Term limits – good or bad? They’re good if you like keeping folks in elected office that do a good job. They’re bad if you believe fresh blood and fresh ideas are needed. Editor Don Whitten notes that term limits can be set without legislation – by voters going to the ballot box and limiting terms of those they want out of office but yet leaving in those they want to keep. (October 22, 2010, Page 4A)
Guest columnist Dr. Keith Mansel discusses symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in this week’s Good Health section. (October 21, 2010, Page 14)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors instructed county attorney David O’Donnell to file an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court against a final order given by a Circuit Court judge instructing them to not interfere with the operation of the county’s Drug Court.
The one-page appeal, filed Tuesday, says the supervisors are appealing the entire Final Order filed Sept. 21 by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth but doesn’t list any specific parts of the order. The appeal was filed after the board voted 3 to 2 granting O’Donnell permission to file the appeal during an executive session earlier this month. Supervisors Robert Blackmon and Mike Pickens were the dissenting votes.
Howorth, who started Drug Court three years ago, filed a “cease and desist” in June against the supervisors from interfering with the operations of the Drug Court and the Circuit Court in general. Howorth claims the supervisors have continually interfered with the operations of the Circuit Court, almost from the day the current board took office in 2008. He also ordered the supervisors to comply with all reasonable requests made by and on behalf of the Drug Court pertaining to Drug Court funds administered by Lafayette County. (October 21, 2010, Page 1)
A public hearing was held before the Tourism Council regular meeting on Wednesday to discuss with Cedar Oaks neighbors concerns for events held in their community. Residents requested a limit of alcohol events, more information shared with them on when events are booked, and a way to tow cars that block their driveways as no parking is available for the historic home. (October 21, 2010, Page 1)
New bike racks will soon be located around the Square. Billy Lamb, city superintendent for buildings and grounds, is working with Pathways Commission to determine the best locations for the racks. One has been installed at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and Van Buren Avenue. (October 21, 2010, Page 2)
With schools in the area, state, region and country reporting problems, there’s no question that the local Oxford School District is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Editor Jonathan Scott talks about how well the school has done in relation to his children who have gone through the system, and he urges all to help continue that tradition of educational excellence by supporting the $30 million bond issue next Tuesday. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)
Peter Kondos writes to give his take on why so many voters plan on voting for change in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, while Gloria Pettus writes to call for a No vote on the local bond issue to keep from increasing taxes. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)
Interfaith Compassion Ministry Director Lena Wiley wasn’t sure how much money was brought in from Tuesday’s fish fry fundraiser as of this morning, but one thing she did know for certain — people ate a lot of fish.
“We ran out of fish,” she said this morning. “I think it went really well. I hope it went well.”
The fish fry, held at First Baptist Church’s Family life center, served cat fish and chicken tenders for $10 a plate from 11 to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. All the proceeds will go toward ICM, particularly to help pay an outstanding $10,500 hotel bill that ICM owes to the Ole Miss Motel, which works with ICM all year to help house homeless and displaced persons temporarily. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)
The North Central Mississippi Board of Realtors will be hosting the second annual House Party to benefit the Oxford-Lafayette Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at the Lyric on Saturday night from 6:30 to 11. All proceeds from the event go towards benefiting the Habitat for Humanity. (October 20, 2010, Page 2)
Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit’s Keith Davis, and the other investigators at Metro, are pushing adding “enhancement charges” to regular drug dealing charges. Enhancement charges include, selling drugs within 1,500 of a school or church or child endangerment, for selling drugs when a child is present.
An enhancement charge does just that — it enhances the sentence of the defendant if found guilty. Under state law, selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school allows a judge to double the penalty.
Several suspects charged with dealing drugs were indicted during the September grand jury and have been given enhancement charges along with being indicted with selling drugs.
See these and other indictments handed down by the grand jury in today’s EAGLE. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)