We just thought Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were headlining the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Since midweek, however, we’ve found that it’s really Mother Nature this year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the weather’s effect on the popular event and all of the scrambling local officials have done over the past 48 hours. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)
John and Shelia Mohr, visitors from St. Paul, Minn., write to tell of how much they enjoyed their stay in Oxford and to thank their special tour guide, Mayor Pat Patterson. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)
Guest columnist John Morgan started remembering nights at the grandparents when he took his youngsters to his mother’s house recently. What happened when John was young? Big Star’s “Saturday Night at the Races,” “Lawrence Welk,” catching fireflies and chasing the “fog machine.” (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)
Lafayette County is about $600,000 richer after settling a lawsuit against the county’s former medical insurance company, Trustmark Group Benefits. (April 22, 2010, Page 2)
Convicted killer David Jackson Williams has been denied for a second time by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday, six of the nine Court of Appeal Judges voted against granting Williams’ request for a rehearing. (April 22, 2010, Page 2)
A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lydia Jones wants other caregivers to know they aren’t alone.
Jones will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively Fair during a workshop at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
While admitting he had to be dragged into green interests, Mayor Pat Patterson said those who led him that way were right and he challenged the community to reach a 50 percent recycling goal by next year. The city currently has close to 41 percent recycling rates based on the number of residences within city limits. Patterson also offered the university a recycling bin that will be picked up for free by the city. The Mayor was on hand along with Chancellor Dan Jones to honor local sustainability leaders.
With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)