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Morning fire destroys home

About 19 firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 852 Highway 30 East this morning to the home of Freddie Pinion of Alfa Insurance. The house was engulfed in flames, but Pinion and his family — including two children — made it out of the house safely.

Roy said the cause of the fire is unknown as of this morning, but County Fire Marshal Darren Roy will investigate to determine how the blaze started. (January 13, 2011, Page 1)

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    Where did all the canned drinks go?

    Editor Don Whitten is in charge of getting the soft drinks for his family and a recent purchase of what he thought were 24-packs turned out to be just 20-packs. Whitten noticed other items shrinking in size or quantity without any price changes and says it’s a sign of the times. (January 13, 2011, Page 4)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Bettye H. Galloway writes to say that she’s paid taxes for years and feels like the Chancery Building parking lot should be available to her and other citizens regardless of whether they’re doing business in the building or not. (January 13, 2011, Page 4)

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        Training session ensures transit funds eligibilty

        To be eligible to receive any grants from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, representatives from Oxford and Lafayette County governments will need to attend a training session Thursday to learn the correct way to apply for federal money from MDOT. (January 12, 2011, Page 2A)

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          Runoff election to decide transit position

          While State Rep. Warner McBride took the majority of Lafayette County’s votes in Tuesday’s special election, it wasn’t enough to push him into a runoff for the seat of Northern District Transportation Commissioner.

          Of the 1,718 votes cast locally Tuesday, Warner earned 937 votes. However, when the votes were counted from all the other counties in the district, it was candidates John Caldwell of DeSoto County and Mike Tagert of Starkville who both won 21 percent of the total votes, pushing them into a runoff election on Feb. 1 (January 12, 2011, Page 1A)

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            Helms hired as lifestyle coordinator

            The Oxford Park Commision and RSVP have hired Deb Helms as the new part-time leisure lifestyles coordinator to design programs, activities and classes for those over 55. (January 12, 2011, Page 2a)

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              Good marks for storm response

              With Sunday’s snow fall being the most this area has seen at one time in more than 20 years, city and county officials have reviewed how they responded and decided their crews did a fine job overall. (January 12, 2011, Page 1A, 10A)

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                Two snows rare; third one still to come

                It’s rare to see two significant snows in a winter in north Mississippi, but three? Well, count on it, says Editor Don Whitten as he reminds readers of the old saying that if snow stays on the ground three days there’s another snow coming. (January 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  *BREAKING NEWS* Runoff in Miss. transportation race

                  JACKSON (AP) — Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. were headed to a runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.

                  Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed Caldwell, of Nesbit and transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, leading the seven-candidate filed. Tagert, of Starkville and president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, was second.

                  Following closely behind was Rep. Warner McBride with 20 percent of the votes. Tagert and Caldwell both had 21 percent of the votes.

                  One precinct in Leflore County remained to be counted Wednesday.

                  The runoff election is Feb. 1.

                  The winner will fill the vacancy created when Transportation Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs died Nov. 1.

                  The winner will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term. (January 11, 2011)

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                    Few voters at polls

                    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)

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