Did football move up the start of school? Or did school move up the start of football? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at early-August school days in Mississippi and lists some of the factors in the earlier start to classes these days in reaction to a move by a group called “Save Mississippi Summers” to have classes start later in August or even in September. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)
Tom Hoar writes to respond to a recent letter by Jason Plunk about Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford, noting that arguing “economic development” as the major factor can work both ways. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)
The alleged burglar, Michael Lynn Adams, 40, of Oxford, was later found by Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies and taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he is being held with no bond. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)
Members of three disability rights groups are hoping to gain Oxford’s input Thursday as to the needs and concerns of people with all types of disabilities.
A community “listening event” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Oxford Convention Center. The Disability Partners’ Community Forums is being co-hosted by the Disability Rights Mississippi; the University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies; and the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)
North Mississippi is set to receive three years’ worth of grant money to help continue to develop the local economy. The Economic Development Administration is providing a $189,000 grant to assist the Three Rivers Planning and Development District in developing and implementing a comprehensive economic development strategy. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute in a memorial to a dear friend, Tony Fratesi, who, like his family, worked his way up the ladder and always remembered to help others along the way. (August 10, 2010, Page 4)
Nurses at local schools are preparing for the new year and hope that the new flu shot will help keep absences to a minimum this year with the addition of the H1N1 vaccine. The nurses also share tips for parents and students on how to stay healthy. (August 10, 2010, Page 8)
The new mothers group at Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi seeks to help new moms transition to taking care of an infant. Kathy Shoalmire, lactation consultant, and the moms met this week to try to find more local places on the Square to support mothers’ rights to breastfeed. (August 9, 2010, Page 1, 3)
Lafayette County volunteer firefighters got a little help staying cool from the Mississippi Forestry Commission recently.
Thanks to a grant from the commission, the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department received 20 “ready kits,” which contain a Nomex yellow coverall suit, wildland Bullard helmet, Nomex flame-resistant neck shroud, headlamp, gloves and safety glasses all packed into a yellow tote bag. (August 9, 2010, Page 3)