The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-22T10:50:56-04:00 Mississippi St. hangs on to beat LSU2014-09-22T10:50:56-04:002014-09-22T10:50:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: Mississippi St. hangs on to beat LSUDaily Times Way prepares to launch fall campaign2014-09-22T10:49:47-04:002014-09-22T10:49:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comUnited Way of Clay County will host its "Day to Care" and campaign kickoff luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Civic in West Point. United Way of Clay County Executive Director Stacy Hays said the "Day to Care" begins at 8 a.m., and is a community event to help develop teamwork and build morale among volunteers while giving back to the community. "The event is a way to give residents the opportunity to see first-hand where their donations are going," Hays said. "We invite local business to provide us with volunteers to do a little work with some of our agencies."Agencies funded by United Way in Clay County include American Red Cross, Clay County 4-H, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Sally Kate Winters Family Services and Clay County Christian Fellowship, among others."We don't want any other agencies that need some volunteer work to be left out," Hays said. "We'd love to include any nonprofit agencies if they need some volunteer work, even if they don't fall under the United Way umbrella."To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableUnited Way prepares to launch fall campaignDaily Times hogs cause growing concern2014-09-22T10:46:55-04:002014-09-22T10:46:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWild hogs are considered nuisance animals by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. MDWFP defines "wild hogs" as any feral hog, wild swine, Russian boar or any pig that is not domesticated or has a wild-looking appearance or behavior. Clay County Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said that wild hogs were becoming more of a problem in the county. McClenton said wild hogs cause a lot of damage to crops, as well as destroying yards and carrying diseases."They root up the ground like a little dirt tiller," McClenton said. "If the ground is wet and muddy, they wallow it out and cause a lot of damage to grassy areas."West Point resident Scott Allen said he experienced about six "visits" from wild hogs in his yard over the course of two weeks in late July."They tore up about a 75-foot square in two spots in our yard," Allen said. "We were able to smooth some of it over, but there's still a depression and loss of soil there."He said his neighbors set a few traps for the hogs, but never caught any. They then strung up a knee-high electric fence, which Allen said seems to have kept the hogs away.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWild hogs cause growing concernDaily Times to receive DUI enforcement grant 2014-09-22T10:45:45-04:002014-09-22T10:45:45-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comThe U.S. Department of Justice is working to make it easier for state and local law enforcement to crack down on those driving under the influence. The Clay County Sheriff's Department is tapping into that pool of resources.On Oct. 1, CCSD will receive a grant worth about $41,000 to use throughout the course of a year for safety checkpoints, DUI education, deputy overtime and equipment, according to Lt. Avery Cook, CCSD investigator. The grant, the first of this specific kind for CCSD, Cook said, is allocated to states and then distributed among law enforcement agencies. It's something he said would prove beneficial for CCSD, particularly in needed tools."We'll be getting some new in-car cameras for DUI stops -- new audio and visual systems," Cook said. "We'll get some new traffic vests, three portable breathalyzers and three new flashlights that detect the presence of alcohol."Cook said the flashlights, which come at a price tag of about $150 each, could be of particular use to the department. Should a deputy suspect a driver is impaired, the flashlight could give needed probable cause to issue a breathalyzer or obtain a warrant for blood testing. While Cook said the department wanted to be fair with residents, it was a safety issue above all else."You know there are people out there just doing their normal activities, and we want to keep these people safe and drunk drivers off the streets," Cook said. "It's our responsibility, really. We know we can't ever stop it from happening altogether, but we want to deter it as much as we can."It's a sentiment echoed by Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott. While he said there was nothing wrong with getting out and having a "good time," he hoped drivers would realize it wasn't worth putting themselves and others at risk."It's about building some awareness," Scott said. "I want to encourage people to think long and hard about it. We want people to be safe and responsible. A DUI can cost you a lot of money and aggravation. Some people it could cost a job if they lose their license."To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCCSD to receive DUI enforcement grant Daily Times to host drug drop2014-09-19T11:49:18-04:002014-09-19T11:49:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe West Point Police Department is will participate in a national prescription drug take-back event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The national drug take-back day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and is a way for citizens to discard outdated or unwanted prescription medication.According to a statement released to media, the DEA has hosted seven take-back days over the past four years and taken in 390 tons of pills. West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD took part in each take-back day the DEA hosted. “It’s not good to flush pills down the toilet or put them in the trash,” Brinkley said. “There’s too much of a chance for a child or an irresponsible adult to get a hold of them that way.”WPPD Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said there will be a collection box in the front lobby of the police department on East Westbrook Street. An officer will be on hand to help participants and keep watch on the drop box.“Citizens can bring their stuff in, no questions asked,” McGee said. “People don’t have to wait for the actual day, as they can bring their unwanted medications to WPPD any time, day or night, leading up to Sept. 27.”To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWPPD to host drug dropDaily Times's Corner2014-09-19T11:47:55-04:002014-09-19T11:47:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information on a string of alleged burglaries from May 2013.n About 9:30 a.m., May 7, 2013, officers responded to the 700 block of Meadowbrook Drive in reference to an alleged home burglary. According to the incident report, the homeowner said an Emerson 32-inch flat-screen television was allegedly taken from the living room of the residence. The suspect allegedly kicked through a door to gain entry to the house, according to the report. The homeowner reported that the alleged offenders also ate snacks from the house. The owner could not provide a serial number for the television.n On May 12, 2013, officers responded to the 700 block of Progress Street in reference to an alleged home break-in. According to the incident report, the homeowner arrived to find the living room and bedroom of the house had been “ram-shackled.” The offender allegedly shattered a bedroom window to gain entry to the residence. The homeowner reported that the offender threw furniture around the house, but that nothing was stolen.n On May 23, 2013, officers responded to the 1300 block of Hickory Drive in reference to an alleged burglary from an automobile. According to the incident report, two Apple iPad 2s were allegedly stolen from a vehicle parked on the street. One of the iPads was kept inside a black leather case, and the serial number was DN6G2JLFDFJ0. The owner couldn’t provide a serial number for the other tablet.n On May 26, 2013, officers responded to a home on East Morrow Street in reference to an alleged stolen vehicle. According to the incident report, a 2011 silver Chevrolet Camaro convertible was allegedly stolen from the residence while the owner was away for the Memorial Day holiday. A week after the car was reported stolen, WPPD officers found it a wooded area on Lenore Loop with extensive damageWest Point, MSNo author availableInvestigator's CornerDaily Times makes 2-pound pot bust2014-09-19T11:46:53-04:002014-09-19T11:46:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderUNA — Clay County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) deputies, in conjunction with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, arrested two Una residents Monday, after investigators executed a search warrant that allegedly yielded about 2 pounds of marijuana.Jerry Holliday, 34, and Ashley Salter, 30, both of Una, were taken into custody on charges of manufacturing marijuana, according to a CCSD statement issued to media Thursday. The arrests were the result of a long running investigation, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott.In addition, Scott said two children were removed from the home at 15770 Les Burns Road in Una and placed within the Department of Human Services’ custody. Holliday and Salter were additionally charged with two counts of child endangerment due to the volume of substance allegedly found on the premises, Scott said. “We work really hard when children are involved around drug-related activities,” Scott said. “We won’t hesitate to get the right authorities involved and do what we have to do.”Holliday and Salter were taken to Clay County Detention Center and housed on $45,000 bond. To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableCCSD makes 2-pound pot bustDaily Times 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