The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-26T12:27:44-05:00 Christian launches new service organization2015-01-26T12:27:44-05:002015-01-26T12:27:44-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comPHEBA — Hebron Christian School in Pheba is home to the new Hebron Anchor Club. The club had its first meeting in December and installed officers Thursday night at the school.The Anchor Club, a community service based organization sponsored by local Pilot Clubs, seeks to facilitate aid among homes, school and community through its student membership. The new Hebron chapter came as the result of those in local Pilot organizations.“We Pilot Club members are so very pleased to see a new Anchor Club start in Clay County,” said Peggy Norman, Mississippi district governor-elect. “We know Talitha Hudson will do a wonderful job guiding these young people in their service to the community as an Anchor Club.”Norman said she knows the new members will work hard toward the mission of Pilot and Anchor clubs to raise awareness of brain disorders, those who give care and education to prevent brain-related injuries.West Point, MSNo author availableHebron Christian launches new service organizationDaily Times, YTMM look to begin road repair in spring2015-01-26T12:25:33-05:002015-01-26T12:25:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWith growth comes growing pains, and one of the pains residents may have dealt with during the dirt hauling process of the construction of Yokohama Tire is damaged roads. There may be an end in sight for residents, however, as the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to begin the process of repairing Barton Ferry Road, Town Creek Road and North Eshman Avenue at its meeting Thursday.Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) signed an agreement with the county in November 2013 to repair or restore Town Creek Road after the hauling operation was completed. YTMM agreed to pay the cost of returning Town Creek Road to its condition from before construction began. Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said road repair was not part of the county’s original memorandum of understanding with Yokohama. West Point, MSNo author availableCounty, YTMM look to begin road repair in springDaily Times term comes to close2015-01-26T12:22:47-05:002015-01-26T12:22:47-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comA West Point man was sentenced to seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a drive-by shooting as the January Clay County Circuit Court term came to a close Friday.Charles Saul, Jr., 22, of Grove Street in West Point, pleaded guilty to drive-by shooting and was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in MDOC with eight years suspended. Saul opened fire on two cars in June 2013, causing damage to both of them, according to the incident report. The drivers of the cars were not injured.After his seven-year sentence, Saul will be required to serve five years of post release supervisionAlso during Friday’s court session, Devon Jones, 30, of Highway 47 in West Point, was sentenced to eight years in MDOC for burglary, with five years suspended. He was ordered to serve five years of post release supervision in addition to a $1,200 fine and $2,250 in restitution.West Point, MSNo author availableCourt term comes to closeDaily Times president to retire this summer2015-01-21T10:50:43-05:002015-01-21T10:50:43-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderEast Mississippi Community College President Rick Young will wrap up a career spanning more than 40 years this summer. Young announced Tuesday his intent to retire from EMCC, effective June 30. Young joined the community college staff 40 years ago, according to an EMCC media release issued Tuesday, and spent a total of about 42 years in education.“As sad as we are to lose Dr. Young as our president, we are extremely grateful for the innovative, positive leadership he has exhibited during his tenure at EMCC,” said Kathy Dyess, West Point resident and chairman of the EMCC Board of Trustees. “His aggressive pursuit of excellence in all areas of the college has brought EMCC into the national spotlight, enhancing the value and quality of academic, vocational, workforce training and athletics provided by the Mississippi community college system.”West Point, MSNo author availableEMCC president to retire this summerDaily Times to vote on GTR airport grant fund match2015-01-21T10:49:24-05:002015-01-21T10:49:24-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe Clay County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a $25,000 match for a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) at its meeting tomorrow. The airport received the $750,000 grant in October, and required a $500,000 community match among the entities sharing GTRA. West Point and Clay County’s share of the match was $50,000 to be split between the city and county, and the West Point Board of Selectmen voted at its Jan. 13 meeting to participate. GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey said the grant would be used to add a westbound route to the airport. He said the community match was reimbursable by the state, and GTRA would guarantee a certain amount of revenue to the participating airline for the first year of operation. “We received this same type of grant when we added our Memphis route, and we only used about two thirds of it,” he said. “The participation commitment would begin for the next fiscal year and would end one year later. This is not a continuing commitment for the local entities.”West Point, MSNo author availableCounty to vote on GTR airport grant fund matchDaily Times nets 30 years on assault2015-01-21T10:47:53-05:002015-01-21T10:47:53-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comA West Point man was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) for assault during