After running a story about a child left on a bus at Lafayette Elementary School, the bus driver came forward with her side of the story – hoping to clarify that the school system had immediately notified the family. (August 26, 2010, Page 1)
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence – an interdisciplinary program that brings together the Schools of Engineering, Accountancy, and Business Administration at the University of Mississippi is reportedly the only undergraduate program of its kind in the country. The program is off to a good start with 27 students enrolled and more are expected as the nearby Toyota plant opens. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.
The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.
The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford School District has grown 5 percent since last year with a total enrollement of 3,589 students as of last Monday. Despite growing enrollment, the Oxford School District is focusing in on ways to keep more kids in school until graduation. To improve drop-out rates, the district is developing a new credit recovery program for students who have failed a course twice. By taking the class online class, it will students one last chance to pass the course. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
Financial literacy is high on the list of areas the committee is looking at trying to promote. Al Hope, committee leader and human resource director for the city of Oxford wants to see more communication with residents on what services are available. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.
The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
For one mother, her 8-year-old son’s safety was the first thought after he was left on the bus in a parking lot and then walked into school on his own.
Lafayette School District Mike Foster is unaware of a similar incident occurring at Lafayette schools in the past, but was aware of a similar incident in another district in the past. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Retired Lt. Col. Sidney Johnson had the pleasure of performing one more duty Saturday morning as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Inside the sanctuary of the College Hill Presbyterian Church, Johnson swore in his grandson, Timothy Burnam, into the U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Former Lafayette County coroner Lonnie Weaver has qualified to run in November to regain the position he resigned from last year after pleading guilty to embezzling funds from the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiners Association. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Local schools, Lafayette County, Oxford and Water Valley school districts are well above the state percentage of passing scores in most testing areas. But all three districts along with all other districts in the state continue to struggle with reading scores. Statewide results were released today. Oxford Superintendent said that “There is always room for improvement.” (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)