A former insurance agent of record for Lafayette County is suing former and current county officials claiming they railroaded him into pleading guilty to crimes he didn’t commit.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)
Since an EF2 tornado ripped through Abbeville in May, more than $40,000 in funds have been approved for Lafayette County residents affected by the storm.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have approved more than $3.5 million in grants to help eligible disaster survivors in Mississippi with housing and other serious disaster-related needs. Housing assistance included funds for temporary rental payments, home repairs, support toward replacing a destroyed home, or temporary housing units such as travel trailers or mobile homes. (June 9, 2010, Page 2)
Is it global warming or just getting accustomed to 72-75 degree machine-cooled air over the years that makes it so difficult to go outside or to places with the AC set on 78 or 80? Editor Don Whitten recalls days when air conditioners were not part of life and wonders if we’ve just hurt ourselves by getting too comfortable. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)
Ricky Murchison writes about remembering the Sabbath and keeping it Holy as he takes a stance against Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford; Molly Fergusson of the Oxford Film Festival writes to thanks volunteers and kids who made the recent filmmaking worhshop possible; and John Drewrey of the Oxford Shrine Club wrote about the recent Shriners Carnival in Oxford and the upcoming Poker Run fundraising event. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)
- Peter Joseph Dunbar graduated from Princeton University.
- Philip Malatesta joined the National Honor Society at Arkansas State University
- Whitney Leigh Woodington and others graduated from University of Alabama
- GED classes are set at Northwest Community College
- Mary Randall Ivy has been selected to attend the Trent Lott Institute
- Lafayette Upper Elementary announced honor roll for fourth nine weeks.
- Oxford School District Consolidated Federal Programs application available to view in the district office.
- 40th reunion of the Oxford High School Charger football program set for July 17
- Henry Self graduated from McCallie School.
- Tailgate for Boys and Girls set for July 31
With fewer federal funds available for schools this year, officials with the Lafayette County School District are searching for whatever is available. The school board approved a request from administration officials to apply for $321,831 in Title 1 funds and $118,568 in Title 2 funds. (June 8, 2010, Page 3)
See what business was attended to during Monday’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting. (June 8, 2010, Page 2)
The Oxford Police Department has some of the strongest and most fit officers in Mississippi — and they have the awards to prove it.
OPD joined 46 fellow law enforcement officers from Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia for the first Southeastern Regional LawFit Challenge at Olive Branch High School. All four local officers taking part at the challenge took home awards. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)
Lights placed outside Downtown Dezigns on the Square will soon be coming down, after the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission denied the company’s lighting request. The owner originally installed them without obtaining correct permissions. Owner Na-Ann Watts said she was simply trying to add antique character and charm to her business. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County supervisors are giving Lloyd Larish, master clockmaker, a few more days to finish the work he started on the Lafayette County Courthouse before searching for someone else to complete the job. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)