Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has been in the reporting business for several years, including many in Florida before she moved to Oxford. She recalls the openess of meetings and records and the easy access she had in the “sunshine” state, and writes that if Mississippi could be more like that overall then reporters and the public alike would benefit. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)
A man accused of killing Lafayette County father and son last year will get more time to prepare for his trial on two counts of capital murder. Caleb Corrothers, 27, was granted a March trial by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth during a hearing last week. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County no longer to serve as administrator: Despite a plea by the Lafayette County supervisors for a second chance to be the lead county for the 3rd District Drug Court, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth said Union County will take the responsibility for administering federal funds for the program. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)
Before cell phones, someone “crank calling” or “stalking” someone by calling their home phone over and over could get away with their identify easier before the invention of things like caller ID, phone tracking and voice mail and texting where the proof of the harassment is often recorded.
The OPD has investigated 117 reports of harassing phone calls in the last year. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
Local vets are hoping hundreds come out next month wearing their best poker faces and geared up for a full-day of fun.
The Veterans of Foreign War Clubs from Southaven and Oxford are sponsoring a Poker Run on Sept. 11 that will take motorcycle riders from Oxford to Holly Springs to Southaven to Hernando and back to Oxford.
Funds raised during the event will benefit the new Veterans Memorial Park in Oxford. (August 30, 2010, Page 3A)
The use of smoke detectors is the no. 1 line of defense against being killed in a house fire. To make sure everyone in Oxford and Lafayette County is protected, the Layfayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Oxford Fire Department are offering smoke detectors to those who qualify thanks of the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s free smoke alarm program. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Over the last two weekends, Oxford police officers have made 80 arrests, several being for alcohol-related crimes. Police officers were walking into local bars this weekend checking ID’s. From Friday to Sunday, 45 people were arrested, with 17 minors arrested for underage drinking; eight being charged with DUI and seven being drunk in public. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)
In March, a group of community leaders and involved citizens attended a retreat to learn how create open dialogue and get people talking about racial and economic divers in the L-O-U community.
As a follow-up to that retreat, the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and The Amos Network of Lafayette County will be holding a Welcome Table retreat, “A Conversation on Race,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. (August 27, 2010, Page 2A)
In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)
With the first act to his new independent movie finished, filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips found himself needing some fresh ideas to complete the script. In May, he called Melanie Addington, whom he had met two years ago at the Memphis International Film Festival, and asked her to help finish writing the script.
Cast and crew have been shooting for the last three weeks in and around Oxford and expect to wrap up this weekend. (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)