Tuesday’s Clay County Circuit Court session.Edward Cox, 46, of West Point pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic aggravated assault. On Aug. 30, 2010, Cox stabbed his wife and son at his home. According to the incident report, first responders arrived at the residence and found Cox’s wife lying in the driveway bleeding from the chest and abdomen and his son “covered in blood.” The victims were taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point and treated. According to the report, Cox’s son told investigators that Cox ambushed his wife while she was unlocking the door to the home. West Point Police Department officers spoke with Cox on the phone and convinced him to turn himself in early the following morning. West Point, MSNo author availableMan nets 30 years on assaultDaily Times annual banquet preparations rolling; event set for Jan. 292015-01-20T11:08:11-05:002015-01-20T11:08:11-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comAs the month dwindles, so too does the deadline for preparations on the 89th annual West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance banquet.The banquet, themed "Past, present, forever West Point," is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Civic. Festivities will begin with a cocktail hour and networking, followed by dinner provided by White's Catering at 6 p.m. Thus far, Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said all was coming together smoothly for this year's event."I'm working on getting a lot of old pictures of West Point together (to fit with the theme) because the overall landscape has changed so much," Klutts said. "So, I'm really in the midst of a lot of research. … The logistics are different from last year, but … the hardest part has been getting in touch with those who've won awards."Klutts said both Main Street and Growth Alliance awards had been chosen, and while some remain secret, others — such as Hall of Fame inductees — would be open to the public next week. This year's keynote speaker has been selected and confirmed as well, Klutts said, with West Point resident Rufus Ward headlining the event. West Point, MSNo author available89th annual banquet preparations rolling; event set for Jan. 29Daily Times Point residents march, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day2015-01-20T11:07:04-05:002015-01-20T11:07:04-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point and Clay County residents gathered Monday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. More than 50 locals turned up at 9 a.m. Monday to march from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive down Main and Commerce streets before ending up at Center Stage for a celebratory program.Many residents who couldn’t make the walk still came out for the program, and event coordinator Anna Jones said the turnout — about 100 or so in the Center Stage auditorium — was consistent with the last few years’ events. “I wish more people had come, but we still had a really good crowd and I was very pleased with the turnout,” Jones said. “We had a lot of young people attend the event, which was encouraging. Whether they were listening or not, they were here.”Delta Sigma Theta member Carolyn Poston said getting teenagers and and children involved in the community was crucial in maintaining King’s vision.“We don’t want Martin Luther King’s legacy to be in vain,” Posten said. “We need to encourage our youth to register to vote and to ensure that all people have the right to social justice.”West Point, MSNo author availableWest Point residents march, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. DayDaily Times construction to begin this month2015-01-19T12:13:25-05:002015-01-19T12:13:25-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comConstruction for the new West Point shopping center in front of Walmart is set to begin during the next two weeks. Dirt work for the building began in July but since then, work had slowed considerably. Jim Khalaf, owner of Khalaf Plaza LLC in McComb, said there had been a miscommunication in planning for the new shopping center, but he obtained a building permit for the project."We got our building permit about a week ago," Khalaf said. "We'd hoped to get started on construction right away, but there's been so much rain lately that it slowed us down a bit."He said he looked for crews to begin laying concrete for the center, to be called Khalaf Plaza West Point, this week. He said he expected construction on the building to start next week.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCenter construction to begin this monthDaily Times children at peak levels2015-01-19T12:07:57-05:002015-01-19T12:07:57-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comHomelessness among children is something staff at Sally Kate Winters Family Services deal with every day. And the problem is worse than many might think, according to SKW Director Sheila Brand.Brand spoke to Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point about some of the challenges facing homeless children, emphasizing MSU partnership efforts and national awareness prompted by a recent Sports Illustrated article which focused on student athletes in particular. Brand said some 100,000 student athletes nationwide were homeless; that number was about 5 percent of the total number of children experiencing homelesseness in the U.S. Some of those athletes were among those most would never suspect, including Mississippi State University senior and football player P.J. Jones. Jones, who also spoke to Rotarians Thursday, said he’d been born in Flint, Mich., and was accustomed to life on the rough side of the tracks as a child.“I knew what drugs were,” Jones said. “I saw things, I saw drug deals and shootings. ... I spent some time homeless, too.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableHomeless children at peak levelsDaily Times