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Jimmy Allgood

Is snow headed our way?

City and county crews are gearing up to prepare for what could be the worst snow storm since 1988, according to the National Weather Service..

Snow is expected to move into the area around Sunday afternoon, with it getting increasingly heavy after 6 p.m., said meteorologist Ryan Husted with the National Weather Service. About 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected, however, Husted said if snow bands settle on top of Oxford, more than 6 inches could fall in the LOU area. (January 7, 2011, Page 1A)

Oxford spared icy roads

With dozens of schools closing in neighboring north Mississippi counties due to icy roadways and two weather-related deaths reported this morning, Lafayette County was spared the worst of the dangerous wintry mix this morning. Lafayette County Road Manager Jerry Haynie and his road crew took to the roads at 5 this morning checking for icy accumulations on county roads.

The temperature hung around 32 degrees this morning, causing some icy patches to form on local roads, but not enough to cause traffic problems in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation noted bridges in Lafayette County were starting to ice over at 7 this morning on its website, wwwgomdot.com. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)

Worst of storm misses Lafayette County

A strong storm cell that wreaked havoc in some parts of Mississippi took it easier on Lafayette County, according to emergency management officials.

No local reports have been made of damage due to the high winds associated with Monday night’s storm, said Oxford Emergency Coordinator Jimmy Allgood.

In Lafayette County, Emergency Coordinator David Shaw said his office received a few reports of some trees being blown down. (November 30, 2010, Page 1)

MRC looking for volunteers

While a national program, the local North Centeral Medical Reserve Corps was founded locally about a year ago and is partnered with the city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. MRC was given federal money to start the program that is under Oxford’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program umbrella.

MRC volunteers will assist in medical disaster operations during times of emergency and participate throughout the year doing public education programs that will touch on subjects such as pandemic flues, disaster preparedness and good health topics.

MRC is holding an information meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Activity Center in hopes of recruiting more volunteers for its program. (October 25, 2010, Page 2A)

State-wide twister training Wednesday

Most people think of tornados wreaking havoc in the spring as warm air coming up from the gulf tangles with the cold air left over from the winter.

However, November is another peak time for tornados to strike north Mississippi as the incoming cold fronts from the north greet the warmer air left over from the summer months.

To keep Mississippians on their toes and avoid injury during possible fall tornados, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will conduct a statewide tornado drill Wednesday to make sure all residents are prepared.

The National Weather Service offices will conduct the tornado drill using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)

VISTA works with Medical Corps in Oxford

VISTA is supporting a volunteer to help organize the North Central Mississippi Medical Reserve Corps. Judy Warren took on the job of training and recruiting volunteers through the RSVP office for the emergency volunteer-manned system. (October 7, 2010, Page 5)

State flood map changes to be adopted November

The City of Oxford is preparing for new flood plain maps to be adopted on Nov. 26 which also will change the flood plain administrator to the city building official. Most of the maps will have no change as the city was currently up-to-date. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)

Katrina left some positive marks on Oxford

Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and surrounding Gulf areas, killing about 2,000 and displacing more than 250,000 people from their homes.

In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

City adopts deer management plan

Oxford formerly adopted the Deer Management Plan city officials have been developing over the past year in response to the growing deer population inside the city limits.

For the full plan, visit www.oxfordms.net or request a copy at City Hall. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)

Deer issue divides Oxford

Both sides of the proposed deer management measure will have one last opportunity to voice their views before city leaders vote on Aug. 3. The deer management plan calls for both lethal and non-lethal measures to control the deer population, such as bow-hunting inside the city limits and habitat modification. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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