Members of three disability rights groups are hoping to gain Oxford’s input Thursday as to the needs and concerns of people with all types of disabilities.
A community “listening event” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Oxford Convention Center. The Disability Partners’ Community Forums is being co-hosted by the Disability Rights Mississippi; the University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies; and the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)
North Mississippi is set to receive three years’ worth of grant money to help continue to develop the local economy. The Economic Development Administration is providing a $189,000 grant to assist the Three Rivers Planning and Development District in developing and implementing a comprehensive economic development strategy. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute in a memorial to a dear friend, Tony Fratesi, who, like his family, worked his way up the ladder and always remembered to help others along the way. (August 10, 2010, Page 4)
Nurses at local schools are preparing for the new year and hope that the new flu shot will help keep absences to a minimum this year with the addition of the H1N1 vaccine. The nurses also share tips for parents and students on how to stay healthy. (August 10, 2010, Page 8)
The new mothers group at Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi seeks to help new moms transition to taking care of an infant. Kathy Shoalmire, lactation consultant, and the moms met this week to try to find more local places on the Square to support mothers’ rights to breastfeed. (August 9, 2010, Page 1, 3)
Lafayette County volunteer firefighters got a little help staying cool from the Mississippi Forestry Commission recently.
Thanks to a grant from the commission, the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department received 20 “ready kits,” which contain a Nomex yellow coverall suit, wildland Bullard helmet, Nomex flame-resistant neck shroud, headlamp, gloves and safety glasses all packed into a yellow tote bag. (August 9, 2010, Page 3)
Just days away from having a lawsuit filed against him, master clockmaker Lloyd Larrish of Minnesota arrived back in Oxford on Friday to complete the work he had been hired to do more than three years ago — fix and restore the historic Lafayette County Courthouse clock. (August 9, 2010, Page 1)
Water Valley’s 41st annual Watermelon Carnival didn’t let a little rain dampen the fun as folks showed up for arts and crafts and for all of the different competitions held each year. Jarrett Patton topped the field in the Largest Watermelon contest with one that weighed in just over 107 pounds. (August 9, 2010, Page 1)
Did you get one of those yellowbooks thrown in your driveway recently? Did you look inside to see if your name was there along with your phone number and address. If you weren’t there, it could be because you’re a part of that growing segment of the population with cell phones and no land lines. Editor Don Whitten relates some of the problems that not having everyone’s name, number and address handy creates. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)
Harley Garrett writes about the death of local World War II hero Virgil “Bill” Appleton and passes along an e-mail he received that makes his point about the special man the community lost. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)