Lafayette County Tax Assessor/Collector Martha Thornton said, after 36 years, it’s time for new blood in the tax assessors’ office.
Thornton, who has served Lafayette County as its tax assessor and collector since 2000, will not be seeking reelection in this year’s county elections.
See a listing of all those who have filed qualifying papers for the 2011 county elections in today’s EAGLE. (January 31, 2011, Page 1)
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley kicked off a “Connecting Rural North Mississippi” tour Thursday in Harmontown where he met with about 170 residents inside of the Harmontown Baptist Church to listen to their complaints in regards to a lack of cell phone coverage in the area. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)
The replacement of three bridges on Highway 331 in the Yocona/Tula area are coming to an end, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation officials. The total cost of the project was $3,771,450. (January 27, 2011, Page 1)
Two local teens were awarded Youth Character Awards during the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association’s annual awards banquet last night at the National Guard Armory. Receiving the awards were Mikayla Patterson, 13, and eighth-grader and Lafayette Middle School and Robert Liggins, 17, a junior at Oxford High School. (January 26, 2011, Page 2)
University Police Department’s Jane Tutor took home the award for Officer of the Year last night during the annual awards banquet of the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. Tutor, captain of investigations, has been with UPD since 2003. Winning the award for Support Personnel of the Year was Angie Hughes, a 911 dispatcher with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years.
In a surprise move, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday at an informational public hearing to move forward with negotiations with officials from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford.
After an hour-plus presentation by Dick Cowart, legal counsel for Baptist, and a round of questions from the standing-room-only audience, Supervisor Mike Pickens made a motion to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital to allow the hospital corporation to buy out of the original lease it had with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County for about $60 million. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
An Abbeville woman pleaded guilty in the death of her infant child and an Oxford man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife in two separate manslaughter cases. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
More than 600 people signed up earlier this month for the new health initiative, “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” Many of those same people took advantage of the free hour-long ballroom dancing session offered for those participating in the program Thursday evening at the Oxford Conference Center. The five-month long program will feature special exercise programs and speakers like Patrick House, the winner of season 10 Biggest Loser who be in Oxford Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. Priority seating goes to those in the program, however the doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the general public. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)
Several parents expressed their concerns Tuesday with Lafayette High School officials considering implementing a four-by-four block schedule next school year.
Lafayette County School Board officials were present at the meeting held at the Lafayette Middle School to hear the parents’ reactions and questions about the new class scheduling system.
On Tuesday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution of intention authorizing and approving the county to receive a loan for $6 million from the Mississippi Development Authority for the purpose of land development and infrastructure for the 500,000-square foot plant Olin Corp. will build next to the existing Winchester plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park.
A legal ad in Tuesday’s EAGLE also asked for subcontractors to qualify to be prospective bidders for a slew of construction jobs at the new plant. (January 19, 2011, Page 1)