A Friday afternoon wreck involving an all-terrain vehicle has left a father and his teenage daughter fighting for their lives.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene on County Road 309 at about 1:30 p.m., on Friday. The father and daughter, from Wisconsin, where visiting family to attend a funeral on the weekend. (March 8, 2010, Page 1A)
Customers at Frank and Marlee’s Restaurant and Piano Bar smelled smoke at about 9:15 p.m. Soon, flames began to shoot out of The Gin, which is adjacent to Frank and Marlee’s just off the Square. The two establishments shared a common wood patio up until Thursday, according to co-owner Erin Smith.
The O.D. Smith Masonic Lodge No. 33 will hold its Mississippi Child Identification Program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at their lodge at 618 McLarty Road.
The program allows parents to receive a full identification package, complete with three photographs of the child, a laminated ID card, all 10 digital fingerprints, a video, DNA sample and teeth imprints, which can help with identification, serves as a DNA sample and the saliva from the impression provides a pure, exclusive scent which can be used by tracking dogs in helping to find lost children. All the information is stored on CD that is given to the parents.
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The Reach for Recovery support group meets the first Monday of each month at Azalea Gardens. Most of the members, about 30, attend the meetings to socialize and receive education through written materials and guest speakers. About five members are “visitors,” who are trained and certified through the American Cancer Society to visit or call new cancer patients. Each meeting begins with a potluck supper. (March 5, 2010, Page 1A)
CrimeStoppers and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal are collectively offering $1,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected arsonists in connection with recent fires at Wellsgate and at the old Galilee Church on County Road 108. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)
The race for Third District Circuit Court is heating up with three more attorneys qualifying for the November election: John A. Gregory, Dave Rozier and Kent A. Smith. Local voters will decide who will get a judicial seat in the Third District Circuit Court, which covers seven counties — Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah and Union. Currently there are three seats for the Third Circuit. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)
Sometimes it takes a trip to the doctor or dentist to see how drug dealers are starting to affect everyone. Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls a recent trip to the dentist with an infected tooth that ended up with her leaving without any pain pills – because of concerns about prescription medications’ use. (March 4, 2010, Page 4)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved new subdivision regulations aimed to help protect the county against developers who fail to complete infrastructure inside subdivisions. (March 4, 2010, Page 5)
As Mississippi House and Senate negotiators were agreeing on a plan to restore $82 million in cuts made to the current state budget, Lafayette County School Board members were voting on whether to accept next year’s school calendar, fearing budget cuts could force student and teacher furloughs. (March 3, 2010, Page 1)
As Medicaid makes more cuts and medical care becomes increasingly more expensive for families, school nurses are finding themselves being the primary-care provider for many of Lafayette County’s students. During the Lafayette County School Board meeting Tuesday, school nurse Celia Roberts said she and fellow nurses are also dealing with mental illness in students in numbers they never did in years past. (March 3, 2010, Page 1)