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School plans – great; timing – not so good

Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Winter drawdown of lakes begins

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District has begun the annual winter water level drawdown of its lakes. The lowered level allows people to easily access archaelogical sites so officials warn it is against the law to “treasure hunt.” (November 1, 2010, Page 3A)

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        Holli’s gets a new hand-made sign

        Piper Clark and her grandpa Joe are regulars at Holli’s so when they learned about her stolen sign in August they set out to make her a new one. The new sign was hung on Thursday. (November 1, 2010, Page 7A)

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          Celebrity sightings (sort of)

          Traveling for your job is not as glamorous as some might think, but it can lead to interesting trips and to meeting people considered “celebrities.” John Morgan’s column tells of two of his celebrity sightings, one Faye Dunaway and the other Shane Battier. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Letter to the Editor

            Jim Shollenberger writes to take issue with recent letters to the editor, and he calls for letter writers to use less emotion and more thought. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Ole Miss to show university’s first 3-D commercial

              The 90-second film will be played at the end of half-time during Saturday’s game on the “jumbotron.” The 3D glasses will be placed on each seat in the stadium Friday night and Saturday morning by a local Boy Scout troop. The theme of the promo had been kept tightly under wraps until recently. However, a poster made to promote the event gives away some clues the film will feature Ole Miss athletes as giants.

              (more…) (October 29, 2010, Page 1B)

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                Aldermen discuss Sunday alcohol sales

                Even though the mayor’s Alcohol Task Force has recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday, the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue.

                (more…) (October 29, 2010)

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                  Lafayette County Board of Supervisors

                  AGENDA

                  Lafayette County Board of Supervisors

                  Monday, 9 a.m.

                  Lafayette County Chancery Building

                  1. Call to order

                  2. Approve agenda

                  3. Approval of the minutes from the October meeting

                  4. Approve claims docket

                  5. Approve manual checks and utilities and debt service payments

                  New business

                  1. Approve Order of the Board of Supervisors authorizing the transfer of $12,000 additional LSBP funds to complete project LSBP-36. (Larry Britt)

                  2. Approve pay application No. 2 in the amount of $8,815 to D. Carroll Construction for Four-mile Branch project. (Larry Britt)

                  3. Approve pay application No. 2 in the amount of $30,040 to D. Carroll Construction for Toby Davidson Creek project. (Larry Britt)

                  4. Road manager’s report. (Jerry Haynie)

                  5. Spread on the minutes the hiring of road department employee James Stone at $2,200 per month. (Jerry Haynie)

                  6. Approval request for September 2010 Solid Waste Write-offs. (Bobby Jones)

                  7. Spread on the minutes the hiring of solid waste employee Kerry Delbridge at $2,100 per month. (Bobby Jones)

                  8. Volunteer Fire Department update. (Jerry Johnson)

                  9. United Way presentation by Kathy Sukanek. (Joseph Johnson)

                  10. Approve payment of $40 for Clerk of Board’s attendance at Oct. 4 meeting. (Sherry Wall)

                  11. Approve payment of $4,205 to Circuit Clerk for Circuit Court costs. (Mary Alice Busby)

                  12. Training request for Sheriff East to attend the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association 2010 Winter Conference in Choctaw for travel expenses only. (Sheriff East)

                  13. Approve budget transfer in the amount of $64,037 to Sheriff Department for COPS technology grant expenditures. (Joseph Johnson)

                  14. Approve request for sole source purchase of Global Software products for COPS Technology grant at a cost of $36,220. (Joseph Johnson)

                  15. Approve deletion of fixed assets from Chancery Clerk and sheriff’s departments. (Joseph Johnson)

                  16. Spread on the minutes the Veteran’s Day holiday, Nov. 11. (Joseph Johnson)

                  17. Spread on the minutes the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25 and 26 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)

                  18. Spread on the minutes the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 and Dec. 27 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)

                  19. Spread on the minutes the New Year’s holiday Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 as proclaimed by the governor. (Joseph Johnson)

                  20. Approval to purchase three service trucks at State Contract price for Road Department. (Joseph Johnson)

                  21. Approval to purchase six police vehicles at State Contract price for Sheriff’s Department. (Joseph Johnson)

                  22. Approve personnel budget amendment for Solid Waste to include vacant position omitted from budget. (Joseph Johnson)

                  23. Approve no cost letter of intent with Tisaby & Associates for possible grant proposal. (Joseph Johnson)

                  24. Spread on the minutes the 2010 County Fire Funding Compliance form. (Joseph Johnson)

                  25. Approve renewal contract for Cafeteria Plan Administration between Southern Administrators and Benefit Consultants Inc. and Lafayette County. (Joseph Johnson)

                  26. Approve renewal contract for detention center spent cooking oil removal with Griffin Industries Inc. (Joseph Johnson)

                  27. Approve transfer of surplus funds from Allied building and Courthouse renovation funds to General County. (Joseph Johnson)

                  28. Consider accepting bid for the sale of five backhoes. (Joseph Johnson)

                  29. Consider accepting bid for the sale of one excavator. (Joseph Johnson)

                  30. Consider accepting bid for the sale of one bulldozer. (Joseph Johnson)

                  31. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of five backhoes. (Joseph Johnson)

                  32. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one excavator. (Joseph Johnson)

                  33. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one bulldozer. (Joseph Johnson)

                  34. Consider accepting bid for the purchase of one asphalt paver. (Joseph Johnson)

                  35. Consider accepting bid for the general depository. (Joseph Johnson)

                  36. Approve DHS employee Marlayna Blissett as receiving clerk. (Joseph Johnson)

                  37. Consider executive session. (Lloyd Oliphant)

                  38. Adjourn/recess (October 29, 2010)

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                    Fashion show to celebrate surviving breast cancer

                    LaVera Hodges is now cancer free and taking life one day at a time. To help other survivors feel as good as she does, she is holding the second “Struttin’ Pretty in Pink” breast cancer fashion show to raise awareness and donations as well as give survivors a chance to simply feel pretty.

                    The fashion show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist association building off Highway 334.

                    The models will be survivors, current cancer patients and family and friends of those dealing with cancer. (October 29, 2010, Page 11A)

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