While students, parents and staff of the Oxford School District celebrated after voters approved a $30 million bond for a new high school and massive capital improvement plan, students, parents and staff of the Lafayette County School District rejoiced over their football team winning the Class 4A state championship game.
Both events were the top news stories during a busy fourth quarter of 2010. (December 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Plans for the new, highly anticipated Olin-Winchester facility were approved unanimously during the Lafayette County Planning Commissions regular meeting Tuesday night. The new facility will be built south of County Road 166, the entrance into the park, and on the west side of the existing facility where land is already being cleared. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.
Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Jack Mayfield takes us down Memory Lane as he recalls Christmases of the past when he spent the holidays with his grandparents in their South Lamar home. Read about his childhood memories in today’s Oxford Living. (December 23, 2010, Page 3B)
Santa will definitely make an appearance at the Adams’ home in Abbeville this year. In fact, about 100 Santa’s are already displayed in their living room. See Katherine Adams winter wonderland in today’s Oxford Living on page 1. (December 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Experts are expecting — and hoping — for a much quieter and healthy flu season in 2011 after the H1N1 swine flu hit pandemic proportions earlier this year.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, there has been 21 lab confirmed cases of the flu in Mississippi since November, however, there’s been no confirmed cases in Lafayette County as of this morning.
This season, the CDC is anticipating three strains of influenza: the H1N1 swine virus; influenza A H3N2 virus and the influenza B virus. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two men they say are responsible for stealing almost $15,000 worth of car audio and video equipment from the local business, Bump in Da Trunk.
Charged with burglary are Blaine Everette Burrell, 18, of Oxford and Kyle McGrath Rogers, 23, who has been living between Oxford and Water Valley in recent months.
In a troubling sign of how sluggish the building market is in the community, the Lafayette County Planning Commission hasn’t met since September. The commission canceled its meetings in October and November due to a lack of cases to review. December’s meeting, set for Dec. 28, has no new subdivision plans on the agenda.
However, residential building is slightly up in the city of Oxford. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
The national “Over the limit. Under arrest” campaign kicked off Thursday with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies joining together to crack down on impaired driving.
The blitz will continue through Jan. 3. MHP will deploy extra manpower on Mississippi’s highways and set up checkpoints to stop drunk driving. The Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department will be working along side of MHP to make sure the roads are safe in the city and the county. (December 20, 2010, Page 1)
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is investigating an illegal dump in Lafayette County where asbestos was found in the rubble of several condemned duplexes that were dumped and buried on property located on County Road 303.
In November, Lafayette County Solid Waste manager Bobby Jones received a complaint the property was being used as an illegal dumping ground for five old condemned duplexes that were torn down and dumped on the property. When Jones went to the property to investigate, he also discovered other construction debris — mattresses, hundreds of tires, concrete, wood, shingles, pipes and other unknown chemical containers.
MDEQ sent a letter to the property owner, Braxton Comer, earlier this month advising him to cease dumping any solid waste at the site immediately and requested him to come to Jackson on Dec. 29 for administration hearing to discuss the allegations. (December 16, 2010, Page 1A)