The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-25T11:38:58-04:00 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 holiday begins Friday2014-07-23T10:51:27-04:002014-07-23T10:51:27-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comMississippi has been enjoying a tax break on clothing and shoes the last weekend in July since 2008. Then Governor Hailey Barbour instituted the tax-free weekend to help Mississippi families afford back-to-school clothing for children ages pre-K through college. The time frame for the tax-free weekend is 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 25 through 12 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 each, qualify for the savings. All clothing, athletic and discount stores, whether they are locally owned or part of a chain in West Point are participating in the tax – free weekend. Clay County Co-op in West Point not only has Dickey’s school uniform pants but also Wrangler and Carhartt jeans for students who no longer need uniforms, according to Clay County Co-op manager, John Elliott.“The first few tax – free weekends we did a booming business in school uniforms,” Elliott said. “Now a lot of stores carry them so the demand has died down. We do have Wrangler and Carhartt jeans, Carhartt and John Deere T-shirts, Rocky and Georgia boots.”Elliot said the store has plenty of jeans and T-shirts for students who do not have to wear uniforms and pink and blue rain boots for small children. Rocky, Georgia and LaCrosse boots are in stock for hunting season, he said. The tax free weekend isn’t just for kid’s clothes, Elliott said. Clay County Co-op hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. - noon Saturday.Bill Kadoos, manager of Nu Look Fashions in downtown West Point is ready for the tax free holiday, with uniforms, brand name athletic shoes and the latest fashions for young people.“We have the dark blue shirts, khaki and dark blue uniform pants in sizes 4 - 20 including husky sizes,” Kadoos said. “We are always happy to order anything that we don’t have in stock. The shop will be open normal hours during the tax – free weekend.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableTax holiday begins FridayDaily Times excavation team leaves Israel amid military action2014-07-22T10:53:49-04:002014-07-22T10:53:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderSpecial to Daily Times LeaderA collaborative excavation trip to Israel between three universities, including Mississippi State University, got cut short as regional tensions between Israel and Palestine flared up again.Mississippi State University’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology acted as the hosting institute as staff and students from MSU, the University of Wisconsin and State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase traveled to southern Israel to an archaeological site near the northern fringe of the Negev Desert, near the city of Be’er Sheva.The group left Israel via a midnight flight out of Tel Aviv and returned home on Sunday.Cobb Institute Archaeological Worker Dylan Karges, of Starkville, said about 25 students from the three universities and 15 staff used the trip to work the site of a suspected Israeli village on the edge of what was commonly known to be Philistine territory.“I’m working with Jimmy Hardin with the Cobb Institute at MSU and he specializes in the Iron Age Israel,” Karges said. “The site we’re working was suspected to be a small, rural Israelite village that may have been occupied previously by the Philistines. It would have been right on the border or pushing the border out toward the Philistines on the coast.”However, as tensions began to flare in the region in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students, Karges said the group decided it was best to cut the trip short and return home.“Our main concern became staying out of harm’s way,” he said. “We relocated at some points and ultimately made the decision to get out.”West Point, MSNo author availableMSU excavation team leaves Israel amid military actionDaily Times cocaine charges lessened in court2014-07-22T10:52:18-04:002014-07-22T10:52:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderMonday saw the beginning of the second week of the Clay County July Circuit Court term, and two of the cases on the docket were affected by a new Mississippi law.House Bill 585 took effect July 1 after being passed into law by the Mississippi legislature in March, and has changed the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges. John C. Jones, 59, of West Point, was arrested in February 2013 for possession of cocaine, and was originally charged with felony possession of cocaine. However, based on the new law, Judge Lee Coleman reduced the charge to misdemeanor possession of cocaine: less than 0.1 gram during Monday's court session and remanded the case to municipal court.West Point, MSNo author availableFelony cocaine charges lessened in courtDaily Times arrested in fundraiser scam2014-07-22T10:51:21-04:002014-07-22T10:51:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comTwo men were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged unlicensed door-to-door solicitation.Jerry Gibson, 56, of Columbus, and Quinton Guido, 25, of West Point, were arrested Friday on contempt of court charges, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott. Scott said while the two were in custody they were identified by a victim of a recent solicitation scam, and charged with false pretense Monday morning."(When) we initially brought them in and they were identified the Justice Court had already closed up for the day," Scott said. "So they had to wait to be charged until Monday."According to a news release, the Clay County Sheriff's Department received reports of a man asking for donations for a bogus fundraiser during the past couple weeks.Gibson and Guido's bonds were set at $293.93 in addition to their bonds for contempt of court, which were $948 for Gibson and $1,272 for Guido. The pair are set to appear before the justice court on Aug. 8.West Point, MSNo author available2 arrested in fundraiser scamDaily Times