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West Point names interim police chief, deputy clerk

Posted 10/14/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — During a three-hour executive session, the West Point Board of Selectmen tapped West Point Police Department Officer Bobby Lane as interim police chief and Reba Mattix as named deputy clerk. The West Point board voted 4-1 in August to fire former Police Chief Steve Bingham.

 

 

Boy, 14, shoots at 90-year-old in robbery attempt

Posted 10/14/2009 in Area

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville 14-year-old who tried to force his way into a 90-year-old woman’s home to rob her — and failing at that, trying to shoot her — was arrested by Brooksville police. “We had a possible burglary and shooting (but) no one hurt,” said Brooksville Police Chief Tina Williams.

 

 

West Point Water and Light head faces disturbing the peace charge

Posted 10/9/2009 in Area

The interim superintendent of West Point’s Water and Light Department will appear in municipal court Oct. 27 to stand trial on charges of disturbing the peace.

 

 

Clay supes delay plans to collect fines

Posted 10/9/2009 in Area

The Clay County Board of Supervisors tabled plans to allow a web-based collection agency to begin pursuing more than $1 million in unpaid justice court fees during its Thursday meeting.

 

 

Arts council sponsors photo competition for area amateur photographers

Posted 10/7/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — A photo competition began Oct. 1 in West Point, inviting area amateur photographers to get “in focus.” “West Point: In Focus” is a new photo competition sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council. Slated to run until Oct. 30, the contest is open to anyone of any age, who lives, works or attends school in West Point or Clay County.

 

 

West Point clerk: I don’t want to resign after all

Posted 10/7/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — West Point City Clerk Robin Perry continues to await an opportunity to appear before the city’s Board of Selectmen to discuss the withdrawal of his letter of resignation in September. The city clerk position is one of two key West Point jobs in limbo as the board decides how to handle the pending opening at clerk and the continuing search for a new police chief to replace Steve Bingham, whom the board fired Aug. 11.

 

 

Company will employ 34 at Macon facility

Posted 10/6/2009 in Area

MACON — This morning Noxubee County celebrated the opening of its latest industry — Exterior Profiles Corp. — with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

 

 

Local students to celebrate Walk to School Day

Posted 10/3/2009 in Area

West Point and Columbus students will commemorate Walk to School Day Oct. 7 by walking or riding their bikes to school, or taking time out for a walk during the day.

 

 

Program trains seniors to re-enter work force

Posted 10/3/2009 in Area

Experience Works is looking for more than two dozen senior citizens to begin on-the-job training programs — and possibly find gainful employment — at locations around the Golden Triangle.

 

 

West Point clerk says he was on verge of firing, resigned instead

Posted 10/3/2009 in Area

West Point City Clerk Robin Perry’s recent resignation may have preempted his firing by the city board. Perry submitted a verbal resignation during a meeting of the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen Sept. 17 amid allegations of improper conduct.

 

 

Aberdeen police to retire official's ticket to file

Posted 10/2/2009 in Area

ABERDEEN — The Northeast Mississippi Officials Association, the Aberdeen Police Department and Aberdeen High School resolved differences Wednesday that stemmed from an incident last week at an Aberdeen High home football game.

 

 

Navistar: Workers had warning of layoffs

Posted 10/1/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — Employees at West Point’s Navistar plant had advance notice their jobs would be cut, said a company spokesperson. Navistar officials Friday announced 80 employees were cut from the West Point staff, leaving about 120 people working at the facility off Eshman Avenue, which produces mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles.

 

 

Foundations push back against PEER report

Posted 10/1/2009 in Area

After having their budgets slashed for the next three years by the state Legislature, Mississippi universities are a step closer to facing changes in private fundraising.

 

 

Bad call? Football refs may not show up for Aberdeen game

Posted 9/30/2009 in Area

Aberdeen High School’s ability to serve as host Friday night to Winona for the teams’ scheduled football game could be in question after an incident last week involving a football official and members of the Aberdeen Police Department.

 

 

Navistar lays off 80 more workers

Posted 9/30/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — A county already stricken with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, got another dose of bad news Friday: Navistar cut about 80 employees from its staff.

 

 

West Point now needs to fill two key city positions

Posted 9/30/2009 in Area

WEST POINT — West Point City Clerk Robin Perry has stepped down after less than three months on the job.

 

 

Noxubee launches high-speed Internet initiative

Posted 9/29/2009 in Area

Working since June with a consortium of 41 Mississippi counties currently under-served with the technology, officials with the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance have launched an initiative to provide high-speed Internet access to all residents of Noxubee County.

 

 

Jobs outlook offers little relief for area

Posted 9/25/2009 in Area

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke may say the recession is over, but the recovery is a jobless one for the Golden Triangle so far.

 

 

Area universities brace for cuts

Posted 9/24/2009 in Area

State universities know the cuts are coming, and now it’s time to separate the necessary from the expendable. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning board has projected a 5 percent cut, which could inflate to 10 percent, in funds across state schools in 2010, followed by another 10 percent cut in 2011 and an additional 20 percent cut in 2012.

 

 

Traffic accident claims life of EMCC student

Posted 9/23/2009 in Area

A traffic accident on Highway 45 near Scooba claimed the life of Davishe Walker of West Point. Walker, a freshman, was an honors student at East Mississippi Community College and a member of the concert choir and marching band.

 

 

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