The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-29T11:06:24-04:00 provides children with school supplies2014-07-29T11:06:24-04:002014-07-29T11:06:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe Board of Commissioners for the West Point Housing Authority were on-hand from 9-11 a.m. at the WPHA office on Bugg Street in West Point Saturday morning to distribute school supplies for the children who live in the five units of the WPHA. “This is our first year to offer school supplies to tenants,” Alecia Randle, member of the board of commissioners from the WPHA. “I think it will be a tremendous help to parents in getting their children ready for school.”Randle said the WPHA sent flyers to all 190 apartments in the five units. The commissioners, with the help of donations from the West Point Board of Selectmen, strove to supply low-income families with notebooks, pencils, paper, scissors, glue and rulers, she said. “I really hope it helps some of these families,” said Ralph Nichols, member of the board of commissioners for the WPHA. “We had one mother come in with six children, and they all got a bag filled with things they needed. I just wish more families had taken advantage of the opportunity.”West Point, MSNo author availableWPHA provides children with school suppliesDaily Times look for auto burglary information2014-07-29T11:00:29-04:002014-07-29T11:00:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department is looking for any information on a string of robberies from automobiles in late 2012.About 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29, 2012, officers responded to the 600 block of Grove Street in reference to a burglary from a vehicle. The owner reported that a Savage .270 caliber rifle with a Simmons ATE scope was allegedly stolen from his automobile. According to the incident report, the owner believed the door to the vehicle was left unlocked. The rifle is valued at $450 and the serial number is E780559.About 11 a.m. Dec. 13, 2012, officers responded to the Handy-Mart service station on Highway 45 North in reference to an alleged stolen wallet. According to the incident report, the owner of the vehicle entered the store and came back to the vehicle to find a wallet with more than $1,000 in cash allegedly taken from the car. According to the report, a check of the store’s security cameras revealed no information about the alleged thief.About 7:40 a.m., Dec. 15, 2012, officers responded to the 100 block of East Jordan Street in reference to a wallet allegedly stolen from the center console of a truck. According to that report, the owner arrived home about midnight, and repeatedly heard their dog barking. Upon checking outside, the owner reported seeing papers strewn about outside the house. A wallet containing bank cards, a driver’s license and a checkbook was allegedly taken from the owner’s truck, but no cash was taken.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availablePolice look for auto burglary informationDaily Times Center nearing completion2014-07-29T10:58:40-04:002014-07-29T10:58:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWork on the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts is closer to completion, as the renovation of the former McClure Furniture building on Commerce Street has reached the final stages.The $460,000 renovation began in January, and the center will be the new home for the West Point/Clay County Arts Council. The city has worked on the building since earlier this year. The Campbell Center will be the first permanent home for WPCCAC. West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said construction crews are down to the finishing touches. He said the plan is to have the building finished in time for the Prairie Arts Festival on Aug. 30.“The majority of the electrical work and painting is done,” Prisock said. “The floors have all been polished and stained and we’re just getting ready to finish up.”He said renovation initially ran into some trouble with the floors in the building, with water and piping problems beneath the floor. He said the renovation crew went in and replaced all the floors, built an elevator shaft, walls, ladies’ and men’s restrooms, a kitchen, offices and storage.“They also refinished some of the outside, in addition to painting and refurbishing the facade,” Prisock said. “There were some window air conditioners on the second floor and we took those out and covered up the walls, and now you can barely tell they were ever there.”WPCCAC President Scott Reed said it’s been fun to see everyone’s different visions come together for the arts center. He said the arts council wanted the building to be a place where citizens can come and know there’s going to be a quality event.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableArts Center nearing completionDaily Times passes out from excitement to see owner2014-07-28T13:08:56-04:002014-07-28T13:08:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO:Dog passes out from excitement to see ownerDaily Times to host school supply funds lunch 2014-07-25T11:38:58-04:002014-07-25T11:38:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe We Care Committee is set to close its summer feeding program for local youth with a school supply fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the LueZarah Robinson Healthcare Services building at 826 Highway 45 Alt. N.The feeding program began on July 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said WCC would be selling barbecue plates, fish plates and hot dogs to raise money for school supplies for the kids in the program.