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)
In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.
The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.
The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have made several recent arrests of those they feel are responsible for area burglaries including a break-in at the Lafayette High School field house and several vehicle burglaries in Wellsgate. (August 25, 2010, Page 2)
The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.
The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
Former Lafayette County coroner Lonnie Weaver has qualified to run in November to regain the position he resigned from last year after pleading guilty to embezzling funds from the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiners Association. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)
City joins county in making ‘spice’ illegal. A public hearing was held in City Hall and no proposal was made for or against the substance until Alderman Janice Antonow made a motion to make the ban effective immediately due to health concerns. The ordinance makes the possession, use or sale of any synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor with a possible $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. (August 18, 2010)
Clockmaster Lloyd Larrish has been busy for the past two weeks putting pieces of the courthouse clock together in his hotel room. Thursday citizens Oxford will have a brief time to view the 1870 clock up close before it is lifted upon its base on Friday. Plans for the clock to be fully operational should be Monday or Tuesday of next week. (August 18, 2010, Page 1)
Emergency loans are still available for Lafayette County farmers who lost crops or revenue due to the spring storms that wreaked havoc in several counties. Since Lafayette County is contiguous to the primary natural disaster area, it was designated eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Loan packages can be picked up at the Oxford Farm Service Agency office at 2610 W. Oxford Loop although the loans are processed in Calhoun County. Palmer said a loan officer can often arrange to meet a farmer in Oxford if needed. For more information or to set up appointment, call 234-8701 or 628-8732. (August 11, 2010, Page 2)