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Lafayette County

First-time fundraisers succeed

While the country gradually bounces back from the recession, local community members have proven that the needs of the many sometimes do outweigh the needs of the few. (November 10, 2010, Page 3)

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    New plant to boost economy

    When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)

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      Saluting our vets

      Several Veterans Day events are planned in the community to honor those who served their country. Read about these events in today’s Oxford EAGLE.

       (November 9, 2010, Page 1)

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        Boy Scout builds fence for veterans

        John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Family comes forward to claim woman’s body

          The body of a woman labeled a pauper at last week’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting has been claimed and put to rest by family members in Bruce.

          Natalie “Nikki” Coleman was buried in Bruce Saturday in a family burial plot.

          Coleman was found dead in her University Arbors apartment on Oct. 28. On Monday, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy told supervisors he could not locate family to pay for Coleman’s cremation. The board approved to foot the bill under the county’s Pauper Burial policy. (November 8, 2010, Page 2A)

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            Retiring judge honored

            The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.

            He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31.  About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Narcotics agents hope to keep new ‘legal’ drug out of Oxford

              Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.

              Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.

              Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.

              “We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.

              The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.

              “They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)

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                Oxford gets 1,000 jobs

                The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Burn bans lifted in state, county

                  Gov. Haley Barbour lifted a statewide burn ban Wednesday after heavy rains soaked much of the state.

                  Following suit, Lafayette County has also lifted its burn ban as of this morning, according to Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.

                  Johnson was granted permission by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last month to lift the ban when he and the Mississippi Forestry Commission felt it was safe to do so.

                  Johnson said he spoke with the Forestry Commission this morning and they were agreement to lift the ban this morning in the county. (November 4, 2010, Page 2)

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                    Local voters turnout to show support

                    While the wet weather was blamed for keeping voter turnout low in other part of Mississippi, area voters were determined to cast their votes despite the storms.

                    More than 44 percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s mid-term election.

                    “That’s pretty high for a midterm election,” said Circuit Court Clerk Mary Alice Busby after all the ballots were in last night.

                    Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill said no major problems were reported at the precincts other than some long lines. (November 3, 2010, Page 12)

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