Most people think of tornados wreaking havoc in the spring as warm air coming up from the gulf tangles with the cold air left over from the winter.
However, November is another peak time for tornados to strike north Mississippi as the incoming cold fronts from the north greet the warmer air left over from the summer months.
To keep Mississippians on their toes and avoid injury during possible fall tornados, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will conduct a statewide tornado drill Wednesday to make sure all residents are prepared.
The National Weather Service offices will conduct the tornado drill using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
Olivia Estes is a Girl Scout with Oxford Troop 374. She likes music, especially teen pop star Justin Bieber. She plays basketball and enjoys drawing.
When the active 9-year-old isn’t busy being 9 years old, she’s making sure her diabetes is in check.
Olivia Estes is this year’s Oxford honorary chairperson for the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Square in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall. Family activities will include a visit from Rancor Raiders Garrison of the Mississippi with “special friends” Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. All money raised will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
In most parts of the world, he’s known as “Murphy.” In the Mississippi Delta, he’s “Murph” – but he still has his law that states that what can go wrong, will. Local columnist Jimmy Reed reflects on a duck hunting trip years ago when Murph was definitely a member of the hunting party. (October 19, 2010, Page 4)
Hal Ferguson writes to express his displeasure with former President Bill Clinton visiting last week, Dr. Jeff Evans writes in support of the school bond issue and says that local residents have a great opportunity and a great responsibility, and Jane Fraser writes to inform people that there’s help for those who stutter. (October 19, 2010, Page 4)
When you deal with 20,000 customers selling magazines, Dan Wilson, owner of Exclusive Media Services in Oxford, says having complaints is unavoidable.
However, the Better Business Bureau claims having 128 complaints filed against a company the size of EMS is unacceptable. The BBB showed its views by giving the magazine sales company an “F” rating. (October 18, 2010, Page 1)
Director Tate Taylor gave a little help to the local arts community when he purchased one of Taylor artist Bill Beckwith’s statues. Taylor was so impressed that he then also invited Beckwith down to the set of “The Help” being filmed in Greenwood. (October 18, 2010, Page 2a)
While critics of the new University of Mississippi mascot may think the Rebel Black Bear has nothing to do with Mississippi – they may be surprised to find out just how much the black bear has meant to the state from Native American days to creating the first tourism industry – the bear has inspired many. (October 18, 2010, Page 1, 5A)
Are you a morning person, one of those people that somehow gets up and going every morning without a hitch? Or perhaps a night owl, one who struggles through hitting the snooze button several times and still needs help and a shot of caffeine? Maybe, you’re somewhere in between. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at all three and wonders if heredity or environment decides which you’ll be. (October 18, 2010, Page 4A)
Guest columnist Ben Walls urges readers to make wise choices, dream and lay a foundation for success and then to never give up as guidelines for how to get ahead in today’s world. (October 18, 2010, Page 4A)
Julie H. Walton writes to tell citizens that they could be hearing from United Way representatives in the future asking for assistance with a community-wide drive to help in areas of critical need. (October 18, 2010, Page 4A)