To the world he was an author but for many in Oxford he was something more: friend and teacher, a fisherman and a dad. Writer Barry Hannah died on Monday afternoon of natural causes, according to the Lafayette County coroner, at his home in Oxford. It was just weeks shy of his 68th birthday and days before his work and life were to be honored at the 17th annual Oxford Conference on the Book.
Brandon Niemeyer contributed to this report. (March 2, 2010, Page 1)
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)
On Saturday, a half-marathon and 5K run, Run4Hope, will be held in Oxford to benefit Camp Hopewell’s diabetes camp. More than 600 runners have already signed up for the race and organizers another 100 to join as walk-ins on Saturday. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)
A car ended up in the lake at Wellsgate Thursday after a juvenile lost control of his vehicle during an alleged drag race around the subdivision against a man in another vehicle. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)
A lawsuit against the governing organization of the local Head Start program is set for trial next month.
Mary Luster-Johnson and her attorneys, Waide and Associates of Tupelo, filed the suit in the Lafayette County Circuit Court in 2008, claiming she was fired for complaining to the Institute of Community Services of Holly Springs — which operated the Head Start program in Oxford — that the director of the Oxford program, Linda McAdory, was misusing funds. (February 26, 2010, Page 2A)
The Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau has released its full music lineup for the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival on April 24. Along with headliners Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, music acts will include: the Felice Brothers, Jimbo Mathus, Mayhem String Band, Those Darlin’s, Young Buffalo, Captain Midnight, Group Fantasma, Cornmeal, Wiley and the Checkmates, My Name is John Michael, A.A. Bondy, American Aquarium and Machine Gun Kelley & the G-Men. For more details on music, food, art and other plans, visit the festival’s newly redesigned web site. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)
Patients who need an MRI but may be afraid of closed-in spaces will now be able to get the diagnosis they need in comfort, thanks to the purchase of the new Siemens Espree open-bore MRI at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s Oxford Diagnostic Center. (February 25, 2010, Page 12)
The FBI will hold a Citizen’s Academy in May for education, business, labor, media, minority, government, religious and community leaders in Oxford who are interested in federal law enforcement issues and challenges. (February 25, 2010, Page 1)
For the last 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have changed with the times but have remained true to their basic fundamental values. Boy Scouts still work to earn merit badges in more than 120 areas including first-aid, camping and astronomy, as they have done since their conception 100 years ago. (February 24, 2010, Page 1)