The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-18T15:43:14-04:00 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 man charged in shooting2014-09-17T11:18:32-04:002014-09-17T11:18:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderA West Point man was charged with aggravated domestic violence after an alleged weekend shooting.West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at a residence on South Eshman Avenue.According to the incident report, 911 dispatch contacted first responders to report that at least one person involved in the alleged altercation had a gun in his possession, and at least one person had been shot.“The initial investigation revealed that there was some kind of altercation at the residence, in which at least one shot was fired,” Brinkley said. Officers arrived at the residence of Steve Barnett, 57, of West Point, and found one unidentified victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg from a small-caliber handgun. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, where he was treated and released.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableLocal man charged in shootingDaily Times shift intersection to new 4-way2014-09-16T10:59:28-04:002014-09-16T10:59:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe intersection of North Eshman Avenue and Hazelwood Road is currently a 2-way stop, but after Monday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, it will soon become a 4-way stop.District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said he expected the 4-way intersection to be implemented by the second week in October.“With all the work they’re doing out there for the Yokohama project, there’s been an increase in traffic on Hazelwood Road,” Horton said. “We’ve got to put a 4-way stop there.”He said the main concern for the intersection is its proximity to Oak Hill Academy, and the school bus and pedestrian routes that come through the area.“We’ve had a few accidents up there, and residents in the area called me with some concerns about school buses and kids going back and forth to school.”West Point, MSNo author availableSupervisors shift intersection to new 4-wayDaily Times OKs tax hike2014-09-16T10:55:15-04:002014-09-16T10:55:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year after a budget hearing Monday. The total projected revenue for the upcoming year was $8,972,512, and projected expenses totaled $12,304,071. The difference will be covered by grants and state aid funds.Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the total amount of expenditures decreased by more than $1.5 million from last year’s budget. “About $5 million of our revenue will come from ad valorem taxes,” Berry said. “There was a $37,561 increase from last year, which is about 1 percent.”She said the increase in ad valorem tax was primarily due to the Clay County Volunteer Fire Department fund. The volunteer fire fund was projected to have about $46,000 in expenses for the upcoming year.“Over time you build up a cushion of funds in areas like the volunteer fire department, and then you have to use those funds and play catch-up,” Berry said. “This year we’re having to play catch-up.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCounty OKs tax hikeDaily Times