City and county crews are gearing up to prepare for what could be the worst snow storm since 1988, according to the National Weather Service..
Snow is expected to move into the area around Sunday afternoon, with it getting increasingly heavy after 6 p.m., said meteorologist Ryan Husted with the National Weather Service. About 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected, however, Husted said if snow bands settle on top of Oxford, more than 6 inches could fall in the LOU area. (January 7, 2011, Page 1A)
Stevie Little writes a guest column to tell the story of her family’s move to Oxford and life with their special needs child and sibling, John Milton Little. She writes about how Oxford offers so much for those with special needs and thanks those who’ve played key roles in her son’s life and those of others in need. (January 7, 2011, Page 4A)
Terry Johnson Sr. writes to comment on Gov. Haley Barbour’s recent controversial words and to encourage all of us to connect with someone different and develop meaningful relationships with others from different cultures. (January 7, 2011, Page 4A)
A mid-morning disturbance at a home in Coffeeville Thursday has left a Water Valley resident dead and a man in custody facing the charge of murder. Monica Sayles, 19, of Water Valley was shot and killed by a single .22 caliber gunshot, according to Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys, who was on the scene shortly after the shooting happened. The man charged with killing Sayles is Reginald Martin, 17, of Coffeeville.
According to Humphreys, the two had a 2-year-old child together and were boyfriend and girlfriend. According to information provided through a witness, an argument broke out between the two and Martin shot Sayles. A .22 caliber pistol was found at the scene. The call about the shooting came into dispatchers at 10 a.m. and shortly before noon, Martin was taken into custody by Yalobusha County sheriff deputies.
Humphreys said his department was aided by members of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and officers from Coffeeville. District attorney John Champion also visited Yalobusha County Thursday to help authorities decide Martin’s fate. For more information about the case, see Friday’s EAGLE. (January 6, 2011)
After 24 years of serving Lafayette County as its Circuit Court Clerk, Mary Alice Busby has decided to turn the job over to whomever the voters believe will be the best person for the job. Busby decided she would not seek reelection during the holidays.
However, more than 20 people have already thrown their hats into the election ring in the first 48 hours of the qualification period that began on Monday. (January 6, 2011, Page 1)
Willie A. Canon, 25, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell. Canon pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and simple murder Wednesday at the Lafayette County Courthouse. (January 6, 2011, Page 1)
Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)
Dead birds and dead fish. Coincidence or incidental? That’s the question local columnist Deidra Jackson asks as she talks about a few ongoing stories with widespread coverage and widely varied explanations. Jackson urges us to seek the real truth and also to remember that we’re responsible for taking care of this Earth. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)
A new ordinance to allow the city to fine Square businesses up to $1,000 if they don’t dispose of trash properly is now in effect. (January 5, 2011, Page 3)
New recycling bins to help expand campus recycling will be in place this spring after the city received a $100,000 grant to work with the University of Mississippi. (January 5, 2011, Page 1)