The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-21T10:50:43-05:00 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 set to appear on murder2015-01-19T12:03:30-05:002015-01-19T12:03:30-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comThe second week of the January Clay County Circuit Court term is set to begin Tuesday morning with the murder trial of Tameshia Shelton. Shelton, 36, of West Point, was charged with murder on suspicion of the October 2009 death of West Point resident David Young. Shelton's trial has received several continuances for additional discovery and one due to her giving birth two weeks before the trial date. According to court documents, Young's family requested more than $3,000 in restitution from Shelton for funeral expenses.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableWoman set to appear on murderDaily Times OF THE DAY: The Best Diet Tips & Tricks for a Healthy New Year2015-01-16T15:38:47-05:002015-01-16T15:38:47-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableDaily Times looks for armed robbery info2015-01-16T11:04:53-05:002015-01-16T11:04:53-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department investigators are looking for more information on an alleged armed robbery from September, as well as a burglary and vandalism from earlier this month.n About 11:50 p.m. Sept. 26, officers were dispatched to the Texaco service station on Highway 45 North in reference to an alleged armed robbery. According to the incident report, the store clerk said an individual wearing black pants, a black shirt, gray gloves and a red head garment entered the store and came around the counter holding a knife. The suspect allegedly asked for all the money in the register, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the report. The suspect then allegedly ran out of the store around the north corner of the building toward the Northgate subdivision.West Point, MSNo author availableWPPD looks for armed robbery infoDaily Times