With the help of $100,000 in seed money from the state, a University of Mississippi professor’s dream of launching a new business is about to come to fruition.
Mike Repka, UM chairman and associate professor of pharmaceutrics, was on hand Monday to accept the money from the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The funds will help start Oxford Polymed Corp., a new clinical stage pharmaceutical development company based in Oxford focusing on several drug delivery systems.
As fields and forests green up with the arrival of spring, wildfire season is winding down in Lafayette County. The Mississippi Forestry Commission was called out to about six or seven wildfires in the county during the month of March, and Lafayette County volunteer firefighters battled a few more on their own. (April 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Columnist Jimmy Reed recalls words of his mentor, Jaybird, and favorite contemporary American, Ronald Reagan, about standing up to bullies, and wonders if our current leaders are anywhere near that same stance based on recent announcements. (April 13, 2010, Page 4A)
Monday’s Business Page Briefs:
– Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for Hill Country Landscaping on Thursday afternoon and Ya Ya’s Frozen Yogurt on Friday morning.
– Linda Johnson has been chosen as March Employee of the Month for North Mississippi Medical Clinics.
– Kimberly Nicole Morgan was named as a recipient of the Mississippi Trailblazers “Inspire” Award.
– An informational parent meeting is set for Tuesday at 5:30 at the Deborah Kay School of Dance. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
It’s been six months since the Blind Pig restaurant and bar closed its doors on the Square, but fans of the local establishment now have a place to return with its current venue in the Thompson House on North Lamar. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
Leap Frog, started as an outreach program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and now a nonprofit organization serving more than 90 first- and second-grade students, will be taking on some time travel in its upcoming fundraiser, an April 29 “Leap Back in time ’80s Prom Bash.” (April 12, 2010, Page 3A)
SWAT officers with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department may soon have a dedicated vehicle to help them arrive and perform optimally while out in the field. (April 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Under new ownership, the Castle Hill Resort and Club will offer the same contemporary southern fine dining in its restaurant as well as opening its doors to its bed and breakfast guest rooms. It will continue to be a destination wedding spot, hosting large or quaint weddings for people all over the state. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
Editor Don Whitten had a visitor drop by recently with a card that read, “The right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do,” and pondered about possibilities that he could have been pointing to, including the newspaper’s rights, the rights of government leaders and our rights in general. (April 12, 2010, Page 4A)
Pantry Publicist Barbara J. Smith writes to thank members of the community for volunteering and for making donations to help the Pantry serve members of the community. (April 12, 2010, Page 4A)