More and more examples of bullying among students, teenagers and young adults are coming to light, and so many of the cases wind up with serious and sad circumstances and actions. Staff writer Melanie Addington gives examples of problems students face from their peers, especially in today’s world of social networking, and urges adults to get involved to help control or end the practice of bullying. (October 7, 2010, Page 4)
Sherry Wall writes to commend students at Lafayette High School for their actions in electing Amber Lawrence as their 2010 Homecoming queen, and to tell parents of LHS students they should be proud of their children. (October 7, 2010, Page 4)
Christopher Eric Cooper of Lafayette County has been arrested and charged with Tuesday’s armed robbery of Water Valley’s Regions Bank. Officers from the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department arrested Cooper, 39, at his home near Abbeville without incident at approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday. (October 6, 2010, Page 1)
Seven local men where charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with 14 counts of illegal duck hunting.
According to the legal information filed Aug. 17 and unsealed Sept. 15 at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford, the men also killed several of the ducks and didn’t retrieve them. Investigators discovered eight mallard ducks hidden in an undisclosed location that were not tagged. (October 6, 2010, Page 6)
Oxford firefighters Randy Jones, Braden Theobald and Matt Tatum climbed 110 stories in remembrance of the 343 firefighters that died when the Twin Towers collapsed. The men were participants in the inaugural Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place building in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
The ordinance has been amended to allow alcohol to be served at Cedar Oaks but the Tourism Council is now also tasked with creating regulations for events at the historic home. The Board of Aldermen approved both actions on Tuesday. (October 6, 2010, Page 2)
Oxford City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Stasny writes a guest column explaining the planning principles involved in dealing with growth in the school system. She discusses background, talks about making the best use of current facilities and gives a list of goals that can be accomplished with bond money that must be approved by local citizens later this month. (October 6, 2010, Page 4)
Local physician Dr. Will Dabbs weighs in on the culture of alcohol in the LOU community and how it affects so many. He relates, in a guest column, cases he’s had to deal with in his profession, and says it’s not just a money issue, a moral issue or a religious issue. (October 6, 2010, Page 4)
Kaye Bryant writes to praise the Oxford High School production of “Blood Brothers,” and to urge local residents to check out the drama department’s next offering, while David King writes to tell readers that voting is the most important thing they can do regardless of their feelings if two years has been enough to see change. (October 6, 2010, Page 4)
Polling opened today at 8 a.m. for the University of Mississippi community to choose a new mascot. The polling process runs until Tuesday, with three choices: a land shark, bear and Hotty Toddy. For information on how to vote, visit mascot.olemiss.edu.