A Macomb, Mich., judge recently removed a juror, required her to write an essay and fined her $250 for commenting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. The judge sent a definite message, but there’s also another one there – people should be aware of the problems they can get into by posting photos and texts on social network sites. Editor Don Whitten writes about how searches of those sites can affect potential employees or those seeking advancement. (September 9, 2010, Page 4)
If county officials agree to help, the Oxford Park Commission is hoping to build the largest community tennis facility in Mississippi.
OPC Director Rob Boyd asked the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to consider chipping in $1.5 million with the city of Oxford to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility from 12 to 24 courts. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
Local law enforcement agencies reported a busy but typical game day weekend with more than 55 arrests in the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi combined.
OPD had four mounted police officers controlling crowds on the Square during the game weekend, along with eight officers who were on foot patrol. Around midnight, those officers were also joined by several patrol officers coming to help as the bars closed and masses of party-goers walked out onto the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 2)
The number of students attending Lafayette County schools continues to grow, Superintendent Mike Foster said.
Foster reported the early enrollment numbers Tuesday to the members of the Lafayette County School Board. The report notes the district has 65 more students this year compared to last school year. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
11th street will now be pedestrian only at night and commercial parking by day after the Board of Aldermen approved to allow Oxford Police Department to close the street on a trial basis between now and Christmas. The street will be closed to cars from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other commercial parking changes will now occur on the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
The new high school location is down to two possible spaces from the original five that the Oxford School District originally considered. While the two sites were not made public at Tuesday’s Rotary Club, the district is moving closer in negotiations to picking the right spot. The school will be able to purchase the site if the new bond referendum passes on Oct. 26 with at least 60 percent of the vote. Voters will choose whether the district can have a $30 million dollar bond. (September 8, 2010, Page 3)
Pathways Phase II once again stalled after bids for the project came back much higher than expected. The commission and engineers will work to revisit the plans with Mississippi Department of Transportation before rebidding out the project. (September 8, 2010, Page 3)
Gone, for the most part, are the days when every item in a grocery store had a sticky little price tag for the checker to read. But now, with bar codes and such, there’s still a need to “know” all of the different vegetables and fruits. Editor Don Whitten expresses amazement at the knowledge of all of the produce that grocery store checkers have these days. (September 8, 2010, Page 4)
No one may never know what Carol “Jeanne” Zinn was thinking Friday when she tried to stop a car with a small boy inside from rolling into the road, although it’s safe to assume she was only concerned about the child’s safety.
Zinn, who’s owned Star Package Store for 18 years along with her husband, was outside of the package store at about 5 p.m. Friday when a family friend got out of their vehicle, leaving the car in reverse. The car started to roll backward into Depot Street. A small child was still in the car … (September 7, 2010, Page 2)
During this year’s tax sale Aug. 30, the county took 917 parcels to the sale and collected $490,000, compared to last year’s sale, when 977 parcels were sold for $338,000.
The sign of troublesome economic times is evident at the yearly tax sales. While there wasn’t much of a difference between 2009 and 2010, there was a big jump from the 2008 tax sale when 517 parcels sold for $172,612. (September 7, 2010, Page 1)