Prison inmates getting homebuyer tax credits? What’s going on with the program intended to stimulate the economy and help people get into the home market? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent report that scammers are getting millions from the program. (June 25, 2010, Page 4A)
Getting your boat into the water might be a little easier in the evening at Coontown Crossing boat dock at Sardis Lake from now on. Power is expected to be connected to the new lights that have been installed at the boat landing on Sardis Lake. (June 24, 2010, Page 2a)
To be a Rebel or not to be a Rebel is not the question. It’s more about what does a Rebel look like?
That is what members of the University of Mississippi Mascot Selection Committee hope to answer this summer as they move into phase three of the selection process on Monday. (June 24, 2010, Page 1a)
Red Cross is cutting its 13 chapters in Mississippi down to five due to financial strain over the past two years but the change benefits Oxford by turning the local service station into one of the headquarters for the newly formed Northwest Mississippi Red Cross Chapter. Bebo Howell, the executive director of the local Red Cross office, said many details of the restructuring haven’t been determined. (June 24, 2010, Page 1a)
Thanks to everyone who has bought new tires, the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority received $59,000 in grant money to help continue its tire collection programs. (June 24, 2010, Page 1A)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted to allow County Attorney David O’Donnell to draft a response to a court order issued against them last week that instructed them to follow through with its promise to be the funding conduit for the Third Circuit Court and it’s Drug Court until Union County can take over. (June 24, 2010, Page 2A)
News Editor Jonathan Scott’s notion that the L-O-U community is a caring and giving one was only reinforced by recent work that showed 13 pages in the popular FYI section are dedicated to groups who give to the community. He also pointed to fundraisers and events held just in the past week that show local citizens, even in tough times, are ready to help others. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)
Mary Sexton and members of the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors wrote to thank all of those who made donations and volunteered to help with projects, including one that comes to fruition Sunday when the home for Lakesha Wortham and her children is dedicated. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)
The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence will hold its regional Domestic Violence Shelter Programs Training Institute for member shelter programs in northern Mississippi in Oxford this weekend.
Martha Crawford, victim advocate at the Domestic Violence Project in Oxford, said she’s looking forward to the training event that will be held Thursday and Friday at The Inn on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 23, 2010, Page 3A)
The community’s annual 4th of July weekend celebrates the red, white and blue, but it’s the green – or lack thereof – that’s causing concerns this year. One-third of the funding was cut this year leaving organizers to rally for volunteers to help begin raising funds for next year. (June 23, 2010, Page 1A)