Red state? Or Blue? Or perhaps it’s really purple. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent midterm elections and the changes made in Mississippi and around the country. The only constant is change and that’s something those who run for office must be aware of. (November 12, 2010, Page 4A)
Occupational trends for Lafayette County include preparing for careers with its two biggest employers, the university and the hospital. But it also means training the future workforce for more manufacturing jobs, including those in the green industry, according to Gary Golden, part of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc. (November 11, 2010, Page 1)
The mass media doesn’t always give a true look at black girls and women, and that’s why Beverly Bond has founded Black Girls Rock! Inc. – to help black girls move beyond stereotypes and labels. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at the non-profit organization and introduces the community to one of its own female champions. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how we’ve dealt with our fallen military men and women through the years, and wonders why we don’t always seem to have as noticeable of a welcome back for returning servicemen and women. On Veterans Day, he urges us to take care of all of our veterans. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
John-Ray Sockwell writes to thanks those who helped with his Eagle Scout project to build a fence at the Veterans Memorial Park, while J.M. Kiger writes to say that we need to find a way or certain times to allow pets to use Lamar Park. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former University of Mississippi student who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girl friend in 2005.
David Jackson Williams was convicted in 2007 of killing Demetria Bracey, also a former Ole Miss student, with a knife and leaving her body in a closet for four days. Williams claimed Bracey stabbed herself as part of a suicide pact, however, he failed to go through with the act himself.
The Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Williams in a 5-4 decision Wednesday. The court ruled the trial judge, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth, erred by refusing to give the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
While the country gradually bounces back from the recession, local community members have proven that the needs of the many sometimes do outweigh the needs of the few. (November 10, 2010, Page 3)
While Oxford has had two bank robberies and nearby Water Valley has had one bank robbed in 2010, nationally, the Bonnie and Clyde wannabes seem to be getting fewer. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
After being denied by the Oxford Planning Commission, the Oxford Tree Board showed its support Tuesday by voting to approve the request for a variance of the landscape ordinance from the owners of the Oxford East Shopping Center parking lot on University Avenue. (November 10, 2010, Page 2)
When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)