The United Way scaled back its fundraising goal in 2008 in expectancy of lower donations due to a failing economy.
In 2007, the goal was $450,000. It was dropped to $425,000 in 2009.
“We blew it out the top, despite a tough economy, and raised $427,000,” campaign chairman Jeff Triplette said at the United Way annual campaign kick-off luncheon on Wednesday. “That was above our goal.”
This year’s goal is $465,000. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics United arrested three people recently for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of other area law enforcement agencies, particularly the University Police Department,” said Agent in Charge Keith Davis.
In the last two weeks, the Narcotics Unit, with the help of UPD officers, visited several local businesses suspected of selling the artificial marijuana, known by several brand names including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. The leafy material is marketed as an incense, although by smoking it, it is said to have similar effects to that of marijuana.
The UPD officers posed as undercover buyers at the establishments. According to Davis, three people were arrested for selling the now-illegal substance. (September 15, 2010, Page 2)
In Oxford, all reported crimes in 2009 are lower than they were in the 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.
The report tracks crime statistics from cities and counties all over the country.
While Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin is pleased with the numbers, he said he expects them to climb a bit when the 2010 numbers are released next year.
“As many burglars as we’ve locked up this year, we are still having burglaries,” Martin said. “We are working hard to be visible and keep this a safe place for our residents and visitors. But our crime has gone up this year. However, we are also recovering a lot of stolen property and making arrests which soothes that increase.”
Martin said thieves might blame the increase in burglaries and thefts on the economy.
“I blame it on these skinny televisions,” he said with a chuckle. “These things are so light, they can just pick up and carry them out the door with no effort.” (September 15, 2010, Page 1)
Emma Credille and Jenny Urban share a close bond formed from personal tragedies that few others could ever understand.
In March, both girls lost their fathers to suicide.
Both girls are involved in the upcoming “Out of the Darkness” community walk, the signature fundraising event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which provides funding for research and local suicide prevention education programs. The walk is slated for Nov. 7 at the Lyceum Circle on the University of Mississippi campus.
The new “Let’s Talk” program at Ole Miss began this semester to allow students to drop in without signing up to be able to talk to a counselor. The program allows counselors to be available at a variety of locations throughout campus Monday-Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. (September 7, 2010, Page 5)
Federal dollars will begin to improve drugs and fight cyber crime. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Pharmaceutical Processing and the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at Ole Miss. The operators of both programs can thank the federal government for much needed funding. With grants cutting-edge equipment will help with drug delivery systems and Internet crime training. (September 6, 2010, Page 1A)
The University of Mississippi set a new enrollment record with the largest freshman class ever in the 162-year history of Ole Miss, numbers are also up for total enrollment at UM. With 3,089 new freshman on campus, the university saw a 19.9 percent increase over last fall. Preliminary enrollment figures show UM’s total unduplicated head count on all its campuses is 19,536, another record. (September 6, 2010, Page 1A)
William H. Morris isn’t a professional photographer. He’s just a man with a camera and a knack for taking pictures that capture the spirit of his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, Oxford and the people who call it home.
More than 20 years of photographs are what fills Morris’ new coffee-table book, “Ole Miss at Oxford.” The self-published hardcover book contains 300 full-color photographs on 232 pages. See a few of those photos in today’s Oxford Living. (September 3, 2010, Page 1B)
Colonel Reb is soon to be a remnant of the past as he goes into the vault tomorrow. Today is the last official day his image can be licensed. The College Licensing Company, the agent for the University of Mississippi licensing issues, released a memo in March to all licensees that the image of the Colonel may only be licensed through August 31. Tomorrow he enters the College Vault Program where the image can only be licensed out for special occasions for historical use. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
In March, a group of community leaders and involved citizens attended a retreat to learn how create open dialogue and get people talking about racial and economic divers in the L-O-U community.
As a follow-up to that retreat, the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and The Amos Network of Lafayette County will be holding a Welcome Table retreat, “A Conversation on Race,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. (August 27, 2010, Page 2A)