The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.
He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31. About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford School Board met Thursday during a special meeting to discuss publishing an ad in today’s edition of The Oxford EAGLE to address community concerns over the school district’s capital improvement plan.
The school board approved to pay for an ad that ran on page 5A in today’s EAGLE using the school board’s individual funds, not through district funds. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
With over 150 people to enjoy the free Thanksgiving meal, Mama Jo’s Restaurant was busy Thursday afternoon with retirees enjoying the gracious free meal from Mama Jo. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)
Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.
Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.
The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)
Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.
Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.
Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.
“We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.
The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.
“They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)
Pat C. Lamar isn’t going to let a simple thing like a broken hand, wrist and arm keep her from attending this weekend’s Homecoming Queen Reunion at the University of Mississippi on Saturday. Lamar was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1961.
She will be one of 36 former homecoming queens who have registered to attend the first-ever queen reunion.
The chairwoman of the reunion, Annabeth
The idea for a reunion came from former Homecoming Queen, Annabeth Freeman Wyatt, who was crowned queen in 2000.
Each former queen will be recognized individually at a welcome reception at 9 a.m. Saturday in Butler Auditorium inside the Triplett Alumni Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1B)
So how did you like the latest government-sponsored and goverment-run stimulus? You know – the midterm elections. Editor Don Whitten writes about how elections help various parts of the community and economy and wonders, tongue-in-cheek, if year-round elections might be a good idea. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)
Carolyn Ross writes to talk about exceptionalism in America and to urge people to “keep the Republic that the Founders gave us,” while Mack W. Fondren writes to ask why information about school plans was withheld before the recent vote on a bond referendum. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)
The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
Gov. Haley Barbour lifted a statewide burn ban Wednesday after heavy rains soaked much of the state.
Following suit, Lafayette County has also lifted its burn ban as of this morning, according to Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.
Johnson was granted permission by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last month to lift the ban when he and the Mississippi Forestry Commission felt it was safe to do so.
Johnson said he spoke with the Forestry Commission this morning and they were agreement to lift the ban this morning in the county. (November 4, 2010, Page 2)