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CLAY COUNTY

West Point wants

taxes for recreation

n WEST POINT West Point officials have asked the Legislature to increase the local hotel and restaurant tax by 1 percent with the extra money going to city recreation activities.

Mayor Scott Ross said the city’s tax on hotel stays and restaurant food has been at 1 percent since 1996. The proceeds of the tax were used to build the Sportsplex.

Ross said the new increase would go to upgrading the city parks. Plans call for a skateboard park to be built at Marshall Park, new lighting and landscaping at Marshall and Zuber Parks and new city tennis courts.

ALCORN COUNTY

County school board
appoints district attorney

n CORINTH – The Alcorn County School District appointed a new board attorney during a special meeting Monday.

Jimmy Price, of Price and Krohn in Corinth, will begin in his new role after Robert Mims of Oxford leaves on April 15.

The board also approved a new policy that creates a public comment period of 15 minutes, during which individuals who sign in at a meeting may speak to the board for up to three minutes. The board may or may not take action on the comments.

Theo victim recovering
from Sunday shooting

n CORINTH – A man from the Theo community in western Alcorn County is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered Sunday afternoon, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

James Cuthberth Jr., 35, of 110 C.R. 770 was reported to be recovering at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., from a gunshot wound in the lower right abdomen, said Chief Investigator Tommy Hopkins.

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the 149 C.R. 755 residence of Marty McLaurin, 48, Hopkins said. McLaurin was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

There were no witnesses, and no motive for the alleged shooting has been determined, Hopkins said.

Though wounded, Cuthberth drove himself to a nearby residence and called 911. He was airlifted to The Med for treatment.

The case is under investigation by the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department.

DESOTO COUNTY

Man facing DUI death charge indicted again

n HERNANDO – DeSoto County prosecutors are seeking to revoke the bond for an Olive Branch man who allegedly has failed to register as a sex offender.

Jeffrey Dale Beecham, 51, faces a July 21 trial on a DUI death charge related to a 2007 fatal accident. Beecham is free on bond.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera said prosecutors discovered this past week that Beecham allegedly did not update his address with the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry when he moved to live with his mother.

Daily Journal, wire reports