While the final site for a new $300 million hospital has not been selected as of Monday, county and city officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief over knowing where the new hospital won’t be going.
Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. officials announced Monday during the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, that the hospital will no longer consider building the new facility on land located on Highway 6 West, a few miles outside Oxford’s city limits. (April 5, 2011, Page 1A)
Lafayette County 911 dispatch Supervisor Becky Barnett reminds parents to make sure batteries are taken out of old cell phones given to children to play with and that 911 isn’t the place to call for directions. (April 5, 2011, Page 2A)
During their regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to meet with city officials to go over a joint MOU with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in regards to three local projects including the interchange at the West Jackson Avenue/Highway 6 intersection. Both city and county officials have expressed concerns about MDOT changing previously agreed upon details. Other issues discussed Monday included United Way’s Excel by 5 application; a redistricting resolution and property being transfered for the new Winchester plant. (April 5, 2011, Page 2A)
The doors to the L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum officially opened Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the newly renovated home. (April 4, 2011, Page 1A)
Lafayette County has been awarded a $14,000 grant by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to offset costs of cleaning up illegal dumps. (April 1, 2011, Page 5A)
In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the SistahSpeak organization is asking all women — and brave men — to dab on their brightest red lip stick for “Lips of Love.” (April 1, 2011, Page 12A)
The United Way will be asking the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors on Monday to appoint a representative to sit on a 15-member coalition to determine the community’s needs and resources for early childhood education. (April 1, 2011, Page 1A)
On Saturday, Lafayette County resident Janice Carr will get to show off her mother’s quilts during a one-day celebration of quilts made by local American-American woman at the University Museum. (April 1, 2011, Page 1B)
Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg continues to learn more and more about her community, thanks lately to an assignment that gave her a ride on the Double Decker Bus, visits to several local art galleries and a trip by the University Museum. She writes about her discoveries, including the location of Faulkner Alley, and her plans for the future. (April 1, 2011, Page 4A)
Ole Miss students Bowman Hitchens and Rob Treppendahl are planning a 60-day journey down the Mississippi River this summer to raise $50,000 for Interfaith Compassion Ministries in Oxford. Watch a video about the duo’s journey here.