Burn ban still in effect
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to extend the county’s burn ban until its next meeting in December at the request of Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Last month, Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state-wide burn ban which supersedes the county’s. However, Johnson said if the governor decided to remove the ban, he felt the county was still too dry to remove its ban.
The National Weather Service forecasts rain today through Wednesday. The board granted Johnson the ability to rescind the ban on the recommendation of the Mississippi Forestry Commission if conditions improve before the next board meeting.
The board also voted to allow the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department to advertise for bids on a new storage facility at Johnson’s request.
Sheriff’s Department new computers
The board voted to approve the purchase of six laptops of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department that will be placed inside patrol vehicles. It will also allow deputies to be connected to the CAD system and the LCSD record system.
The county received a $65,000 grant from the Department of Public Safety for the purchase of the equipment for the software and the laptops.
Homeland security grants
The board voted to allow Tisaby & Associates to assess the county’s fire department, sheriff’s department and EMS services to see if any or all would be entitled to federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The company would not be paid by the county but would receive grant administration fees from the government.
The Board of Supervisors met with the Oxford Board of Aldermen in executive session after the board’s regular meeting Monday to discuss the future of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
In August 2009, Baptist announced its plans to replace the current hospital with a new $300 million regional referral center. The corporation is requesting to purchase the existing facility and buy its way out of a lease with the city and county, which currently own the hospital. That lease isn’t set to expire until 2034.
The new facility is expected to cost about $300 million and will provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art environment that will accommodate future health care technology.
The two boards agreed to meet again at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in executive session, which means the meeting is closed to the public.
No other action was taken. (November 2, 2010, Page 2)
The Lafayette County School Board is considering turning away from traditional class scheduling and implementing a block schedule at the high school.
On Monday, the board voted to allow Lafayette High School principal Rodney Flowers to make a formal presentation at the Dec. 7 meeting.
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.
Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.
This is the second in an occasional series following the first year of the new Oxford High School principal, Mike Martin. Martin said while attendance is up and cell phone and bullying is down, he has a way to go in helping to improve classrooms. (November 2, 2010, Page 2)
Two Lafayette High School theater students earned first-place honors in two categories at the recent Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale. Rachel Whitehorn and Kana Carpenter took home the awards. (November 2, 2010, Page 6)
- Lafayette Upper Elementary School and Lafayette High School released their first nine weeks honor rolls.
- Della Davidson to host book fair
- OMS choir fall concert set Nov. 11
- OUS to honor veterans
- LHS AFJROTC to offer turkey sales
- OHS to stage “She Stoops to Conquer”
- Red Cross teaches third-graders to be prepared with Pillowcase project
- Wilson joins Phi Theta Kappa
- UM Museum explores Greek drama
- Sorority donates to breast cancer
- GED testing set at NWCC
- Brown scholarship recipient announced
How to build a sustainable Oxford is the topic of discussion underway now with the Sustainability Conference Monday through Wednesday. Issues and areas of concern were explored at the conference’s opening town hall meeting Monday evening at the Lyric Theater and members of the Sustainability Design Assessment Team oversaw the process. (November 2, 2010, Page 1)
Best-selling author Pat Conroy returns to Oxford on Wednesday to sign copies of his new book, “My Reading Life.” The signing will be at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 3)
It’s been said that you can get a quick fix on someone by seeing what he or she reads. Editor Don Whitten points out that’s not always easy to do, but is with one of the South’s favorite authors, Pat Conroy, whose latest book, “My Reading Life,” takes readers on a trip through his library and education to see how and why Conroy writes as he does. Conroy will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of the new book at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)
Championship basketball coach John Wooden’s book “Wooden on Leadership” reminds local columnist Jimmy Reed about how his father used to teach the same basic lesson for life – that taking care of the small things and keeping it simple help take care of the big things. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)