Linda Abbott writes to thank the community for its participation in, and support for, the Take Back the Night event to stress violence prevention, while Jim McCauley thanked members of the Oxford Tourism Council and others for their help in promoting Oxford. (April 7, 2010, Page 4)
Three men – Willie Anthony Canon, 24; Justin Eugene Montez, 25; and Adam Corey Ferguson, 20 – and one woman – Kasie Lynn Jones, 20 – have been arrested in connection with the Thursday beating death of Derald “Pete” Connell. The men were charged with capital murder and Jones was charted with accessory after the fact of capital murder. (April 6, 2010, Page 1)
U.S. District Judge Glenn H. Davidson signed an order Wednesday granting the government’s request for an extension to respond to a motion from insurance agent Ken Nowlin in regard to his guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy. (April 6, 2010, Page 2)
The Lafayette County Supervisors were brought up to date at Monday’s meeting in regard to an ongoing dispute between the county and developer James E. Davis in regard to a T-shaped road inside the University Heights subdivision. (April 6, 2010, Page 1)
Columnist Jimmy Reed recalled a recent joke his barber told about the circulation of a $100 bill through a community and then related it to his take on the nation’s debt crisis. (April 6, 2010, Page 4)
Six Oxford High School seniors, Cathy Chen, Felicity Flesher, Tom Lutken, Jillian Mattern, Alex Mullen, and Susanna Rychlak, are among 15,000 students chosen as National Merit Finalists. Each are in the running to receive one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships or one of 6,000 other scholarships. (April 6, 2010, Page 6)
- Lafayette High School student Ann-Marie Herod has been accepted into the Mississippi School for the Arts in theatre.
- Bramlett Elementary School’s First Grade teachers celebrated first grade students Accelerated Reading quiz challenge requiring their teachers to dance the Macarena, The Chicken Dance and a few others.
- Students showed exemplary behavior and citizenship for the month of March at Oxford Elementary. Students were awarded certificates, ribbons, and a special treat at lunch.
- Students are on the Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll for Oxford University School.
- “The Charger” newspaper has received a Silver Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association based at Columbia University in New York City.
While Movie Gallery on University Avenue may have led some to believe they had closed in late December, they reopened after one week. However, this time, the closure may stick. With new signs throughout the store announcing that it will close and that merchandise is 20 to 50 percent off while still in stock, the final Movie Gallery in Oxford will close its doors. (April 5, 2010, Page 5A)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the murder of a 69-year-old man who was allegedly beaten to death in the county at about 9 p.m. Thursday.
Derald “Pete” Connell, 69, died from injuries he received from an assault that took place off Highway 6 East, in the area of the county near the Brittany Woods subdivision, Investigator Scott Mills said. (April 5, 2010, Page 1A)
Located inside the same building as the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center, E911 handles and dispatches all fire calls for both the city and county, police emergencies for the Sheriff’s Department and all medical emergency calls, dispatching ambulances from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, for both the city and county. (April 5, 2010, Page 1A)