Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley kicked off a “Connecting Rural North Mississippi” tour Thursday in Harmontown where he met with about 170 residents inside of the Harmontown Baptist Church to listen to their complaints in regards to a lack of cell phone coverage in the area. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)
Mary Katherine Perry is working with local churches to help feed thousands in Kenya but to complete it they need help. About $20,000 is needed before the Feb. 25 and 26 at Ole Miss. A fundraiser will be held Feb. 16 at the Library Bar & Grill for $10. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)
Last year’s inaugural Run For Hope Half Marathon and 5K Run attracted more than 600 participants and was a community-wide affair that benefits camps for youngsters with diabetes and cancer at Camp Hopewell. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at plans underway for this year’s event, set for Feb. 26. For more information, check out the race website at www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)
Dr. Beth Coe writes to commend and thank the East St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church choir for its performance at the recent memorial service for Cora Jordan. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)
The replacement of three bridges on Highway 331 in the Yocona/Tula area are coming to an end, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation officials. The total cost of the project was $3,771,450. (January 27, 2011, Page 1)
Todd Liddell was named District Teacher of the Year for Oxford School District and Sherry Nelson was named for Lafayette School District. (January 27, 2011, Page 1)
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates that he’s been able to keep one — reading more — for a while now although he is looking for a new author to read since he’s gone through all of the books of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)
Charles and MaryJane Dollar write to comment on the low turnout and lack of local officials at the recent Martin Luther King birthday celebration, while Peggy Nance writes to relate her story of a kind unnamed citizen who makes her feel good about her new hometown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)
An Oxford man has been arrested for allegedly shooting at a car at the Shell gas station on Highway 6.
Kevin Dunn, 24, was charged with aggravated assault.
Officers were dispatched to the Shell station in reference to shots being fired. Two cars were involved and shots were fired at or from both vehicles, according to the report. No one was injured. (January 26, 2011, Page 2)
Two local teens were awarded Youth Character Awards during the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association’s annual awards banquet last night at the National Guard Armory. Receiving the awards were Mikayla Patterson, 13, and eighth-grader and Lafayette Middle School and Robert Liggins, 17, a junior at Oxford High School. (January 26, 2011, Page 2)