A University of Mississippi student died from injuries he suffered after being thrown from a sled in the Highland Square neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, the 22-year-old student from Kentucky was flown off the sled after running into a sign and was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he later died from internal injuries. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the incident, Kennedy said.
Kennedy confirmed the man was a student at Ole Miss but was withholding his name pending family notification. (February 25, 2015)
Feb. 23, 2000
As many as 20 new people were expected to become part of Oxford’s government as a result of the biggest overhaul of the city administration since Pat Lamar was elected mayor in 1997. (more…) (February 25, 2015, Page 1A)
By Alyssa Schnugg
Volunteers for this year’s Feed the Hunger Pack-A-Thon are asking folks to spend a couple of hours packing nutritious meals for children who may otherwise do without.
Mary Katherine Perry, founder of the Oxford event, said she’s seen first-hand where the meals go during two trips to Kenya with the Feed the Hunger organization.
By Catherine Boone
Forecasters say the frozen precipitation that arrived this morning has the potential to accumulate up to 6 inches of snow through this afternoon and tonight.
“We anticipate anywhere from 3 to 6 inches today, maybe even higher amounts in some locations,” National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Maye said.
The snow is expected to fall until sunset tonight.
Even though the snow may have to accumulate before the roads become hazardous, Lafayette County Emergency Management Representative David Shaw said residents should still be careful when driving through the wintry weather.
“We need to take precautions throughout the storm,” Shaw said.
“If you’re not used to driving in snow, it would be best to stay at home and be prepared to stay there for at least today, this afternoon and tonight, and possibly first part of tomorrow,” Shaw said.
Lafayette County and Oxford city school districts and the University of Mississippi have canceled classes to ensure faculty, staff and students stay safe throughout the winter storm. The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is also closed today.
Even though forecasters predict the snow will end around sunset today, Shaw warned that the area may not be through with the effects of the inclement weather.
“It’s very possible that if we get enough snow today and it gets slushy tonight and refreezes, it might cause even more issues for going to work in the morning and that is something we are considering,” Shaw said. “But we have been talking about it for a couple of days now and the county road department is ready to use whatever equipment they can to make sure we can move around.”
The Oxford School District intends to update faculty, students and parents about the weather conditions by 6 this evening.
Jerry Haynie, Lafayette County Road Department Manager, said his department has been prepared for bad weather for two weeks.
“We’ve been out preparing the roads early in the morning for a couple of weeks,” he said. “We stay in close contact with David Shaw.”
Haynie said he is ready for today’s snow.
“We’re ready today,” he said Tuesday. “We’ve been trying to stay on top of it.”
Maye said cold temperatures of 26 degrees tonight will warm up to around 41 degrees Thursday, and that the area should be clear of additional wintry weather through early next week. Temperatures next week will be in the 50- to 60-degree range.
By Alyssa Schnugg
Several offices are still uncontested in Lafayette County as the qualifying deadline approaches.
Those bouncing back and forth on whether to toss their hat into the election ring have until 5 p.m. Friday to make up their minds.
Because of the winter storm in the area, some deliveries of today’s Oxford EAGLE may not be possible until later in the week. We will attempt to deliver as many as our carriers can safely deliver, and send those we can’t deliver out Thursday if roads are clear. Also, The Oxford EAGLE offices will close early today because of the weather and travel conditions.
As a service to our readers, we will be posting full versions of our bylined stories in today’s paper on the website, oxford eagle.com. (February 25, 2015)
Fourth-grade students at Della Davidson Elementary School recently found a way to improve the way they learn math by using a popular iPhone feature called Siri. And in the process, they talked with Siri co-founder Adam Cherey and are now working with him to improve Siri’s software and programming. (February 24, 2015, Page 1)
After more than two years in the making, Oxford firefighters with Station No. 1 moved into a new station last week that’s not only much roomier, it even has a brass pole to slide down.
Those wishing to get a fresh start and leave a past mistake in the past can learn how its done Saturday during a free Expungement Clinic at the University of Mississippi. (February 23, 2015, Page 1, 12)
Icy roads contributed to about seven wrecks in a two-hour period Friday and more wintry weather is expected today. (February 23, 2015, Page 1)