There are decisions we make every day and there are decisions we make that affect us forever. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks had one to make recently and, from the story he tells and the results he got, he made the right one. (December 17, 2010, Page 4A)
In today’s information age, there’s so much out there that you don’t know what to believe and what to doubt. There are also website that try to debunk rumors and such, and local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the real motivation for them. (December 17, 2010, Page 4A)
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is investigating an illegal dump in Lafayette County where asbestos was found in the rubble of several condemned duplexes that were dumped and buried on property located on County Road 303.
In November, Lafayette County Solid Waste manager Bobby Jones received a complaint the property was being used as an illegal dumping ground for five old condemned duplexes that were torn down and dumped on the property. When Jones went to the property to investigate, he also discovered other construction debris — mattresses, hundreds of tires, concrete, wood, shingles, pipes and other unknown chemical containers.
MDEQ sent a letter to the property owner, Braxton Comer, earlier this month advising him to cease dumping any solid waste at the site immediately and requested him to come to Jackson on Dec. 29 for administration hearing to discuss the allegations. (December 16, 2010, Page 1A)
A new committee has been tasked with researching the feasibility of a new parking garage to help with Square parking. The group will meet again in January after researching the pros and cons of a garage. They will present their findings and recommendations to the city in late spring. (December 16, 2010, Page 1A)
If it’s mid-December, then it is time again for what has become one of the most eagerly-awaited issues The Oxford EAGLE publishes – the Season’s Greetings section. Editor Don Whitten talks about the joy of reading the annual letters to Santa Claus and says getting Friday’s paper could be the best 50 cents you’ve spent in a long time. (December 16, 2010, Page 4A)
With dozens of schools closing in neighboring north Mississippi counties due to icy roadways and two weather-related deaths reported this morning, Lafayette County was spared the worst of the dangerous wintry mix this morning. Lafayette County Road Manager Jerry Haynie and his road crew took to the roads at 5 this morning checking for icy accumulations on county roads.
The temperature hung around 32 degrees this morning, causing some icy patches to form on local roads, but not enough to cause traffic problems in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation noted bridges in Lafayette County were starting to ice over at 7 this morning on its website, wwwgomdot.com. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford Historic Preservation Commission will continue talks in January about a potential new award to give out to local historic preservationists as well as other community outreach events. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Joan Lunsford writes to urge everyone to look out for one another during holiday partying, offering suggestions about serving alcohol and offering to be designated drivers. (December 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Lithuanian contemporary dancer, Denisas Kolonychis, will perform at The Powerhouse tonight at 7 p.m. There is no charge however, a donation to the arts is appreciated. (December 14, 2010, Page 3)
The Oxford Planning Commission reconsidered and approved a variance Monday to the owners of Oxford East Shopping Center that will allow them to plant fewer trees in the parking lot than required in the city’s landscaping ordinance and granted a parking lot variance to Rainbow Cleaners, allowing them to have fewer parking spaces at its new spot than required in the city ordinance since most of the traffic is short term and the drive-through window reduces the need for parking. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)