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Morning fire destroys home

About 19 firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 852 Highway 30 East this morning to the home of Freddie Pinion of Alfa Insurance. The house was engulfed in flames, but Pinion and his family — including two children — made it out of the house safely.

Roy said the cause of the fire is unknown as of this morning, but County Fire Marshal Darren Roy will investigate to determine how the blaze started. (January 13, 2011, Page 1)

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    Runoff election to decide transit position

    While State Rep. Warner McBride took the majority of Lafayette County’s votes in Tuesday’s special election, it wasn’t enough to push him into a runoff for the seat of Northern District Transportation Commissioner.

    Of the 1,718 votes cast locally Tuesday, Warner earned 937 votes. However, when the votes were counted from all the other counties in the district, it was candidates John Caldwell of DeSoto County and Mike Tagert of Starkville who both won 21 percent of the total votes, pushing them into a runoff election on Feb. 1 (January 12, 2011, Page 1A)

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      Good marks for storm response

      With Sunday’s snow fall being the most this area has seen at one time in more than 20 years, city and county officials have reviewed how they responded and decided their crews did a fine job overall. (January 12, 2011, Page 1A, 10A)

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        UPDATE: School Closings

        Oxford School District reopened today but Lafayette School District remained closed. Superintendent Mike Foster said Lafayette Schools plan to be open on Thursday. (January 12, 2011)

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          *BREAKING NEWS* Runoff in Miss. transportation race

          JACKSON (AP) — Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. were headed to a runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.

          Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed Caldwell, of Nesbit and transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, leading the seven-candidate filed. Tagert, of Starkville and president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, was second.

          Following closely behind was Rep. Warner McBride with 20 percent of the votes. Tagert and Caldwell both had 21 percent of the votes.

          One precinct in Leflore County remained to be counted Wednesday.

          The runoff election is Feb. 1.

          The winner will fill the vacancy created when Transportation Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs died Nov. 1.

          The winner will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term. (January 11, 2011)

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            Few voters at polls

            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)

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              Keep safe, warm in big chill

              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)

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                Update BluePrint Mississippi initiative unveiled

                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)

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                  Breaking News: Monday -Tuesday cancellations

                  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.

                  (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 8)

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                    **UPDATE* Governor says election still on

                    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.”

                    (more…) (January 10, 2011)

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