A powerful storm moved through Lafayette County at 2 p.m. yesterday after about 12 hours of other storms throughout the area that damaged homes and businesses and claimed the life of one Oxford man.
The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow with the first of its kind – a ticketed event. Tickets are on sale today for $10 but beginning at 10 am on Friday go up to $15 for the Friday night concert. Saturday’s festival will remain free with art, food and music. (April 28, 2011, Page 2)
People throughout Lafayette County and surrounding areas spent a hectic 24 hours or so dealing with storms, tornadoes and the threat of them, and will now begin dealing with the aftermath and helping those who suffered major damage. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at Tuesday night and Wednesday, and hopes for a long spell without any more days like them. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)
Danielle Grose writes to commend the faculty, staff and students at Lafayette Elementary School for their Tornado Action Plan and how they carried it out Wednesday, while Joanne Wilkinson writes to talk about the wonderful Aluminum Show that capped an excellent season of programming at the Ford Center. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)
A tornado touched down east of Oxford at about 1:50 p.m., damaging several homes and knocking trees down across many roads in this part of Lafayette County. Some reports also have come in regarding residents trapped in their homes. The tornado’s path appears to have started near the Highway 7/9 split, moving northeast to just west of Yocona, and it then proceeded on across Highway 6 East. Houses on county roads 334, 469, 415, 421 and 471 reportedly sustained damage. Power lines have also been blown down. There were so many reports for assistance that emergency crews were requesting additional help to remove trees to allow for emergency vehicles to respond.
See video of damage along Highway 6 and CR 419 below.
(April 27, 2011)
To prepare for the worst, the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Project laid off the majority of its employees after the Secretary of State’s Office issued a “cease and desist” order against the shelter last month. (April 27, 2011, Page 2)
After a day filled with storms and tornado warnings, students in Lafayette County School District will be learning what to do in case of another type of natural disaster Thursday morning.
At 10:15 a.m., students will be practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” in case of an earthquake during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
Oxford School District announced at 12:50 p.m. that they will be keeping the students until the threat of storms is past. There will be no early release.
A 55-year-old Oxford man died this morning after he lost control of his 18-wheeler on Highway 30.
Early reports say the man was traveling east near County Road 257 at about 4 this morning when his tractor trailer hit a fallen pine tree that was in the road. He lost control of the truck and ran off the road. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he was pronounced dead, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, (April 27, 2011)
Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Just ask Janice Carr, whose home and all her belongings were destroyed last week in a fire. Carr, who’s involved in a large number of community-oriented projects and programs, is dealing with the loss, however, as Editor Don Whitten writes in explaining her positive approach to life’s challenges. (April 27, 2011, Page 4)