To be more than just a Band-Aid to the growing homeless problem in Oxford and Lafayette County, the Oxford Homeless Task Force voted Sunday to launch a new initiative to form a Transitional Housing program.
Sherry Williams-Jenkins heads up the shelter committee. After reviewing different types of shelters and the feasibility of having a homeless shelter in Oxford, the committee decided the best way to offer more than just temporary fixes is to institute a more long-term solution. (October 11, 2010, Page 1A)
While every firefighter puts their life on the line each time they go out on a fire, the Exchange Club of Oxford honored two of those firefighters during its weekly meeting Thursday.
The 2010 Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Jonathan Hollis with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Howard Thweatt with the Oxford Fire Department. (October 11, 2010, Page 2A)
When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.
With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.
A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.
Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)
To help introduce the nine candidates running in the contested judicial races in November, the TEA Party Oxford is holding a Judicial Candidates Forum on Monday at the Oxford Conference Center off Sisk Avenue.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute session for the public to meet and talk to the candidates. The forum will begin at 7 with the moderator, Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc, asking each candidate five questions. (October 8, 2010, Page 3A)
A growing homeless problem is evident in a $10,500 hotel bill racked up by the Interfaith Compassion Ministries which works with the Ole Miss Motel to house displaced persons temporarily. On Thursday, ICM paid out more than $1,100 toward unpaid rent to help keep families in their home.
A Home Task Force meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the conference room at the Oxford Police Department. Anyone wishing to help find solutions is asked to attend the meeting. (October 8, 2010, Page 1A)
To the Hellums family, closure can finally be found as their loved one, Cpt. Judge Clayton Hellums, will finally be laid to rest exactly 66 years after his death during World War II.
On Oct. 9, 1944, Judge Clayton Hellums of the Paris community in Lafayette County and Army Pfc. Lawrence N. Harris of West Virginia were attacked by enemy fire in the M-10 tank destroyer while attempting to clear German forces out of the Parroy Forest near Lunéville. It was reported the men’s remains were destroyed in fire. (October 8, 2010, Page 1)
Attorney Josh Turner wanted to give back to the community where he was born and raised.
Now he has his chance.
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Turner to be the new public defender for the 3rd District Circuit Court, a position held for almost six years by attorney Ken Coghlan who resigned last month. (October 7, 2010, Page 5)
Janice Carr walked for six days up Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of a personal life goal that she used to help raise funds for Angel Ranch, an emergency shelter for the victims of child abuse and neglect. (October 7, 2010, Page 1)
After almost selling out last year, organizers of this year’s International Christmas Market at the First Presbyterian Church are offering a special premier party Friday night for those who pay a $5 entry fee.
Profits from the sale and Friday’s entry fee will be donated to Oxford Medical Ministries, which provides medical care to the working poor with no insurance
The merchandise being sold has all been created by artisans from countries around the world, including Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India.
The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian on Van Buren Avenue. (October 7, 2010, Page 2)
Seven local men where charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with 14 counts of illegal duck hunting.
According to the legal information filed Aug. 17 and unsealed Sept. 15 at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford, the men also killed several of the ducks and didn’t retrieve them. Investigators discovered eight mallard ducks hidden in an undisclosed location that were not tagged. (October 6, 2010, Page 6)