Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.
“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.
But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.
All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.
There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)
The Wellsgate Owners Association sponsored a scarecrow contest which wielded three winners on Sunday. The Ol’ Man River by 7-year-old Catherine Creekmore won $100 for first place; Shelby Proudfoote (of the shire) by Sam Davis won $50 for second place and Panty Thief by Janie and Joe Byrd won $25 for third place. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)
The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District has begun the annual winter water level drawdown of its lakes. The lowered level allows people to easily access archaelogical sites so officials warn it is against the law to “treasure hunt.” (November 1, 2010, Page 3A)
Piper Clark and her grandpa Joe are regulars at Holli’s so when they learned about her stolen sign in August they set out to make her a new one. The new sign was hung on Thursday. (November 1, 2010, Page 7A)
Traveling for your job is not as glamorous as some might think, but it can lead to interesting trips and to meeting people considered “celebrities.” John Morgan’s column tells of two of his celebrity sightings, one Faye Dunaway and the other Shane Battier. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)
Jim Shollenberger writes to take issue with recent letters to the editor, and he calls for letter writers to use less emotion and more thought. (October 29, 2010, Page 4A)