Close to 50 charities in the community are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don’t file tax returns by Oct. 15, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)
John Preston Turner Jr. knew something just wasn’t right when he saw smoke coming from his friends’ chimney at about 8:15 Saturday evening.
“Daddy, look,” John Preston said to his father, Preston Turner. “Joe has a fire going.”
“I didn’t think anything of it at first,” Turner said. “But then I thought, ‘That was odd,’ since it was about 100 degrees outside.” (July 27, 2010, Page 1A)
The Lafayette County Planning Commission approved a new cell tower to be constructed on Highway 30 by AT&T during its Monday’s meeting. Representatives from SBA Communications of Alabama appeared before the commission to have a tower, which will be leased and used by AT&T, constructed on Highway 30 next to the Calvary Baptist Church. (July 27, 2010, Page 3A)
Thanks to grants being offered by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, finding a safe place away from tornadoes will be much easier for those who take advantage of a program that reimburses residents up to $4,000 to help build a safe storm shelter on their property. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)
Like many judges around the country, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth has had to start including warnings to jurors that as long as they are sitting on the jury, they can’t discuss the case on any social media outlet, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)
It’s been almost eight months and investigators with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department are still racking their brains to come up with new evidence in the murder of Frank Bowie. Investigator Scott Mills said, “we’re just not getting that many calls. We know there’s got to be someone in the community that will help us — it’s just finding the right way to extract it.” (July 23, 2010, Page 2A)
The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will grant convicted killer David Williams the opportunity to appeal his 2007 conviction when he was sentenced to life in prison for killing college student and former ex-girlfriend, Demetria Bracey of Jackson. Willams’ attorney, David Hill, said that his client did not have a fair trial and they feel confident that the court will correct a bad result. (July 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Some visitors and staff members were alarmed when the hospital participated in an infant abduction drill at 11 a.m., Thursday. Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford had a campus-wide drill as part ongoing emergency preparedness training. (July 23, 2010, Page 2A)
Announcement of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to William Faulkner came on Nov. 10, 1950.
Under the title “I Know William Faulkner,” his friend, mentor and fellow Oxonian, Phil Stone, wrote in the Nov. 16 issue of the Oxford EAGLE about his lifelong friendship with the now world famous author. Noted New York critic, scholar and translator, Stark Young, also of Oxford, took exception to this statement. (July 23, 2010, Page 3B)
After the Fourth of July, I usually say to Mother Nature: “Just let ‘er rip.”
This year, however, she started a wee bit too early for me. Granted, we have had nearly enough rain so far, but the next week bodes a really dry one.
So between sipping iced tea in the shade and dragging the snarled hose around, I leave a little time for pondering some of these truisms of nature. (July 23, 2010, Page 2B)