development2015-04-23T14:27:59-04:002015-04-23T14:27:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point, MSWilliam B. CarrollGolden Triangle CEO leads cheer for local developmentDaily Times What is going on around West Point2015-04-22T21:26:25-04:002015-04-22T21:26:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point, MSWilliam B. CarrollWednesday: What is going on around West PointDaily Times of West Point revises building permit fees2015-04-21T15:35:26-04:002015-04-21T11:36:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe City of West Point will be making some changes to its code of ordinances for building, electrical and plumbing. West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said that portions of the city code were out of date, and that he and Building Inspector Roy Shannon had been working to revise the ordinance for a few months. "Since becoming mayor, I've seen the value in the permit system," Robinson said. "Going through proper channels during construction saves lives and property."He said some of the costs for building permit fees, electrical inspection, plumbing permits and penalties hadn't been updated since the 1980s. The revised ordinance adds $10 to the upfront cost of each building permit.Citizens performing $1,000 or less in construction would be required to pay $25 for a permit. For those doing $1,001 to $50,000, the permit would cost $25 for the first $1,000 worth of work, plus $5 for each additional $1,000 worth of work.Those performing $50,001 to $100,000 in construction would be required to pay $270 for the first $50,000 worth of work, plus $3 for each additional thousand. Citizens performing $100,001 to $500,000 worth of construction would be required to pay $470 for the first $100,000 plus $3 for each additional fraction.A permit for $500,001 worth of work and up would be $1,670 for the first $500,000, plus $2 for each additional thousand. "We didn't arrive at these prices arbitrarily," Robinson said. "Our building inspector called around to some other towns in the state, and we used those numbers when setting our prices."As for plumbing, permits would cost $25 for each building sewer, $15 for installation, alteration or repair of water treating equipment, $10 for installation of a water heater, $25 for each building sewer replacement and $20 for vacuum breakers or backflow protective devices installed subsequent to the installation of the piping or equipment. The ordinance also made some changes to the amount charged for penalties, as Robinson said there was no definitive wording for some penalties in the previous ordinance. "We've had some problems with people commencing construction without obtaining a work permit in the past," he said. West Point, MSNo author availableCity of West Point revises building permit feesDaily Times board hears update on field house, cafeteria2015-04-21T11:34:26-04:002015-04-21T11:34:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Consolidated School District Board of Education heard an update from JBHM Architect representative Neil Waggoner on Monday evening, regarding the field house at the football field and the cafeteria at East Side Elementary School.Previously Waggoner told the West Point School District Board of Education that due to a litany of defects with the field house, which would cost the district over $1 million dollars to fix, he recommended tearing the structure down.At Monday’s Consolidated Board meeting, Waggoner said that he has now estimated a cost of $1.9 million to build an approximately 13,000 square foot field house. The current field house measures at around 12,000 square feet. Waggoner estimated that it will cost approximately $50,000 to demolish the current structure.Of the defects outlined to the West Point School Board last week, Waggoner reiterated the cost to repair the roof of the current field house in order to make it waterproof. He said that he has a pre-bid meeting planned for this Wednesday in order to get more definitive bid estimates for the project.With respect to the cafeteria issues at East Side, Waggoner told the Consolidated Board that the flooring of the kitchen is a wood floor on wood joists with a crawl space underneath. Waggoner suggested replacing the current kitchen floor with a raised concrete floor slab, to bring the kithcen in line with other similar type structures. Previously Waggoner had provided the WPSD board with what he called a “rough, rough” estimate of $625,000. He outlined a project estimate to the WPCD in the amount of $675,000.West Point, MSNo author availableSchool board hears update on field house, cafeteriaDaily Times discuss future plans2015-04-21T11:16:36-04:002015-04-21T11:16:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club met Wednesday to discuss upcoming events on the club's agenda. Jay Jackson, president of the club, has invited some college friends to visit in the next few weeks. “At the end of May we'll have some students from Ole Miss coming to visit with us during our meeting,” Jackson said. “They have shown interest in our group and would like to see what Civitan is all about. I know everyone will make them feel welcome, even the Mississippi State people.” Jackson said he hopes to have more of the current members back to joining the meetings on a regular basis. “We appreciate our members who have kept their dues up – to – date, despite being unable to attend all the meetings,” Jackson said. “We have several members who have medical issues or are taking care of elderly parents and relatives. They are still active members of