With only four weeks in office, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee has spent the last several days traveling around north Mississippi. On Wednesday, he stopped in Oxford where he met with Mayor Pat Patterson and the Board of Aldermen, the Lafayette County Supervisors and other county employees and stopped off and had lunch with the Oxford Kiwanis Club. Later, he visited with the staff at the Oxford EAGLE and answered questions about industry, health care, jobs, education and Social Security and talked about his first month in office. (February 3, 2011, Page 1)
While State Rep. Warner McBride took the majority of Lafayette County’s votes in Tuesday’s special election, it wasn’t enough to push him into a runoff for the seat of Northern District Transportation Commissioner.
Of the 1,718 votes cast locally Tuesday, Warner earned 937 votes. However, when the votes were counted from all the other counties in the district, it was candidates John Caldwell of DeSoto County and Mike Tagert of Starkville who both won 21 percent of the total votes, pushing them into a runoff election on Feb. 1 (January 12, 2011, Page 1A)
Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)
Some Oxford EAGLE readers aren’t happy when the paper has “too much” local news and not enough state and national news because The EAGLE is the only paper they subscribe to. Others are bothered because of the amount of Associated Press content because they buy The EAGLE to get local news. Editor Don Whitten tries to give a little insight into the daily decisions made by your community newspaper. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Red state? Or Blue? Or perhaps it’s really purple. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent midterm elections and the changes made in Mississippi and around the country. The only constant is change and that’s something those who run for office must be aware of. (November 12, 2010, Page 4A)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford resident and former William Morris agent Sam Haskell recently announced to Variety that he had purchased the rights to Oxford resident Curtis Wilkie’s book, “The Fall of The House of Zeus.” Both men are friends with the subject of the book, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs the high profile attorney and also another Oxford resident whom was sentenced in June 2008 for trying to bribe a judge in a case involving legal fees. (November 11, 2010, Page 12)
Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.
“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.
But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.
All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.
There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Was former President Bill Clinton in Oxford on Thursday to stump for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers or was he just making another stop on a Get Out And Vote campaign nationwide? Or, as Editor Don Whitten writes, wasn’t it both – plus urging the Ole Miss students to get out and help the Democrats protect the gains that group helped them get two years ago? (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Anne Steel writes to give an update on an earlier informal study of the number of discarded cans and bottles she picked up near the Square – and things are any better, while Ken McGraw writes to tout Travis Childers as the choice for those who want an “independent” candidate. (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
During their first and only debate before the November election, the two north Mississippi congressional candidates agreed on a few issues, battled over several differences and both choked up when talking about the same educational accomplishment — being the first in their families to graduate from college.
“I grew up in a family with modest means,” Democrat and Ole Miss alum U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said before his emotions forced him to pause for a brief moment. “I say this with love and respect for my family: I was the first to finish college.”
State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, the Republican challenger, noted the two men shared something in common.
The debate, moderated by Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, was held in the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. It’s the only time the two candidates are scheduled to go head-to-head before the election. Seven independent or third-party candidates are also on the Nov. 2 ballot, but they were not invited to participate in the debate.
The questions, asked by local newspaper editors and reporters, ranged from the economy, taxes, global warming, health care and Tuesday’s appeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” military policy. (October 13, 2010, Page 1)