Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)
The Relay of Life for Oxford-Lafayette County is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. May 6 in front of J.C. Penney’s department store on West Jackson Avenue in the old Oxford Mall parking lot. So far, the event has raised close to $50,000 in donations. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)
Watt Bishop and his son Beau Gibb show off Bishop’s “green” home on 14th Street. From the front porch made from recycled plastic bags to the bamboo floors, the house was built to be comfortable and environmentally friendly. See today’s Oxford Living for a look inside the home. (April 22, 2011, Page 1B)
On Wednesday, the Oxford Military Order of the Purple Heart presented University of Mississippi head football coach Houston Nutt with a plaque of appreciation for Nutt visiting troops in the Middle East two years as part of the Under Armour Coaches Tour. (April 21, 2011, Page 8)
The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
Bilethon Autry pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers for shooting and killing his brother during a three-hour standoff with police in September 2009 in the Grand Oaks subdivision. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter with six years suspended and an additional 15 years for shooting at police. He will serve 24 years before being released. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
The Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi is sponsoring “Jeans for Justice Day,” a campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and funds to support programs for the victims of such crimes locally. It will be held April 28 on National Sexual Assault Awareness Day.
For a donation of $5 or more, employees “buy” the right to wear jeans to work as a way to recognize rape survivors, as well as other victims of crimes. (April 20, 2011, Page 7A)
When State Rep. Warner McBride announced Tuesday he was not seeking re-election this summer, he joined two other House incumbents who have been serving Lafayette County in choosing not to return to Jackson.
In other words, three of Lafayette County’s four lawmakers will be leaving the state House. As a result, Lafayette County’s political pull in Jackson could be weaker for a while. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
If city and county officials sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an improved intersection at Highway 6 and West Jackson Avenue could still be three years out.
But whether that MOU will be signed anytime soon is still under debate by city and county officials. Both sides have admitted in public meetings to having “issues” with the MOU. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
During Oxford’s Green Week, area restaurants are presenting foods that are considered “green” because are bought locally and/or are grown organically. Eating green is being highlighted as part of the Green Week activities. Read about “green” food in today’s EAGLE. (April 18, 2011, Page 1A)