In a troubling sign of how sluggish the building market is in the community, the Lafayette County Planning Commission hasn’t met since September. The commission canceled its meetings in October and November due to a lack of cases to review. December’s meeting, set for Dec. 28, has no new subdivision plans on the agenda.
However, residential building is slightly up in the city of Oxford. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
Winning the Oxford Police Department’s Officer of the Year is not only an honor for Lt. Chris Robertson, he believes it’s one of the highest honors a police officer can hope to gain.
Robertson was given the award last week during OPD’s annual Christmas party and awards banquet. He was one of several awards given out that evening. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
The national “Over the limit. Under arrest” campaign kicked off Thursday with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies joining together to crack down on impaired driving.
The blitz will continue through Jan. 3. MHP will deploy extra manpower on Mississippi’s highways and set up checkpoints to stop drunk driving. The Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department will be working along side of MHP to make sure the roads are safe in the city and the county. (December 20, 2010, Page 1)
With dozens of schools closing in neighboring north Mississippi counties due to icy roadways and two weather-related deaths reported this morning, Lafayette County was spared the worst of the dangerous wintry mix this morning. Lafayette County Road Manager Jerry Haynie and his road crew took to the roads at 5 this morning checking for icy accumulations on county roads.
The temperature hung around 32 degrees this morning, causing some icy patches to form on local roads, but not enough to cause traffic problems in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation noted bridges in Lafayette County were starting to ice over at 7 this morning on its website, wwwgomdot.com. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Lithuanian contemporary dancer, Denisas Kolonychis, will perform at The Powerhouse tonight at 7 p.m. There is no charge however, a donation to the arts is appreciated. (December 14, 2010, Page 3)
The Oxford Planning Commission reconsidered and approved a variance Monday to the owners of Oxford East Shopping Center that will allow them to plant fewer trees in the parking lot than required in the city’s landscaping ordinance and granted a parking lot variance to Rainbow Cleaners, allowing them to have fewer parking spaces at its new spot than required in the city ordinance since most of the traffic is short term and the drive-through window reduces the need for parking. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Pantry, an emergency food bank in Oxford, is feeling the effects of economy and is needing the community’s help to keep up with the growing demand of serving needy families in Oxford. The Pantry has had to cut back on how much food, and the types of food, it is giving to the needy.
Food donations may be brought to The Pantry on Tuesday after 8 a.m. or Call Gene Hartley at 234-2773 for special arrangements. Monetary donations may be mailed to: The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford MS 38655. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
An FBI agent in Oxford claims a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger made false statements against him in a book they wrote about the judicial bribery scandal involving former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
Oxford attorney Christi McCoy filed the suit on Dec. 2 in Lafayette County Circuit Court on behalf of her client, Philip Halbert “Hal” Neilson.
The suit names authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and the publishing company, The Pediment Group, and claims in the book, “King of Torts,” Dawson, a retired U.S. assistant attorney, lied and made slanderous statements about Neilson in his book in retaliation for Neilson filing an official complaint against Dawson in 2001. (December 10, 2010, Page 2A)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit has arrested 21 people in the past six weeks on various drug-related charges. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into drug sales in the community. Nine of those arrested were University of Mississippi students, according to the Narcotics Unit.
See the list of names of those arrested in today’s EAGLE. (December 9, 2010, Page 2)