Lafayette County volunteer firefighters got a little help staying cool from the Mississippi Forestry Commission recently.
Thanks to a grant from the commission, the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department received 20 “ready kits,” which contain a Nomex yellow coverall suit, wildland Bullard helmet, Nomex flame-resistant neck shroud, headlamp, gloves and safety glasses all packed into a yellow tote bag. (August 9, 2010, Page 3)
Employment at Oxford’s Winchester ammunition-making plant may grow by 1,000 jobs over the next thee to five years if the Olin Corp., an East Alton, Ill.-based company, decides to move its Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operation here. A report from East Alton says the company is considering moving the jobs to Oxford. (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)
Charges against a man who allegedly molested a minor under the age of 15 more than 20 years ago have been dismissed.
See all of July’s court term results in today’s EAGLE. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)
With the former occupants in prison, two homes that were left empty burned down early this morning on County Road 250.
Firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 49 CR 250 at about 4:54 this morning where they discovered a wood house and a mobile home on fire. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)
The parents of several minors who allegedly faked a wreck have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, according to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
The staged “wreck” took place in August 2008 in Lafayette County, allegedly involving two vehicles and several minors. The minors have not been charged. (August 4, 2010, Page 2)
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors banned the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana for the entire county, which included inside the city limits.
Just to make sure the message is clear, the Oxford Board of Aldermen are also considering an ordinance banning the fake marijuana that’s known by several brand names, including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
The Whirlpool Corporation got a $6 million assessment break Monday morning when the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to cut the tax assessment of the building and land down from $13 million to $7,750,000. (August 3, 2010, Page 1)
It’s not your imagination — it’s hot.
In fact, it’s really hot.
According to the National Weather Service, this summer has been the hottest summer since 1953. The hottest summer was 1952, followed by 1943, 1934 and 1953. (July 30, 2010, Page 5A)
A United Way committee is looking at ways to improve early childhood education in Oxford and Lafayette County. Accessibility to free or affordable preschools for all Lafayette County children is one area the committee is examining.
Close to 50 charities in the community are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don’t file tax returns by Oct. 15, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)