Gov. Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday for Lafayette County after severe storms ripped through the area, destroying homes, businesses and claiming the life of an Oxford man. Organizations have mobilized to the affected areas, offering food, clothing and comfort. (April 28, 2011, Page 1)
A powerful storm moved through Lafayette County at 2 p.m. yesterday after about 12 hours of other storms throughout the area that damaged homes and businesses and claimed the life of one Oxford man.
The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow with the first of its kind – a ticketed event. Tickets are on sale today for $10 but beginning at 10 am on Friday go up to $15 for the Friday night concert. Saturday’s festival will remain free with art, food and music. (April 28, 2011, Page 2)
A tornado touched down east of Oxford at about 1:50 p.m., damaging several homes and knocking trees down across many roads in this part of Lafayette County. Some reports also have come in regarding residents trapped in their homes. The tornado’s path appears to have started near the Highway 7/9 split, moving northeast to just west of Yocona, and it then proceeded on across Highway 6 East. Houses on county roads 334, 469, 415, 421 and 471 reportedly sustained damage. Power lines have also been blown down. There were so many reports for assistance that emergency crews were requesting additional help to remove trees to allow for emergency vehicles to respond.
See video of damage along Highway 6 and CR 419 below.
(April 27, 2011)
Oxford School District announced at 12:50 p.m. that they will be keeping the students until the threat of storms is past. There will be no early release.
A 55-year-old Oxford man died this morning after he lost control of his 18-wheeler on Highway 30.
Early reports say the man was traveling east near County Road 257 at about 4 this morning when his tractor trailer hit a fallen pine tree that was in the road. He lost control of the truck and ran off the road. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he was pronounced dead, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, (April 27, 2011)
Another storm front will be covering most of the Mid-South today through Wednesday and is expected to produce severe thunderstorms that include large hail — like last week’s storm, complete with high winds and possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Lafayette County is under a flash flood watch, flood warning and tornado watch until midnight, unless canceled or continued, through Wednesday by the NWS. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)
Oxford School District approved a $3 million demolition and construction of a new gym at Oxford Middle School at Monday’s board meeting. The project will also include the addition of 8 classrooms for the school. The project is set to begin this summer and complete by Aug. 2012. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)
From Meals on Wheels to WIN Job Centers, Three Rivers provides education possibilities, workforce training and services to the elderly on a regular basis. (April 25, 2011, Page 1A)
Leadership Lafayette members want to give you a free rain barrel and while they are at it – help to save the local environment. To learn more visit www.facebook.com/rainbarrelsoxford or visit them at Double Decker outside First National Bank. (April 25, 2011, Page 1A)