With schools in the area, state, region and country reporting problems, there’s no question that the local Oxford School District is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Editor Jonathan Scott talks about how well the school has done in relation to his children who have gone through the system, and he urges all to help continue that tradition of educational excellence by supporting the $30 million bond issue next Tuesday. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)
Peter Kondos writes to give his take on why so many voters plan on voting for change in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, while Gloria Pettus writes to call for a No vote on the local bond issue to keep from increasing taxes. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)
Interfaith Compassion Ministry Director Lena Wiley wasn’t sure how much money was brought in from Tuesday’s fish fry fundraiser as of this morning, but one thing she did know for certain — people ate a lot of fish.
“We ran out of fish,” she said this morning. “I think it went really well. I hope it went well.”
The fish fry, held at First Baptist Church’s Family life center, served cat fish and chicken tenders for $10 a plate from 11 to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. All the proceeds will go toward ICM, particularly to help pay an outstanding $10,500 hotel bill that ICM owes to the Ole Miss Motel, which works with ICM all year to help house homeless and displaced persons temporarily. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)
The North Central Mississippi Board of Realtors will be hosting the second annual House Party to benefit the Oxford-Lafayette Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at the Lyric on Saturday night from 6:30 to 11. All proceeds from the event go towards benefiting the Habitat for Humanity. (October 20, 2010, Page 2)
Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit’s Keith Davis, and the other investigators at Metro, are pushing adding “enhancement charges” to regular drug dealing charges. Enhancement charges include, selling drugs within 1,500 of a school or church or child endangerment, for selling drugs when a child is present.
An enhancement charge does just that — it enhances the sentence of the defendant if found guilty. Under state law, selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school allows a judge to double the penalty.
Several suspects charged with dealing drugs were indicted during the September grand jury and have been given enhancement charges along with being indicted with selling drugs.
See these and other indictments handed down by the grand jury in today’s EAGLE. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)
Those with concerns on what limitations should be placed on Cedar Oaks as an event venue should attend the public hearing at 5:15 p.m. at the Oxford Conference Center to discuss the historic home with the Tourism Council. (October 20, 2010, Page 2)
The Alcohol Task Force, put in place by the city, recommended to the Board of Aldermen to move forward with Sunday sales for on-premise (restaurants) of alcohol, beer and wine and off-premise (convenience stores) for the sale of room-temperature beer and light wine. The aldermen said they will discuss the recommendations on Oct. 29 at a special meeting. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)
The annual Spirits of Oxford tour will be back at St. Peter’s Cemetery with almost a full moon shining down Friday evening. Editor Don Whitten looks back at previous spirits and gives a preview of what’s to be expected this year at the annual fundraiser for Cedar Oaks. (October 20, 2010, Page 4)
Liza and Don Fruge write in support of the Oxford School District bond issue, saying the time is now to invest in the future of our children. Mari G. Kuhnle writes to say she is in support of the local schools, but thinks the responsible thing to do in this case is to vote “No” in the bond issue. (October 20, 2010, Page 4)
The odds would appear to have tipped in Oxford’s favor that Olin Corp. will move as many as 1,000 jobs from its East Alton, Ill., plant to its plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)