Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.
Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.
Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.
“We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.
The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.
“They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)
Pat C. Lamar isn’t going to let a simple thing like a broken hand, wrist and arm keep her from attending this weekend’s Homecoming Queen Reunion at the University of Mississippi on Saturday. Lamar was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1961.
She will be one of 36 former homecoming queens who have registered to attend the first-ever queen reunion.
The chairwoman of the reunion, Annabeth
The idea for a reunion came from former Homecoming Queen, Annabeth Freeman Wyatt, who was crowned queen in 2000.
Each former queen will be recognized individually at a welcome reception at 9 a.m. Saturday in Butler Auditorium inside the Triplett Alumni Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1B)
So how did you like the latest government-sponsored and goverment-run stimulus? You know – the midterm elections. Editor Don Whitten writes about how elections help various parts of the community and economy and wonders, tongue-in-cheek, if year-round elections might be a good idea. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)
Carolyn Ross writes to talk about exceptionalism in America and to urge people to “keep the Republic that the Founders gave us,” while Mack W. Fondren writes to ask why information about school plans was withheld before the recent vote on a bond referendum. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)
The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
Gov. Haley Barbour lifted a statewide burn ban Wednesday after heavy rains soaked much of the state.
Following suit, Lafayette County has also lifted its burn ban as of this morning, according to Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Johnson was granted permission by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last month to lift the ban when he and the Mississippi Forestry Commission felt it was safe to do so.
Johnson said he spoke with the Forestry Commission this morning and they were agreement to lift the ban this morning in the county. (November 4, 2010, Page 2)
At Newk’s Express Café on University Avenue, there’s an easy solution for any college-age worker not living up to expectations: The stack of ready applications waiting on the manager’s desk. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
The members of the Sustainability Design Assessment team concluded the three-day Sustainability Conference in Oxford on Wednesday with a 2-hour report presented at City Hall. The recommendations are a brief overview of a larger report that will be sent in January or February 2011. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes on non-voters and those who don’t attend meetings that will affect their community and way of life just a few days after midterm elections. She urges residents to take part in the entire process and to let elected and appointed officials know how they feel about issues. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)
Adele Ford-Bonica writes about the recent news that Oxford school officials worked with students to help them vote, noting that it’s a good idea but should have included less prompting from those involved and input from both sides if there was any information given. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)