Despite the fact the heat wasn’t working yet, members of the Abbeville Board of Alderman and Mayor Betsy Aloway held their regular meeting in the town’s newly built Town Hall for the first time Thursday night.
Construction began on the new building in early 2010 after the original building was torn down due to termite damage. Abbeville received a $100,000 grant in 2009 from the Mississippi Development Authority for the project. (January 7, 2011, Page 1A)
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)
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)