John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)
The body of a woman labeled a pauper at last week’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting has been claimed and put to rest by family members in Bruce.
Natalie “Nikki” Coleman was buried in Bruce Saturday in a family burial plot.
Coleman was found dead in her University Arbors apartment on Oct. 28. On Monday, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy told supervisors he could not locate family to pay for Coleman’s cremation. The board approved to foot the bill under the county’s Pauper Burial policy. (November 8, 2010, Page 2A)
The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.
He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31. About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.
Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.
The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)
Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.
Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.
Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.
“We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.
The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.
“They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)
Pat C. Lamar isn’t going to let a simple thing like a broken hand, wrist and arm keep her from attending this weekend’s Homecoming Queen Reunion at the University of Mississippi on Saturday. Lamar was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1961.
She will be one of 36 former homecoming queens who have registered to attend the first-ever queen reunion.
The chairwoman of the reunion, Annabeth
The idea for a reunion came from former Homecoming Queen, Annabeth Freeman Wyatt, who was crowned queen in 2000.
Each former queen will be recognized individually at a welcome reception at 9 a.m. Saturday in Butler Auditorium inside the Triplett Alumni Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1B)
Gov. Haley Barbour lifted a statewide burn ban Wednesday after heavy rains soaked much of the state.
Following suit, Lafayette County has also lifted its burn ban as of this morning, according to Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Johnson was granted permission by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last month to lift the ban when he and the Mississippi Forestry Commission felt it was safe to do so.
Johnson said he spoke with the Forestry Commission this morning and they were agreement to lift the ban this morning in the county. (November 4, 2010, Page 2)
The lawsuit, filed by Earl Tucker, 96, on Oct. 20, claims the state was violating his rights by placing observers in voting precincts who might require someone to present photo identification.
On Oct. 28, U.S. District Court Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. dismissed the suit which asked for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the observers and challenged the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition that will be appear on the November 2011 statewide ballot. The measure, if successful, would require photo identification at all voter polls in the state.
Tucker’s attorney, Alvin O. Chambliss of Oxford, filed a motion of injunction with the Court of Appeals which denied the motion on Monday. (November 3, 2010, Page 3)
While the wet weather was blamed for keeping voter turnout low in other part of Mississippi, area voters were determined to cast their votes despite the storms.
More than 44 percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s mid-term election.
“That’s pretty high for a midterm election,” said Circuit Court Clerk Mary Alice Busby after all the ballots were in last night.
Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill said no major problems were reported at the precincts other than some long lines. (November 3, 2010, Page 12)
The Oxford Police Department is still searching for the man who robbed the Mechanics Bank on University Avenue on Tuesday morning.
Police say a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank at 11:37 a.m. and robbed a teller at gun point; however, no one was injured in the robbery.
Anyone with information of the case is asked to call OPD at 232-2400. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)