After getting a second chance to prevent hundreds of their jobs from moving from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford, Olin Corp. union workers again rejected a contract with the company. The vote Tuesday appears to make it far more likely that some 900 jobs will be relocated to Oxford during the next five years. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)
Burn ban still in effect
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to extend the county’s burn ban until its next meeting in December at the request of Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Last month, Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state-wide burn ban which supersedes the county’s. However, Johnson said if the governor decided to remove the ban, he felt the county was still too dry to remove its ban.
The National Weather Service forecasts rain today through Wednesday. The board granted Johnson the ability to rescind the ban on the recommendation of the Mississippi Forestry Commission if conditions improve before the next board meeting.
The board also voted to allow the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department to advertise for bids on a new storage facility at Johnson’s request.
Sheriff’s Department new computers
The board voted to approve the purchase of six laptops of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department that will be placed inside patrol vehicles. It will also allow deputies to be connected to the CAD system and the LCSD record system.
The county received a $65,000 grant from the Department of Public Safety for the purchase of the equipment for the software and the laptops.
Homeland security grants
The board voted to allow Tisaby & Associates to assess the county’s fire department, sheriff’s department and EMS services to see if any or all would be entitled to federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The company would not be paid by the county but would receive grant administration fees from the government.
The Board of Supervisors met with the Oxford Board of Aldermen in executive session after the board’s regular meeting Monday to discuss the future of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
In August 2009, Baptist announced its plans to replace the current hospital with a new $300 million regional referral center. The corporation is requesting to purchase the existing facility and buy its way out of a lease with the city and county, which currently own the hospital. That lease isn’t set to expire until 2034.
The new facility is expected to cost about $300 million and will provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art environment that will accommodate future health care technology.
The two boards agreed to meet again at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in executive session, which means the meeting is closed to the public.
No other action was taken. (November 2, 2010, Page 2)
The Lafayette County School Board is considering turning away from traditional class scheduling and implementing a block schedule at the high school.
On Monday, the board voted to allow Lafayette High School principal Rodney Flowers to make a formal presentation at the Dec. 7 meeting.
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.
Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.
Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.
“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.
But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.
All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.
There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)
The Wellsgate Owners Association sponsored a scarecrow contest which wielded three winners on Sunday. The Ol’ Man River by 7-year-old Catherine Creekmore won $100 for first place; Shelby Proudfoote (of the shire) by Sam Davis won $50 for second place and Panty Thief by Janie and Joe Byrd won $25 for third place. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Lafayette County Board of Supervisors
Monday, 9 a.m.
Lafayette County Chancery Building
1. Call to order
2. Approve agenda
3. Approval of the minutes from the October meeting
4. Approve claims docket
5. Approve manual checks and utilities and debt service payments
1. Approve Order of the Board of Supervisors authorizing the transfer of $12,000 additional LSBP funds to complete project LSBP-36. (Larry Britt)
2. Approve pay application No. 2 in the amount of $8,815 to D. Carroll Construction for Four-mile Branch project. (Larry Britt)
3. Approve pay application No. 2 in the amount of $30,040 to D. Carroll Construction for Toby Davidson Creek project. (Larry Britt)
4. Road manager’s report. (Jerry Haynie)
5. Spread on the minutes the hiring of road department employee James Stone at $2,200 per month. (Jerry Haynie)
6. Approval request for September 2010 Solid Waste Write-offs. (Bobby Jones)
7. Spread on the minutes the hiring of solid waste employee Kerry Delbridge at $2,100 per month. (Bobby Jones)
8. Volunteer Fire Department update. (Jerry Johnson)
9. United Way presentation by Kathy Sukanek. (Joseph Johnson)
10. Approve payment of $40 for Clerk of Board’s attendance at Oct. 4 meeting. (Sherry Wall)
11. Approve payment of $4,205 to Circuit Clerk for Circuit Court costs. (Mary Alice Busby)
12. Training request for Sheriff East to attend the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association 2010 Winter Conference in Choctaw for travel expenses only. (Sheriff East)
13. Approve budget transfer in the amount of $64,037 to Sheriff Department for COPS technology grant expenditures. (Joseph Johnson)
14. Approve request for sole source purchase of Global Software products for COPS Technology grant at a cost of $36,220. (Joseph Johnson)
15. Approve deletion of fixed assets from Chancery Clerk and sheriff’s departments. (Joseph Johnson)
16. Spread on the minutes the Veteran’s Day holiday, Nov. 11. (Joseph Johnson)
17. Spread on the minutes the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25 and 26 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)
18. Spread on the minutes the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 and Dec. 27 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)
19. Spread on the minutes the New Year’s holiday Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)
20. Approval to purchase three service trucks at State Contract price for Road Department. (Joseph Johnson)
21. Approval to purchase six police vehicles at State Contract price for Sheriff’s Department. (Joseph Johnson)
22. Approve personnel budget amendment for Solid Waste to include vacant position omitted from budget. (Joseph Johnson)
23. Approve no cost letter of intent with Tisaby & Associates for possible grant proposal. (Joseph Johnson)
24. Spread on the minutes the 2010 County Fire Funding Compliance form. (Joseph Johnson)
25. Approve renewal contract for Cafeteria Plan Administration between Southern Administrators and Benefit Consultants Inc. and Lafayette County. (Joseph Johnson)
26. Approve renewal contract for detention center spent cooking oil removal with Griffin Industries Inc. (Joseph Johnson)
27. Approve transfer of surplus funds from Allied building and Courthouse renovation funds to General County. (Joseph Johnson)
28. Consider accepting bid for the sale of five backhoes. (Joseph Johnson)
29. Consider accepting bid for the sale of one excavator. (Joseph Johnson)
30. Consider accepting bid for the sale of one bulldozer. (Joseph Johnson)
31. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of five backhoes. (Joseph Johnson)
32. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one excavator. (Joseph Johnson)
33. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one bulldozer. (Joseph Johnson)
34. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one asphalt paver. (Joseph Johnson)
35. Consider accepting bid for the general depository. (Joseph Johnson)
36. Approve DHS employee Marlayna Blissett as receiving clerk. (Joseph Johnson)
37. Consider executive session. (Lloyd Oliphant)
38. Adjourn/recess (October 29, 2010)
If the outcome of an election can be based on the amount of friends someone has on a Facebook page, the race for Lafayette County coroner seems neck-and-neck.
Rocky Kennedy, currently serving as the county’s interim coroner, has 267 “friends” on his “Rocky Kennedy for Coroner” Facebook page, while Richard Shivers has 262 on his Facebook page.
Lafayette County voters will decide Tuesday who the next county coroner will be: Kennedy, Shivers or Lonnie Weaver. (October 29, 2010, Page 1A)
Four Oxford men have been arrested and charged with committing several burglaries in the city of Oxford and Lafayette County.
On Oct. 5, a deputy responded to a burglary at a home off Old Highway 7 North, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Scott Mills said. While the deputy was interviewing the victims, he obtained information about the suspects and their vehicle.
A short time later, a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle that matched the description and searched the vehicle where he found stolen items from the burglary on Old Highway 7 North.
Arrested were Steven Obermeier, 19, Lee Earnest Liggins, 23, Shawntez D’Angelo Draper, 19, and Corey Terrell Moody, 21, all of Oxford. (October 28, 2010, Page 2)