The United Way scaled back its fundraising goal in 2008 in expectancy of lower donations due to a failing economy.
In 2007, the goal was $450,000. It was dropped to $425,000 in 2009.
“We blew it out the top, despite a tough economy, and raised $427,000,” campaign chairman Jeff Triplette said at the United Way annual campaign kick-off luncheon on Wednesday. “That was above our goal.”
This year’s goal is $465,000. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics United arrested three people recently for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of other area law enforcement agencies, particularly the University Police Department,” said Agent in Charge Keith Davis.
In the last two weeks, the Narcotics Unit, with the help of UPD officers, visited several local businesses suspected of selling the artificial marijuana, known by several brand names including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. The leafy material is marketed as an incense, although by smoking it, it is said to have similar effects to that of marijuana.
The UPD officers posed as undercover buyers at the establishments. According to Davis, three people were arrested for selling the now-illegal substance. (September 15, 2010, Page 2)
Lafayette County supervisors and Oxford officials met Monday with Mississippi Department of Transportation District Engineer Richard Allen to discuss the future of three area road projects, including the interchange at West Jackson Avenue and Highway 6, and extending West Oxford Loop to FNC Park. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to approve a $43.1 million budget for the 2011 fiscal year.
The board also approved the millage rate at 36.26, which dipped just slightly from 36.27 for the current fiscal year. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
If the sound of a tornado drill immediately gets your blood pumping, you might be a good candidate for the upcoming Basic Storm Spotter Class, presented by meteorologists with the National Weather Service.
The class, free of charge, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Central Station. No registration is required. (September 10, 2010, Page 2A)
While having a phone helps families keep in touch or offers a chance to keep up with friends, it can also be a lifeline in times of an emergency or a crucial need when trying to look for a better job.
To keep everyone connected, the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be traveling around the state next week in recognition of National Lifeline Awareness Week, meeting with citizens to explain the Lifeline program which offers financial help to customers who are struggling to pay their phone bills. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
If county officials agree to help, the Oxford Park Commission is hoping to build the largest community tennis facility in Mississippi.
OPC Director Rob Boyd asked the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to consider chipping in $1.5 million with the city of Oxford to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility from 12 to 24 courts. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
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)
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)
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)