Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.
Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
With 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County, many children, and even adults, spent their day Monday playing in the snow, followed by getting warm by a fireplace or space heater.
Fortunately, their memories will remain good ones.
A National Fire Protection Association report shows 73 percent of home heating fire deaths can be attributed to space heaters and other alternate heating sources. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
Former UM Chancellor Robert Khayat will help lead a new initiative to give Mississippians more opportunities. A meeting will be held in Oxford to get public feedback on issues of educational achievement, resource management, a competing economy and commercializing technology. A date has not yet been set. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
The Oxford High School Theatre will present “Antigone” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the OHS auditorium for $5 at the door. (January 11, 2011, Page 2)
- OHS Concert Choir performs at Disney
- Smith, Weeks obtain scholarships
- SAT offers welding class
- BES Citizens Announced
- Delta Sigma Theta makes donation
- Walking Wednesdays Continue
Regents of Oxford recently named Britt Dickens as the new headmaster for the school. Dickens has over 25 years in educational leadership and additional 10 in teaching K-12. (January 11, 2011, Page 5)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed wonders sometimes what and how God thinks, and he’s sure He has a sense of humor. While knowing that God knows best, Reed says he still asks for things. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that public input through attending public meetings – before decisions are made – is essential to making decisions about local programs and projects such as school and hospital expansion and growth. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)
Lafayette and Oxford School District announced it will be closed Tuesday due to weather as did University of Mississippi. A decision will be made on Wednesday at a later time. Regents of Oxford will also be closed.
Governor Haley Barbour has ordered the January 11, 2011 Special Election to proceed as scheduled.
“With inclement weather conditions lingering for voters in the northern parts of the State, we understand circumstances are not ideal for casting a ballot,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We want to encourage voters to exercise caution to ensure safety when heading to the polls.”
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