Local legislators are working to pass a new bill that would require prosecutors to include a special allegation of sexual motivation in felony criminal cases when sufficient evidence exists to justify a finding of sexual motivation. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register under the Mississippi sex offender registration law. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)
The state board approved Oxford’s request for Sunday sales after holiday and home football weekends on Monday. The first Sunday will be May 8 for Mother’s Day. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette County Tax Assessor/Collector Martha Thornton said, after 36 years, it’s time for new blood in the tax assessors’ office.
Thornton, who has served Lafayette County as its tax assessor and collector since 2000, will not be seeking reelection in this year’s county elections.
See a listing of all those who have filed qualifying papers for the 2011 county elections in today’s EAGLE. (January 31, 2011, Page 1)
Miller Hall is coming down after 50 years to make way for three new residence halls. The university is waiting word from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to ensure that they can move forward with the project. (January 31, 2011, Page 1)
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley kicked off a “Connecting Rural North Mississippi” tour Thursday in Harmontown where he met with about 170 residents inside of the Harmontown Baptist Church to listen to their complaints in regards to a lack of cell phone coverage in the area. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)
Mary Katherine Perry is working with local churches to help feed thousands in Kenya but to complete it they need help. About $20,000 is needed before the Feb. 25 and 26 at Ole Miss. A fundraiser will be held Feb. 16 at the Library Bar & Grill for $10. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)
The replacement of three bridges on Highway 331 in the Yocona/Tula area are coming to an end, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation officials. The total cost of the project was $3,771,450. (January 27, 2011, Page 1)
Todd Liddell was named District Teacher of the Year for Oxford School District and Sherry Nelson was named for Lafayette School District. (January 27, 2011, Page 1)
University Police Department’s Jane Tutor took home the award for Officer of the Year last night during the annual awards banquet of the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. Tutor, captain of investigations, has been with UPD since 2003. Winning the award for Support Personnel of the Year was Angie Hughes, a 911 dispatcher with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years.
A community meeting was held on Tuesday at Oxford High School to generate ideas from anyone with input into what the new Oxford High School may need. A survey is also available online until Monday at www.oxford.k12.ms.us (January 26, 2011, Page 1)