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Pauper burial OK’d for woman

On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for  Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.

Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.

(more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

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    Residents debate Oxford’s future

    How to build a sustainable Oxford is the topic of discussion underway now with the Sustainability Conference Monday through Wednesday. Issues and areas of concern were explored at the conference’s opening town hall meeting Monday evening at the Lyric Theater and members of the Sustainability Design Assessment Team oversaw the process. (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

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      Polls open at 7 a.m.

      Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.

      “Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.

      But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.

      All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.

      There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Scarecrows take over Wellsgate

        The Wellsgate Owners Association sponsored a scarecrow contest which wielded three winners on Sunday. The Ol’ Man River by 7-year-old Catherine Creekmore won $100 for first place; Shelby Proudfoote (of the shire) by Sam Davis won $50 for second place and Panty Thief by Janie and Joe Byrd won $25 for third place. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Going slow on alcohol sales

          Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Aldermen discuss Sunday alcohol sales

            Even though the mayor’s Alcohol Task Force has recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday, the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue.

            (more…) (October 29, 2010)

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              Lafayette County voters to select coroner in Nov. 2 voting

              If the outcome of an election can be based on the amount of friends someone has on a Facebook page, the race for Lafayette County coroner seems neck-and-neck.

              Rocky Kennedy, currently serving as the county’s interim coroner, has 267 “friends” on his “Rocky Kennedy for Coroner” Facebook page, while Richard Shivers has 262 on his Facebook page.

              Lafayette County voters will decide Tuesday who the next county coroner will be: Kennedy, Shivers or Lonnie Weaver. (October 29, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Schools detail $54M plan

                By 2017 the Oxford School District plans to have completed a massive $54 million renovation and expansion of nearly all of its facilities. School officials unveiled the details of its capital improvement plan at a special meeting held Thursday, just two days after voters approved a $30 million bond referendum. School officials plan to add another $24 million to the bond money to accomplish their ambitious building program. (October 29, 2010, Page 1, 11A)

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                  Pocket park makes progress

                  Efforts to create a new park near the Garden Terrace subdivision on the west side of town are finally moving forward after more than a year of discussions with the Oxford Park Commission concerning the location of the open space. The neighborhood is working with OPC and the city to transfer the property to the city to begin the development of the park. (October 28, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Rain doesn’t dampen burn ban

                    A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for all of Mississippi despite much-needed rain showers soaked parts of North Mississippi recently.

                    However, the southern part of the state is still bone dry.

                    The burn ban was issued by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this month after the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommended the ban to help prevent uncontrolled forest and brush fires after a hot, dry summer left much of Mississippi’s landscape dehydrated. (October 27, 2010, Page 1)

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