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)
Next week students at local schools will be celebrate Red Ribbon week, the largest and oldest drug prevention program in the nation.
At Oxford University School, students will celebrate all week by wearing red silly Bandz bracelets that spell “Rock” to represent OUS students making healthy choices. (October 19, 2010, Page 3)
Most people think of tornados wreaking havoc in the spring as warm air coming up from the gulf tangles with the cold air left over from the winter.
However, November is another peak time for tornados to strike north Mississippi as the incoming cold fronts from the north greet the warmer air left over from the summer months.
To keep Mississippians on their toes and avoid injury during possible fall tornados, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will conduct a statewide tornado drill Wednesday to make sure all residents are prepared.
The National Weather Service offices will conduct the tornado drill using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
Olivia Estes is a Girl Scout with Oxford Troop 374. She likes music, especially teen pop star Justin Bieber. She plays basketball and enjoys drawing.
When the active 9-year-old isn’t busy being 9 years old, she’s making sure her diabetes is in check.
Olivia Estes is this year’s Oxford honorary chairperson for the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Square in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall. Family activities will include a visit from Rancor Raiders Garrison of the Mississippi with “special friends” Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. All money raised will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
In most parts of the world, he’s known as “Murphy.” In the Mississippi Delta, he’s “Murph” – but he still has his law that states that what can go wrong, will. Local columnist Jimmy Reed reflects on a duck hunting trip years ago when Murph was definitely a member of the hunting party. (October 19, 2010, Page 4)