“Barbecue plates will be $8, fish plates will be $7 and hot dogs for the kids will be $3,” Robinson said. “That all comes with chips and a drink, and we’ll also have fresh caramel cake.”She said the summer feeding program was her first time working with children, but she hopes it won’t be her last. WCC has hosted feeding programs in Columbus, Starkville and Pheba in addition to West Point.“We give the kids a hot meal and we’ve also had activities for them,” she said. “We’ve had speakers from West Point Police Department, West Point Fire Department, North Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Department of Health.”WCC West Point Site Supervisor Carla Foster said the feeding program served about 60-65 kids per day, and about 150 different kids each week.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWCC to host school supply funds lunch Daily Times OKs hauling ordinance2014-07-25T11:36:39-04:002014-07-25T11:36:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to pass a new heavy-hauling ordinance at its meeting Thursday. The ordinance has been discussed at length in board meetings for the past two months, mostly due to a proposed $35,000 bond for haulers in the county, a bond which was eliminated from the final ordinance.District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the initial thought behind the bond was to maintain the quality of county roads, and that while most haulers obeyed the rules and stuck to their assigned routes, the ones that weren’t following the guidelines were causing damage to roads.“We’ve got to have some kind of ordinance in place because the county doesn’t have the money to continually repair these roads,” Lummus said. “We did away with the bond because it wasn’t what our residents wanted, and we’re here to serve them.”Lummus said the ordinance doesn’t apply to normal wear and tear to roads arising from normal traffic over county roads during the regular course of business. He said the ordinance is in place to protect secondary county roads from damage incurred during the hauling of multiple heavy loads on specific and limited duration contract jobs such as timber, dirt and gravel hauling. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCounty OKs hauling ordinanceDaily Times of faith: Culin-Arts relocating to Oxford2014-07-24T11:28:18-04:002014-07-24T11:28:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comValeda Carmichael has called West Point home for the last 34 years. By the end of the summer, however, that may change. Carmichael, owner of Culin-Arts on Commerce Street in downtown West Point, said within the next two months, she will be relocating her business to Oxford. A staple in the downtown business community since 2002, Culin-Arts provides a wide array of goods and services pertaining to cooking and entertaining needs. When one walks through the doors at Culin-Arts, they are greeted with the sight of oil paintings and hand-crafted jewelry alongside unique kitchen ware and serving trays. It’s a different blend which has carved its own niche in the Golden Triangle. However, Carmichael said she felt her time in West Point as a business owner was drawing to a close, and a booming economy, diversified university crowd and larger potential clientele provided an allure she couldn’t ignore.“There’s always an influx of new people coming in (in Oxford),” Carmichael said. “… There’s nothing like this in Oxford. Before I opened here in West Point, I went to Columbus and Starkville and I checked out all the different stores and shops, because I didn’t want to carry anything that someone else had. I want to be different … I’m not stepping on someone else’s niche. I did the same thing in Oxford.”And the signs have just pointed in the right direction, she said. While much of Carmichael’s local traffic came from bridal registry, she said a great deal of her sales were generated through out-of-town visitors. It’s a revenue stream that has been dying down for Carmichael since 2008, she said. When coupled with what she felt might be serendipity, the move to Oxford quickly became a done deal. Carmichael said the rapid, unplanned transition had just worked out too perfectly. One day last year, she said a gentleman inquired about the wrought-iron awning on Culin-Arts facade — one that Carmichael’s brother had built. Some time later, the gentleman — a property owner in Oxford — contracted her brother’s services for a wrought iron deck. Having a desire to see his product, Carmichael made a trip one day as he worked. “While I was there, I parked and walked the square and just saw how happening it was,” she said. The upshot, was a friendship forged with the landowner, whom offered to let Carmichael stay at the property any time she chose outside of football weekends. After a particularly rough and tiresome week in June, she and another friend took up the offer on a whim. The two spent the weekend exploring the town.“It was a like a brick just hit me upside the head,” Carmichael said.