this club and we will be glad to have them back soon.” Jeanette Unger, a civitan member said Civitan Esther Pippin was through with her medical treatments and said she is looking forward to seeing all her Civitan friends very soon. Jackson mentioned Bettye Swift and Ella Seay are with their mother Sallie Watson in Jackson, and Vernell Pittman is doing well but is still living with her daughter for the time being. “The Jr. Civitans are going to sponsor another 'play date' with the kids from the Catherine Bryan School and ICS Headstart, Saturday, May 16,” Jackson said. “This is a Jr. Civitan community project that we do every spring for the kids. It will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sally Kate Winters Park. We hope we can count on the Civitans to help with refreshments for the outing.”West Point, MSNo author availableCivitans discuss future plansDaily Times County Sheriff's Department nets drug arrests2015-04-20T11:23:41-04:002015-04-20T11:23:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Sheriff's Department made three arrests pertaining to drug charges this week, and another for aggravated assault.According to a press release from CCSD, Christopher Bell, 25, of West Point, was arrested and charged with the sale of cocaine and possession of synthetic marijuana Wednesday. CCSD made the arrest with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), and Bell remained incarcerated in the Clay County Detention Center pending circuit court action as of Friday.Sheriff's department investigators also charged Raymond Bonner, 33, of Moreno Valley California, with aggravated assault on a police officer. Scott said the incident arose from an arrest on misdemeanor charges. The altercation occurred at the detention center, according to Scott, and Bonner allegedly bit a deputy sheriff on the arm. The deputy required medical attention before being released back on duty. Bonner remained in the detention center on a 10,000 bond as of Friday.CCSD investigators also arrested Tigee Jones, 25, of West Point, for possession of contraband in a correctional facility. Sheriff Eddie Scott said Jones attempted to smuggle illegal narcotics (including synthetic marijuana, or "spice") into the jail population. Jones is currently out on a $5,000 justice court bond.Also this week, CCSD investigators along with MBN arrested Tyrus Parker, 30, of West Point, for the sale of cocaine and robbery. Parker remained in the detention center pending Mississippi Department of Corrections action.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) spice refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana.Spice was originally marketed as safe, legal alternative to the drug, however many states, including Mississippi, passed laws making spice illegal in 2010.President Barack Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law, banning synthetic compounds commonly found in spice.Scott said CCSD and MBN continued to battle the influx of spice in Clay County. He said law enforcement had seen an increase in emergency calls involving individuals who are combative, disoriented or in need of immediate medical attention due to the use of spice."It tends to have a person hallucinate and become more prone to violence," Scott said in a previous interview. "There have been several alleged spice users that have gone to the emergency room in the past few months."West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the West Point Police Department has dealt with several arrests and encounters with spice during the past year."One of the characteristics we're seeing with spice is that it's making the abusers do something that's uncharacteristic of their behavior," Brinkley said in a previous interview. "All drugs are mood altering in some form, but the behavior that we're seeing now associated with spice is disturbing."Scott said the drug is dangerous because it affects everyone differently.West Point, MSNo author availableClay County Sheriff's Department nets drug arrestsDaily Times for Life set for May 152015-04-20T11:21:13-04:002015-04-20T11:21:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate, it impacts people of all races, religions and socio – economic backgrounds. No one is immune, and there is no one the disease has not touched. The American Cancer Society sponsors the Relay For Life events both as a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness both of those who survive and those who have lost the fight. Clay County Relay For Life (CCRFL) is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Sally Kate Winters Park. “We will have lots of good food, entertainment and activities going on,” Debbie Hinshaw, co-chair of CCRFL, said. “We want the entire community to join us at the park, there will be something to interest everyone and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.” Hinshaw said she hopes there will be plenty of volunteers for the “Womanless Beauty Pageant.” This is a fun event that always raises a lot money. The men who put on make – up and a dress to compete against each other for the title of “Most Beautiful” are wonderful and CCRFL appreciates them so very much, Hinshaw said. An important part of the CCRFL is the luninairy ceremony. Judy Ashmore is chair for this beautiful event that will take place at 9 p.m. after dark in Sally Kate Winters Park along the walkway. “The Luminaria Ceremony is a highly anticipated event during Relay for Life for more than 20 years,” said Ashmore. “People purchase a luminary in honor or in memory of a cancer survivor, or someone who lost