After the local unemployment rate dropped for a couple of months late this summer, the percentage of jobless workers In Lafayette County has been inching up the past two months. For October, the county recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, or two-tenths of a percentage point higher than September’s jobless rate of 7.1 percent. (November 29, 2010, Page 6A)
When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)
The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
Olin Corp. announced today that its Winchester Centerfire Operations and approximately 1,000 jobs will be relocated to Oxford. The company’s decision follows two failed ratification votes by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, in which employees twice rejected a union proposal that would have allowed Centerfire Operations to remain in East Alton. Read more about the jobs in Thursday’s edition of The EAGLE (November 3, 2010)
After getting a second chance to prevent hundreds of their jobs from moving from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford, Olin Corp. union workers again rejected a contract with the company. The vote Tuesday appears to make it far more likely that some 900 jobs will be relocated to Oxford during the next five years. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department is searching for the suspect who robbed the Mechanics Bank at 1508 E. University Ave. at 11:37 this morning. Bank officials told police a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank and robbed the bank at gun point, according to police. No one was injured in the robbery.
The suspect then fled the bank on foot and reportedly got into an older model vehicle which may be either light tan or light yellow in color and possible either a GM or Ford.
Officers recovered a gun, money and other evidence that was covered in red paint from the the “dye pack” that discharged near where the suspect’s vehicle was parked. Anyone with information of the case is asked to call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400. (November 2, 2010)
Best-selling author Pat Conroy returns to Oxford on Wednesday to sign copies of his new book, “My Reading Life.” The signing will be at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 3)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)
With schools in the area, state, region and country reporting problems, there’s no question that the local Oxford School District is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Editor Jonathan Scott talks about how well the school has done in relation to his children who have gone through the system, and he urges all to help continue that tradition of educational excellence by supporting the $30 million bond issue next Tuesday. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)