While we seem, every year, to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, local columnist Deidra Jackson says we need to make sure we embrace the ordinary and important things in life at this special time of the year. (December 23, 2010, Page 4A)
Experts are expecting — and hoping — for a much quieter and healthy flu season in 2011 after the H1N1 swine flu hit pandemic proportions earlier this year.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, there has been 21 lab confirmed cases of the flu in Mississippi since November, however, there’s been no confirmed cases in Lafayette County as of this morning.
This season, the CDC is anticipating three strains of influenza: the H1N1 swine virus; influenza A H3N2 virus and the influenza B virus. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two men they say are responsible for stealing almost $15,000 worth of car audio and video equipment from the local business, Bump in Da Trunk.
Charged with burglary are Blaine Everette Burrell, 18, of Oxford and Kyle McGrath Rogers, 23, who has been living between Oxford and Water Valley in recent months.
The leash law has been amended to strengthen some language to ensure pets remain on a leash when on public property, particularly in places like Pat Lamar Park. Owners may find themselves with a $173 fine if they don’t follow the law. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Editor Don Whitten tells an inspirational story he heard recently about how a community turned out in December to help a family dealing with the death of a loved one, and notes that caring for and helping others is the best gift we can offer at this time of the year. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)
Molly Fergusson writes to explain the miscommunication that led to the recent charities report about the Oxford Film Festival. She points out the discrepancy and said that the festival is run completely by volunteers. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)
Before a public hearing could be held, Alderman Janice Antonow asked Tuesday to have the off-premise sales request removed from the agenda due to a lack of votes that would stop any veto from Mayor Pat Patterson who has promised he will veto any alcohol related issue. (December 21, 2010)
In a troubling sign of how sluggish the building market is in the community, the Lafayette County Planning Commission hasn’t met since September. The commission canceled its meetings in October and November due to a lack of cases to review. December’s meeting, set for Dec. 28, has no new subdivision plans on the agenda.
However, residential building is slightly up in the city of Oxford. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
Winning the Oxford Police Department’s Officer of the Year is not only an honor for Lt. Chris Robertson, he believes it’s one of the highest honors a police officer can hope to gain.
Robertson was given the award last week during OPD’s annual Christmas party and awards banquet. He was one of several awards given out that evening. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Tourism Council gave out $28,000 in community grants on Monday evening to six major events planned for 2011. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)