While the Mississippi Legislature is looking at a law to ban fake bath salts, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance Monday that makes the item illegal to possess and sell in the county.
The “bath salts” contain several dangerous chemicals including mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovaleron, which is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.
Referred to as synthetic cocaine in the ordinance, the bath salts have been linked to violent behavior in its users. (February 8, 2011, Page 1A)
County Engineer Larry Britt updated the board as to the status of the eight-lot University Heights subdivision, owned by James Davis, that apparently was built in 2004 without having a plat on file.
County Attorney David O’Donnell said a suit was filed in June against Davis for noncompliance of the subdivision regulations, however, the suit was dismissed due to the complaint being “vague.” (February 8, 2011, Page 2A)
The eighth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Pantry will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Last year the event raised more than $15,000 for The Pantry — a nonprofit organization that began in 1982 to provide food on an emergency basis to eligible residents in Lafayette County and is staffed by volunteers. (February 8, 2011, Page 3A)
Adam Cory Ferguson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the murder of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell during the January court term at the Lafayette County Circuit Court. See the details and a complete listing of all cases heard this court term on page 1A in today’s EAGLE. (February 7, 2011, Page 1A)
Painting models takes patience, a steady hand and good eye sight when the models are often smaller than 1 inch in height. Oxford residents James Cade and William Sisson dedicate hours, and lots of dollars, for their model-painting hobby. See some of their handiwork in today’s Oxford Living. (February 4, 2011, Page 1B)
About 150 people listened to Vicksburg native Patrick House’s story of how he managed to get on The Biggest Loser show last year and win the entire competition, losing 156 pounds during a motivational lecture last night at the North Oxford Baptist Church. The program was one of several events planned for the free, health initiative Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U., sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. (February 4, 2011, Page 1A)
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)