The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-28T10:37:05-05:00 Alliance announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees2015-01-28T10:37:05-05:002015-01-28T10:37:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWith the 89th annual West Point Clay County Growth Alliance banquet scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The three 2015 inductees — Jackie Edwards, Bettye Jean Watson Swift and the late Jack King — were each longtime residents of West Point and recognized for service to the community.Edwards, selected for her time as an outstanding civic leader, moved to West Point in 1979 with her husband, Pete Edwards, and two sons. She has served as president of both the West Point Clay County Arts Council and Growth Alliance board of directors, in addition to having served on the Cadence Bank advisory board, Golden Triangle LINK executive board and in the West Point Junior Auxilary and West Point Garden Club. West Point, MSNo author availableGrowth Alliance announces 2015 Hall of Fame inducteesDaily Times Red system set for launch2015-01-28T10:35:37-05:002015-01-28T10:35:37-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors finalized a contract with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District at its meeting Thursday to participate in the Code Red system. Now that the contract is in place, officials look to implement the system in February. The Code Red system is a mass information system designed to enable local government officials to record, send and track personalized messages to residents within minutes.Clay County Emergency Management Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard said Code Red had a contract with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson to intercept its notifications. The system sends information to residents who are in the path of a storm via phone or email, depending on which service the individual opts to use. “Code Red is well represented in the state, and other regions in Mississippi have utilized its services,” Blissard said. West Point, MSNo author availableCode Red system set for launchDaily Times, Clay addresses to change2015-01-28T10:34:30-05:002015-01-28T10:34:30-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comAddresses in the West Point and Clay County will change this summer as part of E911’s new mapping program. Clay County E911 Director Treva Hodge said the county partnered with Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) to create a more accurate and informational addressing system. She said the new system was funded with a $250,000 grant from the state, and required the city and county to split matching funds. “The city and county’s portions are about $25,000 each,” Hodge said. “It’s been a long road to get this system going and we’re nearing the end of the project.”She said the new addressing system would greatly improve emergency services in the community, as it would make first responders better able to locate emergency situations.“E911 started looking at creating an enhanced 911 database in 2008,” Hodge said. “Previously in 2001 we changed from rural routes to street addresses in the county and all of that was done on paper. We don’t have a computerized system.”<strong>To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong>West Point, MSNo author availableWP, Clay addresses to changeDaily Times address littering problem in Clay County2015-01-27T11:02:03-05:002015-01-27T11:02:03-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comYokohama Boulevard officially opened last week and, according to local officials, litter has already become a problem on the new road.Clay County District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said one of the most important factors in attracting new industry to the community was keeping the roads presentable.“It’s not only happening on Yokohama Boulevard, but on most of our county roads,” Horton. “That it is happening on this new road is disheartening and we hope motorists on that road will take a little more pride in their community than to throw trash out on the shoulder.”He said trash on the side of the road painted a negative picture of Clay County for visitors and potential investors.“When (Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO) Joe Max Higgins brings people in to look at us, that’s one of the things they notice,” Horton said. “We have a shortage of jobs here and we’d like to get more, so we would like a little help from our residents to keep the community clean whether you live in the city or the county.”District 3 Supervisor R.B. Davis said that, unlike the city, the county doesn’t have a recycling program and residents were responsible for picking up after themselves.West Point, MSNo author availableOfficials address littering problem in Clay CountyDaily Times Immaculate Conception Catholic Church resident priest2015-01-27T10:58:06-05:002015-01-27T10:58:06-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in West Point had been without a priest for almost seven years before Father Channapanna Reddy Basani accepted an invitation to become part of the West Point parish December 2013, by the Mississippi Diocese.“I came from India to Natchez where I was a parish priest for a year,” Basani said. “There is a shortage of men joining the priesthood in the United States and the Bishop of the Jackson Mississippi Diocese is connected to the Church in India and often arranges for priests to spend from three to five years here in Mississippi. I was in Natchez for a year before I came to West Point.”Basani said his family had been converted to Catholicism more than 300 years ago. It often depends on which part of India a family resides in as to what religion it is. He said those from the southern regions are more likely to be Catholic. Basani said the most prevalent religion is Hindu, then Muslim and only 2 to 3 percent of the population is Christian. “The Catholic church in India is growing,” Basani said. “So the number of men entering the priesthood is also expanding. European and North American churches are welcoming priests from India to come and learn about the differences in the countries. I have enjoyed my time here very much.” Susan Portera, a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church said the parish is extremely