By Alyssa Schnugg
Several offices are still uncontested in Lafayette County as the qualifying deadline approaches.
Those bouncing back and forth on whether to toss their hat into the election ring have until 5 p.m. Friday to make up their minds.
In a “Your Turn” column, Melanie Addington takes a look at the Oxford Film Festival and all its meant to many in the community over the past dozen years, and she invites all to take part in this week’s events to watch, learn and celebrate the film industry. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)
Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)
Helen Phillips writes to say that Terrence Metcalf and an unidentified person who helped a stranger in need restored her faith in people “doing the right thing,” while Joe Bonica writes about taking a closer look at some of the numbers in reports about lynchings. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)
Fourth-grade students at Della Davidson Elementary School recently found a way to improve the way they learn math by using a popular iPhone feature called Siri. And in the process, they talked with Siri co-founder Adam Cherey and are now working with him to improve Siri’s software and programming. (February 24, 2015, Page 1)
The Oxford community mourned the loss of attorney Tom Freeland, who died Saturday after complications from surgery.
After more than two years in the making, Oxford firefighters with Station No. 1 moved into a new station last week that’s not only much roomier, it even has a brass pole to slide down.
School superintendents have to make tough decisions regarding having school when there’s the threat of inclement weather, and they are really in a no-win situation since Mother Nature ultimately decides whether their decisions were good or bad. Consider, however, that their responsibility is the safety of thousands of youngsters and you need to give them the benefit of the doubt. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about going over plans with his daughters for after he eventually passes on. His hopes that they honor all of his wishes went well — until he started talking about taking things and turning them into key fobs. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)
Those wishing to get a fresh start and leave a past mistake in the past can learn how its done Saturday during a free Expungement Clinic at the University of Mississippi. (February 23, 2015, Page 1, 12)