Data released this week from the U.S. Census shows Lafayette County as being the fastest growing nonmetropolitan area in Mississippi with a 22.2 percent increase of population since 2000. The city of Oxford also grew over the last 10 years going from the 35th biggest city in the state to the 20th biggest city. (February 4, 2011, Page 1A)
We live in a world of instant communication, and advanced and multipurpose cell phones are one of the tools that’s made that happen. Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has recently updated her phone, but it still leaves her wondering if we might not be getting too connected these days. (February 4, 2011, Page 4A)
The VFW, American Legion, Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans have been holding several fundraisers over the past year to raise money toward building the park that will be located on Veterans Boulevard, across from the Veterans State Home. So far, a pavilion with bathrooms has been constructed. The land has been cleared and lights have been installed along with some benches. Fundraising efforts continue with an upcoming Valentine’s Day raffle. (February 3, 2011, Page 2)
With only four weeks in office, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee has spent the last several days traveling around north Mississippi. On Wednesday, he stopped in Oxford where he met with Mayor Pat Patterson and the Board of Aldermen, the Lafayette County Supervisors and other county employees and stopped off and had lunch with the Oxford Kiwanis Club. Later, he visited with the staff at the Oxford EAGLE and answered questions about industry, health care, jobs, education and Social Security and talked about his first month in office. (February 3, 2011, Page 1)
While Mike Tagert of Starkville won the overall election in Tuesday’s run-off race for the Northern District Transportation Commissioner seat, local voters chose John Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit. (February 2, 2011, Page 1)
The attorney representing Caleb Corrothers, who accused of killing a Lafayette County father and son in 2009, has filed numerous pretrial motions, including a request to move the trial out of Lafayette County. (February 2, 2011, Page 2)
Local legislators are working to pass a new bill that would require prosecutors to include a special allegation of sexual motivation in felony criminal cases when sufficient evidence exists to justify a finding of sexual motivation. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register under the Mississippi sex offender registration law. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)
The Mississippi Parole Board denied parole for Anthony Jenkins, 45, who convicted in 1987 for killing 4-year-old James Neal Freeman and wounding Debi Freeman in 1985 with a rifle while the family was driving along College Hill Road.
Jenkins was sentenced to life in prison and has been up for parole three times but has been denied each time. The latest hearing was held in January. He will be eligible again in 2014. (January 31, 2011, Page 2)
Lafayette County Tax Assessor/Collector Martha Thornton said, after 36 years, it’s time for new blood in the tax assessors’ office.
Thornton, who has served Lafayette County as its tax assessor and collector since 2000, will not be seeking reelection in this year’s county elections.
See a listing of all those who have filed qualifying papers for the 2011 county elections in today’s EAGLE. (January 31, 2011, Page 1)
The Memory Makers respite care program began in October after Dianne Arnold, an Alzheimer’s trainer for the Division of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, teamed up with Jo Ann O’Quin, a University of Mississippi social work professor and the founding member of the local Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary in February.
The participants start their day at Memory Makers with coffee or tea and a small snack. On Thursday, it was banana nut bread. The group gathers around a table along with the program volunteers to sing songs, tell stories about their past or play trivia games. (January 28, 2011, Page 1B)