The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-22T13:29:14-04:00 Health Care Foundation donates laptops to local senior citizens2014-08-22T13:29:14-04:002014-08-22T13:29:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comMyrtle Robinson, certified activities director at West Point Community Living Center (WPCLC) saw a need arise when the public computer at the skilled nursing facility stopped functioning. She sent an application on behalf of residents 67-year-old Milford Taylor and 77-year-old Lillian Holloman to Mississippi Health Care Foundation (MHCF) requesting personal laptops for the two residents. The MHCF helps to enhance the quality of life for nursing home residents. MHCF has been granting requests once a year from WPCLC for five years, providing hearing aids, dentures, wheelchair batteries and a guitar and amplifier, according to Robinson. Taylor and Holloman were impacted the most by the loss of the public computer, as they were using it every day, Robinson said. That was why she put in the request for the two laptops that arrived Tuesday, she said. West Point, MSNo author availableMississippi Health Care Foundation donates laptops to local senior citizensDaily Times seeking information on burglaries2014-08-22T13:27:10-04:002014-08-22T13:27:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department investigators are looking for information on a trio of crimes from July 2013, including two alleged robberies and a hit-and-run.n About 7 p.m. July 4, 2013, officers responded to the corner of South Division Street and East Brame Avenue in reference to an alleged hit-and-run. A car allegedly struck the victim, who was then left on the street, according to the incident report. The victim was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point with minor injuries and later released. The victim was unable to provide any details on the vehicle, though an unnamed witness told investigators they saw a maroon Chevrolet Impala traveling east away from the scene.n On July 16, 2013, officers responded to a body shop on Old Tibbee Road in reference to an alleged burglary. According to the incident report, the owner arrived at the shop in the morning to to discover someone had allegedly broken into the building and taken a large amount of vehicle accessories. The owner reported that in addition to his own belongings taken from the shop, the suspect allegedly broke into several cars the victim was repairing and took items from them, as well.West Point, MSNo author availablePolice seeking information on burglariesDaily Times unemployment drops2014-08-22T13:25:54-04:002014-08-22T13:25:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comAccording to a report from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the unemployment rate for Clay County is down compared to last year.The unemployment rate was 20.1 in July 2013 and, according to the report, is down to 18.1 for July 2014, and the lowest it has been since 2009. Clay County had the highest unemployment rate in the state since about 2006, according the the U.S. Department of Labor, and still has the third highest unemployment rate of all. West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said he’s confident that number will continue to go down in the future.“There are some exciting things happening that are putting more of our residents to work,” Robinson said. “We’ve got Yokohama coming in and places like Captain D’s - which employed 50 full-time and part-time people - so there are some real jobs out there where maybe there weren’t previously.”Robinson said there haven’t been many manufacturing or retail jobs available in the community in the past, but he said city officials work every day to bring more employment opportunities to West Point.According to the report there are 190 fewer unemployed residents in Clay County this year compared to last, and East Mississippi Community College West Point Center Director Mitzi Thompson said residents are upgrading their skills and their education.“We’re pushing the idea that our residents need to get this training and, for the most part, people are listening,” Thompson said. “People are coming in and getting the skills they need in order to go to work.”West Point, MSNo author availableCounty unemployment dropsDaily Times College Football Preview: Breaking down the SEC2014-08-21T11:17:16-04:002014-08-21T11:17:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: College Football Preview: Breaking down the SECDaily Times addresses Civitans, outlines activities at Dugan Memorial Home2014-08-21T11:14:01-04:002014-08-21T11:14:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comJackie Jackson has been with Dugan Memorial Home in West Point for 14 years. She began her career at Dugan as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) in 2000. She was offered a position as assistant to the activities director. When the activities director resigned, Jackson was offered the position of activities director herself. “I feel that what I do is a calling,” Jackson said. “I love elderly people. I love all kinds of people, but the elderly have a special place in my heart. My goal is to see to it that the ones who are able, continue doing the things they enjoyed before coming to Dugan.”Jackson said most of the residents are fond of church services and attend the ones offered at Dugan. They go to services on Sunday and Bible study during the week. She said Monday, Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday in the month are the days the residents play bingo. She said there would be a riot if bingo days were canceled. The residents can go to the beauty shop on campus on Thursdays, then they walk across the hall to have a manicure, Jackson said. West Point, MSNo author availableJackson addresses Civitans, outlines activities at Dugan Memorial HomeDaily Times closes West Point Hibbett2014-08-21T11:12:04-04:002014-08-21T11:12:04-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderA Clay County man is in the custody of the West Point Police Department after crashing his Ford Explorer into the front window of Hibbett Sports Wednesday afternoon in West Point.The man drove over the sidewalk and into the concrete and glass facade of the store a little after 3 p.m.WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said no one was injured in the crash, and the driver was taken to the police department for questioning. The name of the driver was not released as of press time Wednesday.The West Point Fire Department responded to the scene and removed the vehicle from inside the store. Although the facade of the store and some indoor racks and merchandise were demolished, the vehicle only incurred minor damage and was still drivable when a WPFD firefighter backed it out of the store. It was then taken away by wrecker service.Hibbett District Sales Manager Blake Carrol declined to comment, citing company legal policy, though he said he was glad no one was injured. Hibbett will be closed until further notice. West Point, MSNo author availableCrash closes West Point HibbettDaily Times Street road work finishing up2014-08-21T11:09:27-04:002014-08-21T11:09:27-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point residents traveling on East Main Street have likely noticed crews working on the sewer lines in the street in front of Sunflower, and may be happy to know their detouring days are winding down.West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said he expected the sewer line repair, a two-and-a-half month process, to be complete by Wednesday afternoon.“There were a lot of unhappy residents that will be very happy we’re done,” Prisock said. “None of them will be as happy as I am.”He said the original line was installed in 1953 and used clay pipe with cement joints, which was the standard back then. This process created a very rigid pipe system prone to cracking when the ground shifts, according to Prisock.“We replaced pipes from Main and Mulberry Street to almost Main and Fifth Street, and there were multiple cavities in the ground in that area,” he said. “The only way to fix all those is to just replace the line.”He said Water and Light workers encountered cavities up to 10 feet in diameter, and two sand pockets that were 12 feet deep. The sand came from previous repair jobs in the area, as in the past it was quicker and easier to use sand than dirt.West Point, MSNo author availableMain Street road work finishing upDaily Times 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