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Lafayette County

Tax sale nets county nearly $500,000

During this year’s tax sale Aug. 30, the county took 917 parcels to the sale and collected $490,000, compared to last year’s sale, when 977 parcels were sold for $338,000.

The sign of troublesome economic times is evident at the yearly tax sales. While there wasn’t much of a difference between 2009 and 2010, there was a big jump from the 2008 tax sale when 517 parcels sold for $172,612. (September 7, 2010, Page 1)

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    Community’s jobless rate drops in July

    Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)

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      Officials try again to remove pesky voting printers

      After being shot down two years ago, officials from the Circuit Clerk’s Office and the Election Commission will try again to get the troublesome printers removed from the back of touch-screen electronic voting machines during Tuesday’s meeting of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. (September 3, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Sunday alcohol sales debated

        More than 120 people gathered Thursday to share their opinions on Sunday alcohol sales, showing the Alcohol Task Force that the community remains mostly divided over the issue. Those against the sales are primarily concerned over college students rowdiness and those for it mostly focus on the economic benefit it could bring to Oxford. (September 3, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Search widens for panty perp

          Since July, a panty raider has been on the loose in the city of Oxford, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables. Now, the perpertrator has extended his unusual crime spree beyond the city by targeting Lafayette County women as well. (September 2, 2010, Page 1)

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            United Way targets specific needs

            After months of meeting separately, members of the three study groups that made up the United Way Transition Committee came together Wednesday to discuss which issues facing local citizens they want to tackle first. The committee narrowed down the list to five projects they say will best address the main issues facing each group. (September 2, 2010, Page 1)

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              Tourism Council OKs 2011 grant rules

              The community grant program through the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau was approved for the upcoming year. Applicants are eligible if the event will promote at least 10 hotel nights, promote the event outside the county and take place between Sept. 1, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2011.

               (September 2, 2010, Page 2)

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                Murder suspect gets more time for trial

                A man accused of killing Lafayette County father and son last year will get more time to prepare for his trial on two counts of capital murder. Caleb Corrothers, 27, was granted a March trial by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth during a hearing last week. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Drug Court oversight changes

                  Lafayette County no longer to serve as administrator: Despite a plea by the Lafayette County supervisors for a second chance to be the lead county for the 3rd District Drug Court, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth said Union County will take the responsibility for administering federal funds for the program. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Free smoke detectors available

                    The use of smoke detectors is the no. 1 line of defense against being killed in a house fire. To make sure everyone in Oxford and Lafayette County is protected, the Layfayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Oxford Fire Department are offering smoke detectors to those who qualify thanks of the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s free smoke alarm program. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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