How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates that he’s been able to keep one — reading more — for a while now although he is looking for a new author to read since he’s gone through all of the books of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)
Charles and MaryJane Dollar write to comment on the low turnout and lack of local officials at the recent Martin Luther King birthday celebration, while Peggy Nance writes to relate her story of a kind unnamed citizen who makes her feel good about her new hometown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)
An Oxford man has been arrested for allegedly shooting at a car at the Shell gas station on Highway 6.
Kevin Dunn, 24, was charged with aggravated assault.
Officers were dispatched to the Shell station in reference to shots being fired. Two cars were involved and shots were fired at or from both vehicles, according to the report. No one was injured. (January 26, 2011, Page 2)
Two local teens were awarded Youth Character Awards during the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association’s annual awards banquet last night at the National Guard Armory. Receiving the awards were Mikayla Patterson, 13, and eighth-grader and Lafayette Middle School and Robert Liggins, 17, a junior at Oxford High School. (January 26, 2011, Page 2)
University Police Department’s Jane Tutor took home the award for Officer of the Year last night during the annual awards banquet of the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. Tutor, captain of investigations, has been with UPD since 2003. Winning the award for Support Personnel of the Year was Angie Hughes, a 911 dispatcher with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years.
A community meeting was held on Tuesday at Oxford High School to generate ideas from anyone with input into what the new Oxford High School may need. A survey is also available online until Monday at www.oxford.k12.ms.us (January 26, 2011, Page 1)
Did you realize it’s only 187 days until the first primary elections are held? And just over 10 months before the general election? Editor Don Whitten writes that a date to pay a bit more attention to right now is March 1, the filing deadline for those running for local offices this year, and he notes that lots of hats have already been thrown into the ring. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)
Gail Brown writes to make the case for and to urge support for Senate Bill 2127, which would make deliberate, malicious torture of a domesticated dog or cat a first-offense felony in Mississippi. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)
Lafayette County state lawmakers expressed hope of a brighter economic future for north Mississippi with the addition of three new industrial operations in the area at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting sponsored by the Oxford and Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and held at the Oxford Conference Center on Monday. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
In a surprise move, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday at an informational public hearing to move forward with negotiations with officials from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford.
After an hour-plus presentation by Dick Cowart, legal counsel for Baptist, and a round of questions from the standing-room-only audience, Supervisor Mike Pickens made a motion to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital to allow the hospital corporation to buy out of the original lease it had with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County for about $60 million. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)