The University of Mississippi has been busy building and renovating structures on campus this year. With more than $154 million in projects currently underway, the projects are in various stages of construction. (September 28, 2010, Page 1, 2)
President Barack Obama spoke about education earlier this week, suggesting holding teachers and students accountable and considering a longer school year. Those things, plus money, may help Johnny learn to read better, but probably not any more than things his parents, siblings and relatives could do at home. Editor Don Whitten calls on family members to do their part in the education process as well. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)
After addressing one of his student’s dress – a cap turned around backward and droopy pants – as he came into the classroom recently, local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed thought back to his high school days and what his principal did when he was not satisfied with his students’ dress. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)
During its regular meeting Friday, the Oxford School Board approved a motion to have Lafayette County School District Superintendent Mike Foster head up the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology.
The city and county school districts will split the cost of Foster’s $10,000-a-year raise. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)
Whirlpool is working with the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality to clean up its former Oxford location.
To make sure the property is safe as well as marketable, Whirlpool has entered into an agreement with MDEQ to participate in its Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act to clean up an area in the defunct plant that showed the presence of hydraulic fluid, which has contaminated a 500-foot square foot area. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)
The University of Mississippi’s Center of Manufacturing Excellence received a grant recently from the Mississippi Development Authority for $529,395. UM will use this grant money for solar panels for the new center which is currently being built. (September 27, 2010, Page 1A)
We just over a month away from mid-term elections which, around these part, include district circuit and chancery court judge races. Yes, that’s what the vast majority of campaign signs around the community are about. For those a little confused about who they can vote for, Editor Don Whitten gets a bit of help from the circuit clerk’s office. (September 27, 2010, Page 4A)
The catchphrase for this year’s Ten Minute Plays: keep it brief and keep it local. Four local playwrights and local actors are the focus of the annual celebration of short-form plays which began with presentations Thursday and continue tonight and Sunday afternoon at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)
Local lawmakers are hoping Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will consider putting off the planned Oct. 31 closing of George P. Cossar State Park on Enid Reservoir.
Local legislators are asking to be given some more time to come up with other solutions to the funding dilemma that’s causing the park to be running at an annual deficit of $300,000. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)