The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
Bilethon Autry pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers for shooting and killing his brother during a three-hour standoff with police in September 2009 in the Grand Oaks subdivision. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter with six years suspended and an additional 15 years for shooting at police. He will serve 24 years before being released. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
The Sustainability Leadership Awards were given out on Wednesday to Oxford, Lafayette and university people, organizations and businesses. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
With almost three inches of rain and accounts of golf ball sized hail, Oxford saw some damages in Wednesday’s storm. The biggest damage was at FNC Park where part of the entrance was washed away. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
When State Rep. Warner McBride announced Tuesday he was not seeking re-election this summer, he joined two other House incumbents who have been serving Lafayette County in choosing not to return to Jackson.
In other words, three of Lafayette County’s four lawmakers will be leaving the state House. As a result, Lafayette County’s political pull in Jackson could be weaker for a while. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
Oxford Board of Aldermen approved another 10-15 hours of consultation with Howard Bogart, an attorney in Alabama that specializes in health care law, to finish the last details of a memorandum of understanding with the county and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
During Green Week, organizers are making a special effort to promote volunteerism in the community. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
Choosing alternative modes of transportation — such as biking to work, walking or even riding the Oxford University Transit buses — is one way we can all lower our ecological footprint. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
TVA is partnering with the city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi and local power distributors to promote to Kick-Off Energy Efficiency Challenge. The challenge offers four viable energy saving options to members of TVA in an effort to save money, energy and the environment. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
If city and county officials sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an improved intersection at Highway 6 and West Jackson Avenue could still be three years out.
But whether that MOU will be signed anytime soon is still under debate by city and county officials. Both sides have admitted in public meetings to having “issues” with the MOU. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)