Plans to build a Veterans Memorial Park are finally starting to take hold, thanks to the hard work and dedication of local veteran organization members. It’s located on Veteran’s Drive, between South Lamar Boulevard and Highway 7. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)
The family of Joseph Ja-mel “JJ” Ivy is asking for donations to help with medical expenses after Ivy was critically injured in a one-car wreck Monday on Clear Creek Road. (March 10, 2010, Page 2)
The rivalry between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University is in full swing this month, although this time the two universities won’t be competing for an Egg Bowl trophy. Instead, they will be competing to see who can raise the most money to help cure cancer. This year there will be two Relay for Life events: One for the university on April 9, and a community event is set for April 30. (March 9, 2010, Page 1)
Since Thursday, Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Chief Larry McKinney has lost count on the exact numbers of brush, wood and tree fires in the county.
“It was around 10 to 15 fires we responded to through Sunday,” McKinney said. They’ve been common lately thanks to dry leaves and dead grass as people burn off brush piles. (March 9, 2010, Page 1)
A Friday afternoon wreck involving an all-terrain vehicle has left a father and his teenage daughter fighting for their lives.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene on County Road 309 at about 1:30 p.m., on Friday. The father and daughter, from Wisconsin, where visiting family to attend a funeral on the weekend. (March 8, 2010, Page 1A)
The race for Third District Circuit Court is heating up with three more attorneys qualifying for the November election: John A. Gregory, Dave Rozier and Kent A. Smith. Local voters will decide who will get a judicial seat in the Third District Circuit Court, which covers seven counties — Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah and Union. Currently there are three seats for the Third Circuit. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved new subdivision regulations aimed to help protect the county against developers who fail to complete infrastructure inside subdivisions. (March 4, 2010, Page 5)
A conceptual plan was developed for the Lafayette County Industrial Park that shows some suggestions for landscaping and general cleaning of the area, as well as suggestions on how much land to clear off and how to break up the 100 acres currently available into smaller parcels in an effort to attract more industry to the area. (March 2, 2010, Page 1)
A new city hall and several new businesses are bringing a mini-boom to downtown Abbeville. Yocona in Exile and Abbeville Grill are giving the 450 citizens of the town north of Oxford a place to gather and eat. A $100,000 grant is allowing for a new city hall to be built by May, and in the meantime, city leaders want to continue enticing development. (March 1, 2010, Page 1)