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Sunday, August 31, 2014

David O'Donnell

Baptist looks for new home

Now that the purchase agreement for the sale of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has been approved by both city and county officials, the hunt for the location of a new $250 million regional medical facility has picked up steam. (August 2, 2011, Page 1)

Hospital sale appears near

With the purchase agreement close to an end, city and county attorneys updated local leaders on the status of what appears to be a successful conclusion of a negotiation process that began two years ago. (July 20, 2011, Page 1A)

Baptist buyout nears completion

The sale of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississppi’s current location back to Baptist is progressing along, according to County Attorney David O’Donnell, who provided and update to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors Tuesday during a meeting. (July 13, 2011, Page 2)

Jail must adapt for mentally ill

Lafayette County must make mandatory changes to its detention center to better accommodate the mentally ill or face paying $15,000 for every person it must send out of county to be held before a bed opens at a state hospital. (July 8, 2011, Page 1A)

Loggers banned on CR 432

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to allow the county road manager to route logging trucks down County Road 477 to avoid driving on CR 432 due to concerns over the weight of the trucks crossing the two bridges along the road. (July 6, 2011, Page 1)

Campaign signs sprouting up all around Oxford

Inside the city limits of Oxford, campaign signs are not allowed in the right of way. However, in Lafayette County, as long as the signs are not permanently installed into the ground, they can be in the right of way, as long as they are not blocking line of sight for traffic. (June 28, 2011, Page 1)

A new hospital by 2016?

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, Oxford Board of Aldermen and Lafayette County Board of Supervisors are working to close the final sale of the hospital by July 31 with plans to have the new building ready to move in within five years. (June 21, 2011, Page 1)

City, county officials still hashing out hospital

Talks continue between the Oxford Board of Aldermen, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp over the memorandum of understanding that could allow for the sale of the current hospital, for BMH to let out of their lease and for a new $250 M facility to be built within city limits. (May 3, 2011, Page 2)

County upset with MDOT, MOU

During their regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to meet with city officials to go over a joint MOU with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in regards to three local projects including the interchange at the West Jackson Avenue/Highway 6 intersection. Both city and county officials have expressed concerns about MDOT changing previously agreed upon details. Other issues discussed Monday included United Way’s Excel by 5 application; a  redistricting resolution and property being transfered for the new Winchester plant. (April 5, 2011, Page 2A)

Chancery Court records now free after ethics complaint

Because of a complaint filed with the Mississippi Ethics Commission, searching online for Chancery Court records is now free for the public. (March 17, 2011, Page 2)

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