Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.
Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
With 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County, many children, and even adults, spent their day Monday playing in the snow, followed by getting warm by a fireplace or space heater.
Fortunately, their memories will remain good ones.
A National Fire Protection Association report shows 73 percent of home heating fire deaths can be attributed to space heaters and other alternate heating sources. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
Former UM Chancellor Robert Khayat will help lead a new initiative to give Mississippians more opportunities. A meeting will be held in Oxford to get public feedback on issues of educational achievement, resource management, a competing economy and commercializing technology. A date has not yet been set. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette and Oxford School District announced it will be closed Tuesday due to weather as did University of Mississippi. A decision will be made on Wednesday at a later time. Regents of Oxford will also be closed.
Governor Haley Barbour has ordered the January 11, 2011 Special Election to proceed as scheduled.
“With inclement weather conditions lingering for voters in the northern parts of the State, we understand circumstances are not ideal for casting a ballot,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We want to encourage voters to exercise caution to ensure safety when heading to the polls.”
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University Police Department officers on the University of Mississippi campus were kept busy in 2010 with the total number of arrests more than doubling from 2009. Drug-related arrests tripled from 2009 to 2010. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 1)
Gov. Haley Barbour has said he will decide sometime today whether to delay Tuesday’s special election due to hazardous road conditions after Sunday’s winter storm dumped several inches of snow and ice on Mississippi roads. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 1)
The Oxford EAGLE will deliver to areas that it can today but not all papers can or will be delivered due to the treacherous roads. Subscribers who do not receive their print edition today will receive it as soon as your carrier is able to run the route.
However, the top stories of the day will be made free in their entirety on the website under the Headlines section. We will update about tomorrow as soon as possible. (January 10, 2011)
Despite calls to some Oxonians by someone saying that the Tea Party is soliciting funds, local Tea Party organizer Kay Cobb warns the community that the local political organization is not soliciting funds.