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Monday, November 24, 2014

Jerry Johnson

Fire rating drop great news for some county residents

We congratulate those residents in the county’s central fire district who will benefit — financially as well as safety-wise — by the improved fire rating for an extended area, and we applaud all those who helped make the extension of the district possible. (November 19, 2014, Page 4A)

Central fire district gets lower rating

Citizens living in the central fire district in Lafayette County may soon see a decrease in fire protection insurance after the fire district’s rating dropped from a 10 to a 7. (September 25, 2013, Page 2)

Three arrested for burglary spree




The Oxford Police Department, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Metro Narcotics Unit have arrested three men for several burglaries around the city and county. Each face 12 counts of burglary and one count of possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana with the intent to distribute. They are being held at the Lafayette County Detention Center. (November 30, 2012, Page 2A)

College Hill fire rating drops 2 points

Residents living in a five-mile radius of the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department’s College Hill station should see a decrease in the price of their homeowners insurance now that the Mississippi State Rating Bureau has reduced the area’s fire rating from 10 to 8. (July 7, 2011, Page 1)

Keep safe, warm in big chill

With 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County, many children, and even adults, spent their day Monday playing in the snow, followed by getting warm by a fireplace or space heater.

Fortunately, their memories will remain good ones.

A National Fire Protection Association report shows 73 percent of home heating fire deaths can be attributed to space heaters and other alternate heating sources. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

Burn bans lifted in state, county

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)

Rain doesn’t dampen burn ban

A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for all of Mississippi despite much-needed rain showers soaked parts of North Mississippi recently.

However, the southern part of the state is still bone dry.

The burn ban was issued by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this month after the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommended the ban to help prevent uncontrolled forest and brush fires after a hot, dry summer left much of Mississippi’s landscape dehydrated. (October 27, 2010, Page 1)

Fire leaves families homeless

Six Lafayette County families were left homeless this weekend when a fire ripped through the Pine Cove Creek Apartments Friday evening. Lafayette County fire inspector Darren Roy was called in to investigate the fire who said the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

No one was hurt in the fire but the six families were left with nothing.

The Lafayette County chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the families with shelter, food and clothing. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check to: North Central Mississippi American Red Cross Service Center, P.O. Box 97, Oxford, MS 38655. For more information, call 236-1282. (October 26, 2010, Page 10)

Fall storm blows through county

Mother Nature opened the door Tuesday, welcoming Mr. Fall into Oxford, hopefully ending an usually warm autumn.

Fall announced his arrival in a big way, too, causing thunderstorms and reports of pea-sized hail in the College Hill area.

The storms blew down several trees and knocked down some power lines around Oxford and Lafayette County, causing sporadic power outages around the area. However the rain did little to alleviate dry conditions around the county. (October 13, 2010, Page 3)

County burn ban approved

During its regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors invoked a burn ban for the county due to dry conditions.

The ban is in effect until Nov. 1, although it could be lifted sooner if conditions improve sufficiently.

(more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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