The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-28T16:53:16-04:00 Second arrest made in assault2014-08-28T16:53:16-04:002014-08-28T16:53:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police officers have made a second arrest in connection with a weekend assault that left a local man with a brain injury. On Thursday, police arrested Marquavious McMillian, 20, of Aberdeen on suspicion of aggravated assault.He is being housed in the Clay County Detention Center until arraignment. West Point, MSNo author availableBREAKING: Second arrest made in assaultDaily Times continue 10 years of book donations2014-08-28T10:57:45-04:002014-08-28T10:57:45-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. donated four books to the Bryan Public Library in West Point Monday. The sorority Arts and Letters Committee, made up of Naomi Kilgore, Ella Seay and Reita Humphries, represent the sorority in making a donation each year to the Bryan Public Library or the Churchill/Southside Elementary libraries, for 10 years, rotating between the two each year. “This year we are donating adult and young adult books,” said Kilgore, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. “We donate children’s books, usually winners of the Dewberry and Caldecourt awards to the elementary schools.”Willie Davis of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, said the sorority likes to donate books the library doesn’t already have to give patrons a better variety of books. She said eBooks for Nook and Kindle are very popular today, but nothing beats a physical book to curl up with.Ella Seay of the sorority, said the books being donated are: “Black and White; The Way I See It” by Richard Williams with Bart Davis, “Slavery’s Exiles” by Sylviane H. Diouf, “Rumor Central” by Roshonda Tate Billingsly, “Box Office Smash” by D.M. Paige and “Blind Curve” by Elizabeth Karre.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableDeltas continue 10 years of book donationsDaily Times Captain D's breaks record2014-08-28T10:53:03-04:002014-08-28T10:53:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comAnyone who braved the lines at Captain D’s during the restaurant’s first week could attest to the success of the new brand in West Point. The restaurant, which opened Aug. 18, had the highest first week sales of any Captain D’s nationwide since the chain opened in 1969, according to Captain D’s Manager of Marketing Communications Rebecca Day.Day said it was company policy not to release actual numbers, but that the West Point restaurant set a brand record.“We’re opening a lot of new restaurants and they’re kind of competing with each other,” she said. “The Captain D’s in Anderson, Ind., opened seven months ago and had our highest first week sales, and now West Point opens and does the same thing.”West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who said he’s eaten at Captain D’s three times since it opened, believed the restaurant’s success could lead to more businesses coming to the community.“I think the McBrayer Family has disproved the theory that a major chain can’t make it in West Point,” Robinson said. “Hopefully this will be an eye-opener for future development in our town.”Robinson said there is sufficient traffic on Highway 45 and throughout West Point to support a chain restaurant.“We were very blessed to have the folks in our community respond the way they did,” Captain D’s Co-manager Chris McBrayer said. “It’s company policy not to release the numbers, but this Captain D’s had the highest opening week sales since the company opened in 1965.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableLocal Captain D's breaks recordDaily Times set millage rate2014-08-28T10:50:22-04:002014-08-28T10:50:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Board of Selectmen set the millage rate for the city and the West Point School District during a specially called meeting Wednesday at City hall.The millage rate is based on the assessed value of property in the city and is used to calculate the amount for property taxes. The board voted to set the millage rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year at 94.81, which Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer said was the same as it was for the 2013-14 year.“A lot of work went into preparing the budget and keeping the millage rate the same as last year,” McBrayer said. “We had to wait for the Clay County Board of Supervisors to officially adopt the property tax rolls, which they did on Aug. 14.”West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the total assessed value for the city was $82,104,725, with a $7,014,272 special homestead exemption for residents over the age of 65. He said the 94.81 millage rate was broken down into 31.76 general purpose mills, four mills for debt service, 1.25 mills for the Bryan Public Library, 54.9 mills for WPSD general maintenance and 2.9 mills for WPSD debt service. “The school district adopted its budget back on July 21, and we’re required to set the millage rate to support them,” Robinson said. Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the board of supervisors were required to wait until the recessed meeting Aug. 14 to take any taxpayer objections into account. She said the taxpayers had until the first board meeting in August to submit any objections, which the county then corrected before it certified the property rolls.“This year we received four objections,” Berry said. “The tax assessor was able to take care of each one of them before the board certified the rolls.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCity set millage rateDaily Times cause widespread power outage in West Point2014-08-27T11:44:49-04:002014-08-27T11:44:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comHigh winds led to power outages Monday evening in certain areas of downtown West Point. Water and Light crews worked until after midnight to restore power to the affected areas.West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said there were four total power outages around the downtown area, with the most significant being the block of Grove Street between Tournament and Travis streets. “During the storm a pecan tree at the corner of Cromwell Street and Travis broke off and took down a power pole,” Prisock said. “We had to replace the pole, a three-phase line and two single-phase lines.”West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the tree was a single trunk with three forks low to the ground. He said each fork separated from the trunk and fell independently.“There was a house within 20 feet of the tree and a boat within 10 feet, and neither of them were hit by the falling forks, which was amazing,” Jones said. “The Water and Light Department and Public Works responded both to restore power and clear the fallen tree.”West Point, MSNo author availableWinds cause widespread power outage in West PointDaily Times case could get second look2014-08-27T11:41:18-04:002014-08-27T11:41:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comA 16-year-old capital murder case could potentially be re-opened as the man convicted filed a motion for post-conviction relief with the Clay County Circuit Court Tuesday.Jeffrey Randle, of West Point, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1998. Randle was convicted for the Jan. 4, 1997 murder of West Point resident Willie Mae Sewell. He was charged with capital murder because Sewell’s murder occurred during the commission of a robbery. Randle’s case caught the attention of the Mississippi Innocence Project in 2013. The Mississippi Innocence Project is a program with the University of Mississippi School of Law aimed at serving prisoners who have perceived legitimate claims of wrongful conviction. Innocence Project Resource Counsel Will McIntosh said Randle heard about the project and sent them a letter claiming his innocence and applying for the group’s assistance. “We read all the publicly available materials and visited the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s office, and we thought Mr. Randle was a good case for post-conviction DNA testing,” McIntosh said. McIntosh said DNA testing wasn’t widely used during the time period of Randle’s trial, and didn’t become commonplace until nearly 2000. He said there was blood found under Sewell’s fingernails from where she’d scratched her assailant, but it wasn’t DNA tested.“During the investigation they sent the blood off and in the meantime Randle confessed,” McIntosh said. “Once law enforcement had a confession they figured that was all they needed and that the case against Randle was strong enough.”He said Randle claims he was coerced into confessing because he was afraid and did not have an attorney present. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableMurder case could get second lookDaily Times'Ozland' set to premiere Sept. 4 2014-08-27T11:37:44-04:002014-08-27T11:37:44-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comMichael Williams has lived in a post-apocalyptic world for more than a year now. The 27-year-old West Point filmmaker has been working with a cast and crew of fewer than 15 total to bring his first feature length production, “Ozland,” to life before the masses. And next week, he’ll get his chance. “Ozland” will premiere for a test screening 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Malco Theaters in Columbus. Williams, who began pre-production last May and filming in late August, said he’s excited to finally be able to share more than just a premise with his audience. “We’ve had to keep everything other than the process so secretive … so we don’t ruin the surprise of it,” Williams said. “I’m excited for people to be able to see it. … Usually, in the post production I go through this phase where I’m just not happy with something, and I feel like it’s not any good enough. (But) I was surprisingly happy. I didn’t really do that this time, so I think that’s a good sign. I love it, and I hope other people will love it, too.”The film, shot almost entirely in and around West Point, tells the story of two wanderers, Leif and Emri (portrayed by Zack Ratkovich and Glenn Payne, respectively) in