Area agencies closing for the holidays

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

With Christmas just over a week away, many local businesses and government agencies will be closing up shop for a few days in observance of the holiday.
The Clay County Courthouse, along with other county agencies, will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas, and then again on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Any residents who wish to pay their taxes in the 2015 calendar year will need to do so by the 30th.
City Hall will be closed on Christmas Day and resume normal hours on Dec. 28 before closing Jan.1 for New Year's Day and reopening on Jan. 4.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the Public Works Department would be closed on Christmas day, though it wouldn't affect trash routes.
"The staff at many of our agencies will be pretty light this week and next week as many of our employees will be taking vacation days," Jones said in a previous interview. "We'll still be able to get to everyone if there's a problem, though."
Clay County District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the holiday wouldn't affect garbage pick-up in the county.
"We're going to run our garbage pick-up every day," Lummus said. "If we take even one day off it puts us so far behind we can't get caught up."
For residents looking to get in those last minute Christmas cards, or possibly very late letters to Santa, the post office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Christmas Eve. It will be closed Christmas Day and resume normal hours the next day.
The Clay County Health Department will also be closed on Christmas Day, but will be opened for its regular hours for the rest of the week.
The Bryan Public Library will close for the holidays at 6 p.m. Wednesday and reopen at regular hours on Jan. 4. The Walmart Supercenter will be open on Christmas Day, but will close at 8 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. the next day.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department and West Point Police Department will have officers on patrol throughout the holiday, and Sheriff Eddie Scott urged to citizens to not hesitate to call 911 or either department if they needed assistance.