- Bentley Baker Crawford — 87, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Burial will be held at 3 in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Randale Johnson — 38, of Oxford died Friday at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
- Kermit Frazier Shotts — 63, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Olive Branch. A private family service was held at the University of Mississippi Chapel. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch was in charge of arrangements.
- Sallie H. Sledge — 78, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Primacy Healthcare & Rehab Center in Memphis. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery on Highway 6 East outside of Oxford. Visitation will be held for three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
- Samuel Swinney — 83, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Tulsa. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Tulsa. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds Funeral Service in Tulsa.
- Mary Nina Walton — 77, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Landmark of DeSoto Care Center in Horn Lake. Services were held Sunday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in the Broadstreet Cedar Grove Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
The prognosis is mixed on Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s effort to build a new hospital in Oxford because of a rough spot in negotiations with local government boards because of site options. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the ongoing issue and says that an open debate and the availability of information will help all involved understand the process. (March 18, 2011, Page 4A)
There’s no doubt about one thing the Girl Scouts have learned to do better than their Boy Scout counterparts – pick items to sell for fundraising projects. News Editor Jon Scott has seen both sides, from his days selling flares as a Boy Scout to his current father role in selling Girl Scout cookies, and said there’s no doubt which one does the best. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)
It’s just a coincidence – News Editor Jonathan Scott isn’t into New Year’s resolutions – but Scott is planning to take part in a community program offered by Baptist Memorial Hospital titled “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” It’s a plan to help members of the community to develop a healthy lifestyle, something Scott feels certain will be a reward well worth the effort. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate for November inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point from October, according to the latest jobs report. Still, the county continues to have one of the lowest jobless rates in the state. (January 3, 2011, Page 5)
Remember Peggy – the dog that came home after being missing for several years? News Editor Jonathan Scott has been asked about the wirehaired terrier numerous times since relating that story a year ago, and today he updates all of those concerned on Peggy’s progress in the Scott home. (December 10, 2010, Page 4A)
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)