In the first four months of 2010, Lafayette County’s unemployment rate has dropped from 10.3 percent in January to 8.2 percent in April, according to a new jobs report. (May 28, 2010, Page 5A)
A recent meeting between city, county and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials was hailed as a positive meeting of the minds, albeit just one of many needed before the hospital’s future can be determined. (May 27, 2010, Page 1)
Building may not be booming, but it’s far from a bust. Permits for new construction in the city of Oxford have doubled since the first of the year, leading city officials to feel slightly more optimistic about the resurgence in the local economy. (May 26, 2010, Page 1a, 2a)
Details are limited in the arrest of a former Oxford businessman who was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service on Wednesday and extradited to Tennessee.
Patrick E. Clark, 40, was discovered in New Albany by U.S. Marshals and brought to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he remained until the weekend.
The trial date for Oxford restaurant owner David Moore, who is accused of drugging a female customer before sexually battering her, has been continued pending blood tests. (May 19, 2010, Page 2)
A hearing is set for June 1 on extending alcohol sales to Sundays. The proposal was presented to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday as a three-step process to Sunday sales. The public hearing comes after a 10-month debate on the emotional measure. (May 19, 2010, Page 1, 8)
With the approval of its reorganization plan, Belk Properties LLC can now partner with an investment company to help finish Phase 1 of the Vieux Carré project, located on the corner of North Lamar Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue on the Square. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A)
Associated Press editors from Louisiana and Mississippi honored The Oxford EAGLE with 10 awards Friday during their annual meeting at the Capital Club in Jackson. The meeting of the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors is held to recognize the best work of 2009. (May 17, 2010, Page 5A)
With President Barack Obama’s declaring Mississippi a disaster area after storms wrecked havoc on several counties in April, farmers in Lafayette County are now eligible for emergency loans. (May 13, 2010, Page 2A)
Two new boutique hotels were approved by the Oxford Planning Commission on Monday – despite concerns about both proposed projects. Developers of the new University Hotel want to build their project next door to Sneed’s Ace Hardware on University Avenue. A second hotel was approved for Jefferson Avenue but the parking lot for the hotel was postponed until more information can be obtained.
- UPDATE: The Jefferson Avenue hotel project received approval for the certificate of appropriateness through the Oxford Historic Commission on Tuesday despite continued complaints from residents of the neighborhood. (May 11, 2010, Page 1)