Weather officials say straight-line winds caused most of the damage during the first storm to blow through the community on April 27. However, the second storm that hit later that afternoon and caused so much damage in the Pine Flat community has been classified by the National Weather Service as an F3 tornado. (May 2, 2011)
With a new format and a new ticketed-event, Double Decker fans mostly adapted to the changes this year. While attendance was about 2,300 at the maximum on Friday, Saturday saw regular crowds.
With Lafayette County now a federal disaster area, more help is on the way. For those impacted, call 1-800-621-FEMA. (May 2, 2011, Page 1A)
For those taking part in the Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. community health initiative, some have lost weight while others say they’ve simply learned to live healthier. The Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. program came to an end last night, while team members celebrated with a bbq dinner and shared their success stories. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)
Pine Flat Community began recovery efforts on Thursday while most of the community remained in shock over the damages to the area. Volunteers came to help begin putting together the pieces of their lives. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)
Several local individuals and organizations are accepting donations to help the Mississippi tornado victims.
Donations are being accepted at the Pine Flat Methodist Church on CR 422 and at Fire Station # 1 in Oxford. Cash donations are accepted on Saturday at the Courthouse Lawn for Red Cross.
Volunteer help is needed in the Pine Flat area also. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)
Damage assessments from Wednesday’s powerful series of storms that moved across Lafayette County are still being done, but it appears as if the Pine Flat community, located just south of the Highway 7/9 split on Hwy. 9 W. was the hardest hit. The residents of this area could use your help. The Pine Flat United Methodist Church on CR 422 is being used as the staging area for the Red Cross, but volunteers are needed to assist them. Also, donations of bottled water and pre-made foods would be appreciated. For more information, call Pastor Gene Bramlett at 832-6616. The church, like everyone else out there, doesn’t have power, but will serve as the focal point for assisting the Pine Flat community during daylight hours. (April 28, 2011)
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)