The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold all future negotiations between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials in open, public meetings.
Supervisor Mike Pickens made the motion, claiming recent information released to the public through the media had been inaccurate.
The vote passed unanimously to hold all negotiations with Baptist in an open forum unless advised to do so otherwise by board attorney David O’Donnell. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
The local chapter of the American Red Cross is asking community members to “adopt” a fire family for $1,200 which will cover shelter, clothing and food for one family of four for a few days during its Friends of Fire Families campaign that runs through January.
The Lafayette County-based Red Cross chapter recently lost national funding to help families who are burned out of their homes. For more information on the program or to donate money, call 236-1282. (December 6, 2010, Page 3A)
For the second time this year, Arseniy Parshikov’s custom car stereo installment business has fallen victim to burglars who have stolen thousands of dollars in stereo equipment.
Sometime on Sunday, someone broke into Bump in Da Trunk, located on College Hill Switch, and stole $10,000 to $15,000 worth of electronics, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigator Scott Hill said. Because of the “insanity,” Parshikov said he has decided to close the doors to his car audio and video equipment businesses and become a mobile business. (December 3, 2010, Page 2A)
The regular meeting of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lafayette County Chancery Building. This week’s agenda includes discussion about the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi move and a report from the United Way. See Page 5B for the entire agenda. (December 3, 2010, Page 5A)
After 15 years of serving eclectic, but always delicious dishes, the Yocona In Exile restaurant — previously Yocona River Inn — will close its doors this weekend.
Yocona in Exile was opened in Abbeville after a fire in the spring of 2009 destroyed the original restaurant, Yocona River Inn. Osborn relocated her restaurant and renamed it when she reopened it a year ago in Abbeville. The new restaurant gave the downtown area of the tiny town a spark of new life. (December 2, 2010, Page 2A)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s investigators were kept hopping last year as home burglaries increased rapidly throughout the holiday season.
Investigator Scott Mills said while less burglaries have occurred in the county compared to this time last year, he expects things to pick up quickly. Many of the recent burglaries show some signs of semblance, however Mills said he and the other investigators aren’t sure they are all related. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
A strong storm cell that wreaked havoc in some parts of Mississippi took it easier on Lafayette County, according to emergency management officials.
No local reports have been made of damage due to the high winds associated with Monday night’s storm, said Oxford Emergency Coordinator Jimmy Allgood.
In Lafayette County, Emergency Coordinator David Shaw said his office received a few reports of some trees being blown down. (November 30, 2010, Page 1)
After the local unemployment rate dropped for a couple of months late this summer, the percentage of jobless workers In Lafayette County has been inching up the past two months. For October, the county recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, or two-tenths of a percentage point higher than September’s jobless rate of 7.1 percent. (November 29, 2010, Page 6A)
In an effort to clear backlog, the Mississippi Department of Revenue has filed 2,500 notices of tax liens in Lafayette County in the last several weeks. (November 19, 2010, Page 2A)
With his big eyes, surrounded by the kind of eye lashes most girls would envy, and his big dimpled smile, Jeremy Michael Barber earned the nickname “Gerber Baby,” during his years at Water Valley High School.
Barber, who went by his middle name Michael, died on Sunday after losing control of his vehicle while driving home from a party Saturday night on Highway 32 in Water Valley. He was 19 years old. (November 16, 2010, Page 2A)