the battle with cancer. Their names are written on the bag and lit at dusk after being placed around the walking track at Sally Kate Winters Park.” Ashmore said it is a beautiful, solemn time marked by a moment of silence and remembrance. About 300 luminaries are purchased each year for a $10 donation to Relay for Life, according to Ashmore. Luminaria forms are available at the North Mississippi Medical Center business office or can be procured the night of the event.Join the Relay for Life teams and volunteers at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15 in Sally Kate Winters Park to help finance research that will find a cure. For more information, visit Point, MSNo author availableRelay for Life set for May 15Daily Times County Circuit term wraps up2015-04-20T11:13:32-04:002015-04-20T11:13:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe April term of Clay County Circuit Court concluded Friday, and the term saw trials and sentences for aggravated assault, burglary, drug charges and murder. Tammy Ott White, 52, of Cedar Bluff, received a 20 year sentence on three counts of sale of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Of the 20 years, 17 were suspended and White will be required to serve three years in Mississippi Department of Corrections and pay $250 in restitution with a $1,000 fine.Tyquinton Hammond, 29, of Clay County also received five years in MDOC for burglary of a dwelling with a $750 fine. Hammond originally pleaded not guilty but changed to a guilty plea during this court term. Tonya Edwards, of West Point, was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to harboring a prisoner. Edwards was arrested last fall on charges of harboring her son, Marquis Boyd, after Boyd escaped from the Clay County Detention Center. During the first week of the court term, Boyd, 24, of West Point, received two five-year sentences for his two escapes from the detention center. Boyd was arrested in August in Anderson, Indiana, after escaping from the detention center in June.He was originally arrested in 2013 on three counts of armed robbery, had also previously escaped the detention center in July 2013.Clay County Sheriff's Department Records Administrator Patty Goff said in a previous interview that, for his first escape, Boyd broke a lock and slipped through a wall space in the facility. He was apprehended eight hours later in West Point and charged with felony escape in addition to his previous charges. One year later, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, Boyd allegedly found a weak spot underneath the fencing of the facility and slipped through a small space into the police K-9 unit outdoor area. Boyd then climbed on top of a structure in the pen and leapt over the razor wire to his freedom. Scott said the department had taken extra precautions to prevent future escape attempts, including filling the space beneath the fencing where Boyd slipped through on his second attempt with concrete.Kevin Lewis Payton, 28, of Clay County, plead guilty to aggravated assault and received a 20 years suspended sentence and a $750 fine. Payton's sentence was suspended due to his not being previously convicted of a felony. He was ordered to serve five years on supervised probation.West Point, MSNo author availableClay County Circuit term wraps upDaily Times to participate in Great American Cleanup May 22015-04-20T11:15:23-04:002015-04-20T11:12:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comIf you want to get down and dirty with your local elected officials in West Point, Saturday May 2 may be your opportunity as part of Great American Cleanup Day. The event, which will be a joint effort of the City of West Point and the West Point Clay County Community Growth Alliance in partnership with Keep Mississippi Beautiful will begin at 9 a.m. May 2.According to Lisa Klutts, director of community development and tourism for the Growth Alliance, the event has been scheduled as a community-wide cleanup day. Klutts said that the city has had its own day set for cleaning, but that this is the first time that the city has partnered with Keep Mississippi Beautiful and the nationwide cleanup activities. Klutts said that everyone is welcome to participate and that the cleanup event will begin around 9 a.m. at the Growth Alliance. She said that coffee and donuts will be provided to those participating in the event and supplies will be furnished by the city.West Point Public Works Director Joey Wright said that garbage trucks will be out that day to help with the efforts and that his department will also be using its knuckleboom crane to pick up larger items they may arise as a result of the project."My understanding is that each of the (city) selectman will be picking an area of the city to clean so we will be focusing on those areas," Wright said. "We will come in after the volunteers finish their pick-up work and take the trash away."Wright said that his department will be furnishing rakes, shovels and paper pickers as part of the project.According to Klutts, the day is also being set up as an opportunity for citizens to sign up for the city's recycling program. "The city is going to have two recycling bins placed out front of our offices (Growth Alliance," Klutts said. "They will put them out on April 27, and they will remain until April 4."Wright said that those interested in participating in the city's recycling program can sign up at the Growth Alliance office on Broad Street. West Point, MSNo author availableWP to participate in Great American Cleanup May 2Daily Times