While students, parents and staff of the Oxford School District celebrated after voters approved a $30 million bond for a new high school and massive capital improvement plan, students, parents and staff of the Lafayette County School District rejoiced over their football team winning the Class 4A state championship game.
Both events were the top news stories during a busy fourth quarter of 2010. (December 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at several recent court cases, some high profile and others not so well-known, and observes how it seems that probation and not jail time is often the sentence. Is Lady Justice really blind, he asks. (December 30, 2010, Page 4A)
After nearly seven years without an on-field mascot, the Rebel Black Bear was chosen as the new mascot on Oct. 14. The bear beat out a land shark and a gray Hotty Toddy man. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
Plans for the new, highly anticipated Olin-Winchester facility were approved unanimously during the Lafayette County Planning Commissions regular meeting Tuesday night. The new facility will be built south of County Road 166, the entrance into the park, and on the west side of the existing facility where land is already being cleared. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
When the lights flicker, it could mean another grey squirrel has lost his life on a power line in Oxford. Squirrels cause $10-$15,000 in damages each year despite City of Oxford’s Electric Department’s best efforts to keep them away. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
Have you decided on any New Year’s resolutions? With only a couple of days to go before 2011 hits, Editor Don Whitten makes a few suggestions including resolutions about eating, exercising, reading, voting – and writing letters to the editor. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)
Alan Lamb writes, tongue only partly in cheek, to ask if anyone else has noticed the lack of working turn signals on automobiles in Oxford and wonders if there shouldn’t be a protest about the slight. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)
It was a storm that altered quite a few lives in Abbeville.
The F2 tornado ripped through Abbeville on May 2. It was an early Sunday morning when it hit, damaging about 40 homes and taking one woman’s life. Phyllis Sabbatini, 45, was killed when the tornado directly hit her home. Nearby homes had severe damage as well. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.
Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)