John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)
The body of a woman labeled a pauper at last week’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting has been claimed and put to rest by family members in Bruce.
Natalie “Nikki” Coleman was buried in Bruce Saturday in a family burial plot.
Coleman was found dead in her University Arbors apartment on Oct. 28. On Monday, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy told supervisors he could not locate family to pay for Coleman’s cremation. The board approved to foot the bill under the county’s Pauper Burial policy. (November 8, 2010, Page 2A)
The average price for a home has fallen in Oxford, just as housing prices have dropped in nearly every other community across the nation. Still, unlike many other communities in the U.S., local homes are continuing to be sold at a healthy pace. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)
What’s the first thing most kids go looking for when they get their favorite kids’ meal bag or box from a fast-food restaurant? The toy, of course. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance banning toys in kids’s meals with too much calories, sodium and fat, and Editor Don Whitten writes to question the decision to turn Happy Meals into Unhappy Meals. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)
Lori and Reed Elliott write to thank the community for its support of the recent Oxford bond issue and to thank the school board and administration for helping make the school so valuable to the community, while John Payne writes an open letter to Alan Nunnelee about taking on his new job as U.S. Representative in January. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)
The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.
He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31. About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford School Board met Thursday during a special meeting to discuss publishing an ad in today’s edition of The Oxford EAGLE to address community concerns over the school district’s capital improvement plan.
The school board approved to pay for an ad that ran on page 5A in today’s EAGLE using the school board’s individual funds, not through district funds. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
With over 150 people to enjoy the free Thanksgiving meal, Mama Jo’s Restaurant was busy Thursday afternoon with retirees enjoying the gracious free meal from Mama Jo. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.
Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.
The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)
Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.
Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.
Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.
“We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.
The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.
“They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)