Concerns are growing over the time it takes for autopsies to be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Jackson. Some families are waiting more than a week to get their loved one’s body returned home for the funeral and 30 to 60 days for the report to be mailed so they can collect insurance money to help pay for the funeral. (January 14, 2011, Page 1A)
From the moment the sun rises on Monday until it sets in the evening, events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. will offer area residents an opportunity to share a meal and prayers in the name of peace and community togetherness.
Kicking off at 7 a.m. will be the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in Abbeville that begins with a full breakfast buffet at the Abbeville School on County Road 115.
As the sun starts its descent on the LOU community, folks will gather in Oxford at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, just west of the Square, for the annual candle light vigil hosted by Second Baptist, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Eta Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. (January 14, 2011, Page 1A)
The Oxford Planning Commission approved, by a 5-1 vote Thursday, site plans for a new CVS Pharmacy to be built on Jackson Avenue West where Rainbow Cleaners is currently located. (January 14, 2011, Page 1A)
The 3rd Circuit Drug Court should see its first graduates this summer, said Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth, who started the drug court about two and a half years ago.
Howorth explained what the drug court was and how it’s helping save Lafayette County residents tax dollars during an address he made Wednesday to the Oxford Kiwanis Club at Fat Cat’s Restaurant. (January 13, 2011, Page 1)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)