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Kennedy elected county coroner

Lafayette County interim coroner Rocky Kennedy won the race Tuesday to keep the position he was appointed to by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors one year ago.

With all 18 precincts reporting by 9 p.m., Kennedy walked away with 59.04 percent of the votes. His opponent, Richard Shivers, took 29.16 percent of the votes while former coroner Lonnie Weaver had just 11.66 percent of the votes.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Kennedy said. “But I think Lafayette County made the right choice a year ago when they appointed me, and I think when the people voted, they proved Lafayette County right.” (November 3, 2010, Page 1)

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    Olin union rejects contract again

    After getting a second chance to prevent hundreds of their jobs from moving from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford, Olin Corp. union workers again rejected a contract with the company. The vote Tuesday appears to make it far more likely that some 900 jobs will be relocated to Oxford during the next five years. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)

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      Kennedy wins coroner race

      Lafayette County interim coroner Rocky Kennedy won the race to keep the position he was appointed to by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors one year ago.

      With all 18 precincts reporting in by 9 p.m., Kennedy walked away with 59.04 percent of the votes. His opponent, Richard Shivers took 29.16 percent of the votes while former coroner Lonnie Weaver had just 11.66 percent of the votes.

      (more…) (November 2, 2010)

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        OPD searches for bank robber

        The Oxford Police Department is searching for the suspect who robbed the Mechanics Bank at 1508 E. University Ave. at 11:37 this morning. Bank officials told police a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank and robbed the bank at gun point, according to police. No one was injured in the robbery.

        The suspect then fled the bank on foot and reportedly got into an older model vehicle which may be either light tan or light yellow in color and possible either a GM or Ford.

        Officers recovered a gun, money and other evidence that was covered in red paint from the the “dye pack” that discharged near where the suspect’s vehicle was parked. Anyone with information of the case is asked to call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400. (November 2, 2010)

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          County schools consider block class schedule

          The Lafayette County School Board is considering turning away from traditional class scheduling and implementing a block schedule at the high school.

          On Monday, the board voted to allow Lafayette High School principal Rodney Flowers to make a formal presentation at the Dec. 7 meeting.

          (more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

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            Pauper burial OK’d for woman

            On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for  Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.

            Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.

            (more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

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              Residents debate Oxford’s future

              How to build a sustainable Oxford is the topic of discussion underway now with the Sustainability Conference Monday through Wednesday. Issues and areas of concern were explored at the conference’s opening town hall meeting Monday evening at the Lyric Theater and members of the Sustainability Design Assessment Team oversaw the process. (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

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                Polls open at 7 a.m.

                Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.

                “Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.

                But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.

                All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.

                There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Scarecrows take over Wellsgate

                  The Wellsgate Owners Association sponsored a scarecrow contest which wielded three winners on Sunday. The Ol’ Man River by 7-year-old Catherine Creekmore won $100 for first place; Shelby Proudfoote (of the shire) by Sam Davis won $50 for second place and Panty Thief by Janie and Joe Byrd won $25 for third place. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    Going slow on alcohol sales

                    Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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