The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.
The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
For one mother, her 8-year-old son’s safety was the first thought after he was left on the bus in a parking lot and then walked into school on his own.
Lafayette School District Mike Foster is unaware of a similar incident occurring at Lafayette schools in the past, but was aware of a similar incident in another district in the past. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Retired Lt. Col. Sidney Johnson had the pleasure of performing one more duty Saturday morning as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Inside the sanctuary of the College Hill Presbyterian Church, Johnson swore in his grandson, Timothy Burnam, into the U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Former Lafayette County coroner Lonnie Weaver has qualified to run in November to regain the position he resigned from last year after pleading guilty to embezzling funds from the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiners Association. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Local schools, Lafayette County, Oxford and Water Valley school districts are well above the state percentage of passing scores in most testing areas. But all three districts along with all other districts in the state continue to struggle with reading scores. Statewide results were released today. Oxford Superintendent said that “There is always room for improvement.” (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)
In what appears to be an attempt to gain back his ability to practice law, David Zachery “Zach” Scruggs, is asking a federal court judge to vacate his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme that sent several attorneys to prison, including his father, noted former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. (August 20, 2010, Page 2A)
Even the Oxford-Lafayette County area is not safe from redistricting, according to maps and information provided Thursday evening at one of several meetings being held by the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting.
The meeting was held in Fulton Hall on the University of Mississippi campus with about 75 in attendance. About 20 representatives and senators from around Mississippi who are on the committee were also present, including Tommy Reynolds, who represents parts of Lafayette County. (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)
More than 500 participated in a series of races as Oxford and Taylor hosted Endurance Weekend last Friday through Sunday. The event was considered a success by organizers, who hope to see the event become an annual one attracting two to three times as many competitors and visitors. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)
The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)
A new kiosk that is suppose to make renewing driver’s licensee or getting a duplicate license faster and easier is now located inside the driver’s license office in Lafayette County. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)