Convicted killer Anthony Jenkins is up for parole for the third time. In July 1985, he shot and killed 4-year-old James Neal Freeman, son of Bobby and Debi Freeman of the College Hill area. The Freeman’s are protesting his release and are asking others to send letters protesting his release to the Mississippi Parole Board. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
‘Kringle’s Window’ opens tonight at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Tickets are available for $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
It’s cold out but some tips can help keep your home and yard safe this weekend. National Weather Service expects to see a low of 17 on Sunday and 100 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
The Plus One Program run through the Salvation Army allows for people to donate a dollar or two that they pay with their Oxford Electric bill to service families or individuals who have an emergency month and can’t make their payments. For more information, call 232-2373. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
Due to rising costs, the Oxford University Transit system will cut back hours on the red and blue route in October 2011 and in May will discontinue the orange route that currrently runs on Thacker Road and through the Links Apartments. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
In a polling of the teachers at Lafayette High School, the majority are in favor of the school implementing a four-by-four block schedule.
Principal Rodney Flowers reported Tuesday to the Lafayette County School Board that 25 teachers polled support the change while four teachers were against moving to a block schedule. Eight teachers responded they were neutral about it and might be for it if they had more information.
Four-by-four block scheduling would allow for four, 94-minute periods instead of 7 periods a day. Each year-long class only meets for one semester and each semester class only meets for nine weeks. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
After serving the Lafayette County School District as its superintendent since 2002, Mike Foster will retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31, 2011.
Foster made the announcement Tuesday at the county school board meeting. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
While the Board of Aldermen approved Sunday alcohol sales for on-premise permit holders on Tuesday, supporters should wait to pop the cork to celebrate until Mayor Pat Patterson decides if he will veto the issue. If he does not, than the city must wait for state approval. The board also heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing Sunday off-premise sales from noon to 6 p.m. which means beer and light wine could be sold at convenience stores. The mayor promised to veto the issue if passed. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
BREAKING NEWS — The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 this evening in support of a resolution that will allow on-premise alcohol sales on certain Sundays, such as those after Ole Miss home football games and those Sundays when a holiday falls them, such as Valentine’s Day. Mayor Pat Patterson has two weeks to decide whether he will veto the resolution. If he does not veto the resolution, the board can take the request to the the state Alcoholic Beverage Control board. (December 7, 2010)