a post-apocalyptic dust bowl scenario several years into the future. The two find a copy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and from there, the journey changes to one of purpose and hope. Williams, who wrote the screenplay, as well, said in a previous interview he’d been inspired by a 2010 program on The History Channel, which posed the question of how a fictional work might be interpreted by a foreign species unaware it wasn’t factual human history. The concept wouldn’t leave Williams, and from there he developed the storyline for “Ozland.” Since then, it’s been a labor of love. Williams said the film has met its share of challenges in the last year. During the last day of filming, Williams said inclement weather postponed the final scenes for several weeks.“We needed it to be blue sky and sun like it had the 15 days or so we filmed before it,” he said. “It was raining. By the time we could coordinate everyone’s schedules and when we could all get together and when the weather was right, what should have been done in September wasn’t done until January.”Bringing the film to life on a limited budget presented its challenges, as well. Williams said the complexities of a feature-length film on a budget of “less than a car” hindered effects and what could be done. However, he said he felt cast and crew had given their all and brought together a product everyone could be proud of producing. “Everyone who worked on it believed in it and just sacrificed so much for it,” he said. “It’s been a really collaborative effort, all the way around.” West Point, MSNo author available'Ozland' set to premiere Sept. 4 Daily Times joins assault investigation2014-08-27T11:35:37-04:002014-08-27T11:35:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comA man accused of aggravated assault in a weekend incident that left a West Point man severly injured appeared for arraignment Tuesday in West Point.Courtez McMillian, 22, of Okolona, appeared in West Point Municipal Court Tuesday, but was given the opportunity to retain legal counsel before entering a plea. His bond was set at $250,000, and he was housed in the Clay County Detention Center. McMillian was arrested Monday afternoon following inquiries into the alleged Saturday assault of Ralph Weems IV, 32, of West Point. Weems and a friend, identified by the Associated Press as David Knighten of West Point, reportedly enterted into a verbal altercation with a group of black men about 1 a.m. Saturday at the Waffle House on Highway 45 in West Point. Police responded to the incident after employees called 911, according to police reports.About 2 a.m. Police were again called, this time to Huddle House, in response to “a fight going on.” Upon arrival, police discovered Weems unconscious in the parking lot. Alleged assailants had already fled the scene, according to police reports. Knighten told Associated Press reporters he and Weems, both white, had been followed by more than 20 black men from the previous altercation, and assailants from the group had beaten Weems. Knighten, too, suffered injuries, he said. Weems was taken to Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where he underwent brain surgery and remained in a medically-induced coma Monday. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableFBI joins assault investigationDaily Times SEC network lets you keep up2014-08-26T10:48:15-04:002014-08-26T10:48:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26549065" data-config-site-section="starkvilledailynews_hom_non_fro"></div>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: SEC network lets you keep upDaily Times Warriors reach out to community2014-08-26T10:46:39-04:002014-08-26T10:46:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comThe Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church Noonday Prayer Warriors in West Point don’t just meet together at noon every Wednesday to pray, they go out into the community where they see a need and visit with people. “If there are people who are sick, shut in or just need a little encouragement, we want to visit with them,” Alma Brown, member of the Noonday Prayer Warriors, said. “We want to bring a blessing to our community. We don’t care who you are, what race you are, whether or not you go to church, we will pray for you, and prayer works miracles.”Brown said every third Wednesday of the month the group goes to West Point Community Living Center and visits the residents. In addition to prayer, the warriors read scripture, sing and give the people at the skilled nursing facility time and attention, she said. Sometimes people just want a hug and to know someone cares, Brown said. “They bring joy and light to our residents,” Myrtle Robinson, certified activities director for WPCLC, said.”We are so thankful to the Noonday Prayer Warriors for coming every month to visit. I can’t thank them enough. To come, spend a little time and let these people know that someone cares means so much.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availablePrayer Warriors reach out to communityDaily Times