After 24 years of serving Lafayette County as its Circuit Court Clerk, Mary Alice Busby has decided to turn the job over to whomever the voters believe will be the best person for the job. Busby decided she would not seek reelection during the holidays.
However, more than 20 people have already thrown their hats into the election ring in the first 48 hours of the qualification period that began on Monday. (January 6, 2011, Page 1)
Willie A. Canon, 25, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell. Canon pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and simple murder Wednesday at the Lafayette County Courthouse. (January 6, 2011, Page 1)
Larry Csonka, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Steve Spielberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Donald Trump and, perhaps, many of you. What’s the common factor? Age, as all of those, plus some of you, were born in 1946 and will be eligible for Medicare sometime this year. Editor Don Whitten wonders about the future of Medicare and Social Security as Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 get ready to take their share from the programs. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)
Dead birds and dead fish. Coincidence or incidental? That’s the question local columnist Deidra Jackson asks as she talks about a few ongoing stories with widespread coverage and widely varied explanations. Jackson urges us to seek the real truth and also to remember that we’re responsible for taking care of this Earth. (January 6, 2011, Page 4)
A new ordinance to allow the city to fine Square businesses up to $1,000 if they don’t dispose of trash properly is now in effect. (January 5, 2011, Page 3)
New recycling bins to help expand campus recycling will be in place this spring after the city received a $100,000 grant to work with the University of Mississippi. (January 5, 2011, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors kicked around ideas on how to alleviate parking problems at the Lafayette County Chancery Building during a meeting on Tuesday. (January 5, 2011, Page 2)
At the recommendation of the Lafayette County Planning Commission, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the site plan for the 500,000-square-foot building that is planned for the expansion of the existing Winchester plant located on County Road 166.
Supervisor Lloyd Oliphant told Olin Corp. officials Tuesday he and his fellow board members will do whatever they can to expedite the company moving its Centerfire ammunition operations to the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (January 5, 2011, Page 1)
It’s just a coincidence – News Editor Jonathan Scott isn’t into New Year’s resolutions – but Scott is planning to take part in a community program offered by Baptist Memorial Hospital titled “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” It’s a plan to help members of the community to develop a healthy lifestyle, something Scott feels certain will be a reward well worth the effort. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)
Former Oxford resident Jo Middleton writes to tell how she’s left Oxford but its writers haven’t left her. She relates stories about authors from the community and wonders if she might have picked up a little of the “spirit” to use in a book of her own. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)