A third supervisor has been ousted by voters during tonight’s primary runoff.
District 5 Supervisor incumbent Ray Sockwell Jr. lost to Mike Roberts who walked away with 52.29 percent of the votes. However, the final tally had Roberts winning by only 40 votes over Sockwell. In November, Roberts will go up against Republican Greg Bounds who won the primary election on Aug. 2.
Deputy tax assessor/collector Sylvia Baker bested her opponent Lisa Hickman Spragins. Baker took 71.01 percent of the votes. There is no Republican running against Baker in November.
Look for a precinct-by-precinct breakdown tomorrow in The Oxford EAGLE. As of 9:15 p.m., here are the results with 18 out of 18 precincts reporting and all affidavit and absentee votes accounted for:
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Tennessee Williams’ play, “Streetcar Names Desire” opens Wednesday and will run through Friday at The Powerhouse. Tickets on Wednesday and Friday are $10 to $12 for members and $8 for students. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $35 to $40 which include a City Grocery Dinner. For more information, visit www.theatreoxford.com. (August 23, 2011, Page 1)
Tons of mulch made from the downed trees and brush from the storms that wreaked havoc in Lafayette County on April 27 are ready for the public to come and take as much as they’d like for free at the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (August 23, 2011, Page 1)
Voters will decide Tuesday who will be Lafayette County’s new tax assessor/collector during the runoff election. There are a total of four local races on the ballot. Voters will also finish choosing the Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for state treasurer. (August 22, 2011, Page 1A)
The BMX track construction is underway as the Pathways Commission works to obtain a new grant for a small dirt area near the Stone Center. (August 19, 2011, Page 1A)
Changes to the career and technical education programs in Oxford Middle and High School could impact the design of the new high school and renovation of the current one into a middle school. Oxford School Board members heard a presentation on the many changes on Thursday. (August 19, 2011, Page 1A)
If you plan on drinking alcohol and getting into a car to drive over the next three weeks, think again.
Local law enforcement agencies will ban together starting today and continuing through Sept. 5 for an intense crackdown on impaired drivers, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)
After two long years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp purchased the South Lamar and Belk boulevard building of its BMH North Mississippi hospital for $60 million and an additional $5.6 million from its Health Trust Fund. The city and county will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250 million facility in Oxford. (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Aldermen continue to work on the city 2011-2012 budget and mulled providing a 1.5 percent cost of living raise for city employees on Tuesday. (August 17, 2011, Page 1)