After getting a second chance to prevent hundreds of their jobs from moving from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford, Olin Corp. union workers again rejected a contract with the company. The vote Tuesday appears to make it far more likely that some 900 jobs will be relocated to Oxford during the next five years. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)
During Tuesday’s session at the ongoing American Institute for Architects Conference on Sustainable Design, locals expressed concern that the real issue is a lack of communication between local governing bodies. (November 3, 2010, Page 2)
Local columnist T.J. Ray pens a general letter to candidates who’ve contacted him via various forms of communication during the campaign season, and tells them why it’s so important that their goal is to work for the good of the people. (November 3, 2010, Page 4)
Philip Loria writes to expand on the recent passage of the Oxford School District bond issue, citing state law and a possible violation of it, while Kevin Kempa writes to say that keeping American manufacturing competitive begins at home. (November 3, 2010, Page 4)
With all 18 precincts reporting in by 9 p.m., Kennedy walked away with 59.04 percent of the votes. His opponent, Richard Shivers took 29.16 percent of the votes while former coroner Lonnie Weaver had just 11.66 percent of the votes.
(more…) (November 2, 2010)
The Oxford Police Department is searching for the suspect who robbed the Mechanics Bank at 1508 E. University Ave. at 11:37 this morning. Bank officials told police a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank and robbed the bank at gun point, according to police. No one was injured in the robbery.
The suspect then fled the bank on foot and reportedly got into an older model vehicle which may be either light tan or light yellow in color and possible either a GM or Ford.
Officers recovered a gun, money and other evidence that was covered in red paint from the the “dye pack” that discharged near where the suspect’s vehicle was parked. Anyone with information of the case is asked to call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400. (November 2, 2010)
Burn ban still in effect
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to extend the county’s burn ban until its next meeting in December at the request of Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Last month, Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state-wide burn ban which supersedes the county’s. However, Johnson said if the governor decided to remove the ban, he felt the county was still too dry to remove its ban.
The National Weather Service forecasts rain today through Wednesday. The board granted Johnson the ability to rescind the ban on the recommendation of the Mississippi Forestry Commission if conditions improve before the next board meeting.
The board also voted to allow the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department to advertise for bids on a new storage facility at Johnson’s request.
Sheriff’s Department new computers
The board voted to approve the purchase of six laptops of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department that will be placed inside patrol vehicles. It will also allow deputies to be connected to the CAD system and the LCSD record system.
The county received a $65,000 grant from the Department of Public Safety for the purchase of the equipment for the software and the laptops.
Homeland security grants
The board voted to allow Tisaby & Associates to assess the county’s fire department, sheriff’s department and EMS services to see if any or all would be entitled to federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The company would not be paid by the county but would receive grant administration fees from the government.
The Board of Supervisors met with the Oxford Board of Aldermen in executive session after the board’s regular meeting Monday to discuss the future of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
In August 2009, Baptist announced its plans to replace the current hospital with a new $300 million regional referral center. The corporation is requesting to purchase the existing facility and buy its way out of a lease with the city and county, which currently own the hospital. That lease isn’t set to expire until 2034.
The new facility is expected to cost about $300 million and will provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art environment that will accommodate future health care technology.
The two boards agreed to meet again at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in executive session, which means the meeting is closed to the public.
No other action was taken. (November 2, 2010, Page 2)
The Lafayette County School Board is considering turning away from traditional class scheduling and implementing a block schedule at the high school.
On Monday, the board voted to allow Lafayette High School principal Rodney Flowers to make a formal presentation at the Dec. 7 meeting.
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.
Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.
This is the second in an occasional series following the first year of the new Oxford High School principal, Mike Martin. Martin said while attendance is up and cell phone and bullying is down, he has a way to go in helping to improve classrooms. (November 2, 2010, Page 2)