Oxford School District’s behaviorist analyst Denise Collier has been caring for two autistic teenage boys since their mother died in November. She’s hoping someone will step up to take at least the higher functioning boy into their home and become his foster parents before they are turned back over to the state on Jan. 4. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
In an effort to make Christmas special for their small clients, the staff at the Lafayette County branch of the Mississippi Department of Human Services asked the community to help them play Santa’s helpers to about 100 area children. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Jack Mayfield takes us down Memory Lane as he recalls Christmases of the past when he spent the holidays with his grandparents in their South Lamar home. Read about his childhood memories in today’s Oxford Living. (December 23, 2010, Page 3B)
Santa will definitely make an appearance at the Adams’ home in Abbeville this year. In fact, about 100 Santa’s are already displayed in their living room. See Katherine Adams winter wonderland in today’s Oxford Living on page 1. (December 23, 2010, Page 1B)
What kind of birthday cake are you having Saturday? Whose birthday? Jesus Christ, of course. Editor Don Whitten looks at family traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as we head into the biggest birthday of all. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)
While we seem, every year, to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, local columnist Deidra Jackson says we need to make sure we embrace the ordinary and important things in life at this special time of the year. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)
Experts are expecting — and hoping — for a much quieter and healthy flu season in 2011 after the H1N1 swine flu hit pandemic proportions earlier this year.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, there has been 21 lab confirmed cases of the flu in Mississippi since November, however, there’s been no confirmed cases in Lafayette County as of this morning.
This season, the CDC is anticipating three strains of influenza: the H1N1 swine virus; influenza A H3N2 virus and the influenza B virus. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two men they say are responsible for stealing almost $15,000 worth of car audio and video equipment from the local business, Bump in Da Trunk.
Charged with burglary are Blaine Everette Burrell, 18, of Oxford and Kyle McGrath Rogers, 23, who has been living between Oxford and Water Valley in recent months.
The leash law has been amended to strengthen some language to ensure pets remain on a leash when on public property, particularly in places like Pat Lamar Park. Owners may find themselves with a $173 fine if they don’t follow the law. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Editor Don Whitten tells an inspirational story he heard recently about how a community turned out in December to help a family dealing with the death of a loved one, and notes that caring for and helping others is the best gift we can offer at this time of the year. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)