The graduates of Lafayette and Oxford high schools celebrated over the weekend as their journey through grade school came to a close.
Both graduation ceremonies were held at C.M. “Tad” Coliseum on the University of Mississippi campus; Lafayette ’s was held Friday night and Oxford’s was on Saturday afternoon. (May 24, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office are joining with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the 2010 Click It of Ticket campaign which begins Monday and runs through June 6. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A)
Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)
Members of the 2010 Leadership Lafayette Class are working on three different projects designed to improve the community. One group wants to help provide children from low-income families with easy-to-prepare meals they can make themselves while at home on the weekends. Another group is working on renovating some of the gardens at Rowan Oak, and the third group is working with local restaurants to promote some of the healthier meals available at these businesses. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A)
After being open for two days, 18 storm victims have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville, according to FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. About 13 have also registered for emergency relief services online, Bafalis said. Federal and state programs have been made available for those who have registered. (May 20, 2010, Page 1)
A fifth suspect in the beating death of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Douglas Wayne Jones, 21, of Oxford was picked up by U.S. Marshals in Lousiana on Monday afternoon. (May 18, 2010, Page 1)
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law freezing the number of representatives in the U.S. House will be able to argue their case before three U.S. federal judges in Oxford later this month. (May 18, 2010, Page 2)
Several homes were flooded after a thunderstorm Sunday evening brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to the Oxford area within an hour and more than 6 inches in a three-hour period. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A, 3A)
With President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration for several north Mississippi counties on Friday, disaster assistance is now available for those who suffered damages or losses due to the severe weather and tornado outbreak on May 2 that left six dead, including an Abbeville woman. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A)
During a memorial service Friday, representatives from local law enforcement agencies reported no police officers had died in the line of duty in 2009 in the community.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Anthony Granderson, unfortunately, could not do the same.
“Master Sgt. Steve Hood died in the line of duty on May 29, 2009, during a high speed chase,” Granderson reported. (May 17, 2010, Page 8A)