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableLeap of faith: Culin-Arts relocating to OxfordDaily Times warrant issued for WP escapee Boyd2014-07-24T11:24:54-04:002014-07-24T11:24:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderJudge Lee Coleman issued three bench warrants for defendants who were on the docket for the Clay County July Circuit Court term but didn’t show up for court Wednesday. A bench warrant authorizes immediate on-sight arrest of the individual who failed to appear.One of the bench warrants issued by Coleman was for Marquis Boyd, 23, of West Point, who escaped from the Clay County Detention Center on June 11 and is still at large. Boyd was incarcerated for three counts of armed robbery as well as a previous escape in 2013. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said investigators were still searching for Boyd, as of Wednesday.The second bench warrant was for Andre Mitchell, 19, of West Point, who was on the docket for one count of fraudulent use of ID and one count of ID theft. According to court documents, Mitchell allegedly used a West Point woman’s Chase Bank child support debit card with her authorization for more than $250 in transactions. His next court date is Oct. 6.The third bench warrant was issued for Ace Pullium, 49, of Prairie, who was on the docket for three counts of forgery. According to court documents, Pullium obtained another person’s checkbook and defrauded Knox Grocery and BancorpSouth. Pullium’s next court date is also Oct. 6.Scott said law enforcement officials inform the defendants when serving indictments that the defendant must be present at the beginning of the court term and sign in. He said a defendant skipping their scheduled court appearance is “serious stuff.”“If the defendant is not here when the judge calls on them, he issues the warrant,” Scott said. “At that point, once we find the individual, they are held in jail with no bond until the next court term to appear in front of the same judge.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableBench warrant issued for WP escapee BoydDaily Times Free lunch for all2014-07-24T11:21:56-04:002014-07-24T11:21:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point School District will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2014 – 15 school year. “The CEP now makes all children in the West Point School District eligible for free lunches and breakfast,” Susie Walker, Child Nutrition Director for the WPSD, said. “This is a way to take stress off of parents and children as far as nutrition is concerned. All children can eat free of charge in the cafeteria, breakfast and lunch. There will not be a need for parents to fill out free lunch forms, everyone qualifies.”Walker said the provision is for four years, so it will continue through 2018. Walker said even if fewer students were enrolled in the school district than the previous year there would be no change to the provision, but more students could be added while the provision is in place. West Point High School Principal Jermaine Taylor said he was thrilled to hear the WPSD was eligible for CEP. “I think we have at least 85 percent of our students receiving free or reduced lunches right now district - wide,” Taylor said. “For families with both parents working who don’t qualify for the free and reduced lunches, this is a huge load off their shoulders. I could not be more pleased with the entire school district participating in CEP. Children who are hungry cannot learn. We have to give these kids every opportunity for academic success and this is a huge plus for the West Point School District.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWPSD: Free lunch for allDaily Times hires new animal control officer2014-07-23T10:53:41-04:002014-07-23T10:53:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comSince the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the search has been on for at least a part-time animal control officer for the city. Now the search is over, as West Point native Eric Davis, 24, was hired as West Point’s new animal control officer Monday.West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Davis will work part-time for now, but there’s a good chance he will go full-time in the future. He said Davis began orientation Tuesday, and his duties - which include responding to calls, enforcing the city’s animal ordinance and issuing citations - will begin immediately.“He’s originally from here, and we really preferred someone who’s local,” Brinkley said. “So, not only will he be familiar with the community, but he’ll also be available to serve our citizens.”Davis was born in West Point but called himself a “military brat,” and he lived in various other places, including four years in Germany, before returning to West Point. He graduated from West Point High School, where he played football, before he attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, then transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he majored in biology.“I had to move back here because school was too expensive,” Davis said. “Moving back home turned out to be a much better opportunity than I thought it was going to be with this position coming up.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCity hires new animal control officerDaily Times