pleased to have Father Basani in West Point. “Our parish thought we might not be able to have a resident priest, due to a shortage of priests,” Portera said. “However, we prayed one would come and prayers were answered when Father Basani arrived a year ago last December. Our parish had not had a resident priest for nearly seven years. During the past year Father Basani has shared his faith, his love of God and eagerness to teach.” Portera said Father Basani is a warm and compassionate person, well suited to the West Point parish. She said Father Robert Dore of Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus held Mass every Saturday until a priest could be located. West Point, MSNo author availableNew Immaculate Conception Catholic Church resident priestDaily Times Christian launches new service organization2015-01-26T12:27:44-05:002015-01-26T12:27:44-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comPHEBA — Hebron Christian School in Pheba is home to the new Hebron Anchor Club. The club had its first meeting in December and installed officers Thursday night at the school.The Anchor Club, a community service based organization sponsored by local Pilot Clubs, seeks to facilitate aid among homes, school and community through its student membership. The new Hebron chapter came as the result of those in local Pilot organizations.“We Pilot Club members are so very pleased to see a new Anchor Club start in Clay County,” said Peggy Norman, Mississippi district governor-elect. “We know Talitha Hudson will do a wonderful job guiding these young people in their service to the community as an Anchor Club.”Norman said she knows the new members will work hard toward the mission of Pilot and Anchor clubs to raise awareness of brain disorders, those who give care and education to prevent brain-related injuries.West Point, MSNo author availableHebron Christian launches new service organizationDaily Times, YTMM look to begin road repair in spring2015-01-26T12:25:33-05:002015-01-26T12:25:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWith growth comes growing pains, and one of the pains residents may have dealt with during the dirt hauling process of the construction of Yokohama Tire is damaged roads. There may be an end in sight for residents, however, as the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to begin the process of repairing Barton Ferry Road, Town Creek Road and North Eshman Avenue at its meeting Thursday.Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) signed an agreement with the county in November 2013 to repair or restore Town Creek Road after the hauling operation was completed. YTMM agreed to pay the cost of returning Town Creek Road to its condition from before construction began. Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said road repair was not part of the county’s original memorandum of understanding with Yokohama. West Point, MSNo author availableCounty, YTMM look to begin road repair in springDaily Times term comes to close2015-01-26T12:22:47-05:002015-01-26T12:22:47-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comA West Point man was sentenced to seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a drive-by shooting as the January Clay County Circuit Court term came to a close Friday.Charles Saul, Jr., 22, of Grove Street in West Point, pleaded guilty to drive-by shooting and was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in MDOC with eight years suspended. Saul opened fire on two cars in June 2013, causing damage to both of them, according to the incident report. The drivers of the cars were not injured.After his seven-year sentence, Saul will be required to serve five years of post release supervisionAlso during Friday’s court session, Devon Jones, 30, of Highway 47 in West Point, was sentenced to eight years in MDOC for burglary, with five years suspended. He was ordered to serve five years of post release supervision in addition to a $1,200 fine and $2,250 in restitution.West Point, MSNo author availableCourt term comes to closeDaily Times president to retire this summer2015-01-21T10:50:43-05:002015-01-21T10:50:43-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderEast Mississippi Community College President Rick Young will wrap up a career spanning more than 40 years this summer. Young announced Tuesday his intent to retire from EMCC, effective June 30. Young joined the community college staff 40 years ago, according to an EMCC media release issued Tuesday, and spent a total of about 42 years in education.“As sad as we are to lose Dr. Young as our president, we are extremely grateful for the innovative, positive leadership he has exhibited during his tenure at EMCC,” said Kathy Dyess, West Point resident and chairman of the EMCC Board of Trustees. “His aggressive pursuit of excellence in all areas of the college has brought EMCC into the national spotlight, enhancing the value and quality of academic, vocational, workforce training and athletics provided by the Mississippi community college system.”West Point, MSNo author availableEMCC president to retire this summerDaily Times to vote on GTR airport grant fund match2015-01-21T10:49:24-05:002015-01-21T10:49:24-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a $25,000 match for a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) at its meeting tomorrow. The airport received the $750,000 grant in October, and required a $500,000 community match among the entities sharing GTRA. West Point and Clay County’s share of the match was $50,000 to be split between the city and county, and the West Point Board of Selectmen voted at its Jan. 13 meeting to participate. GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey said the grant would be used to add a westbound route to the airport. He said the community match was reimbursable by the state, and GTRA would guarantee a certain amount of revenue to the participating airline for the first year of operation. “We received this same type of grant when we added our Memphis route, and we only used about two thirds of it,” he said. “The participation commitment would begin for the next fiscal year and would end one year later. This is not a continuing commitment for the local entities.”West Point, MSNo author availableCounty to vote on GTR airport grant fund matchDaily Times