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John Gregory

Parties gear up for primary elections

Local circuit court and chancery judges qualify for 2014 election while U.S. Senate and House races get ready for June primary. (April 30, 2014, Page 1, 16)

New judge to be sworn in on Thursday

An investiture ceremony will be held Thursday for newly elected Third Circuit Court Judge John A. Gregory who will fill the seat left open by Judge Henry L. Lackey, who officially ends his 17 years on the bench on Friday.

The ceremony will take place at 2 this afternoon at the Chickasaw County Courthouse in Okolona, where Gregory served as county prosecutor for 23 years. (December 30, 2010, Page 2A)

Retiring judge honored

The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.

He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31.  About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)

Judicial races decided

Judge Edwin H. Roberts didn’t spend this morning lounging around enjoying the afterglow of winning the election last night.

He was up, bright and early, picking up his campaign signs.

Roberts won Tuesday’s election and holds onto his chancery court judge seat for another four years. He took 75 percent of the votes in Lafayette County and 69 percent of the votes for all of District 18, which covers five counties. His opponent, Helen Kennedy Robinson, had 31 percent of the votes.

Also retaining his place on the bench was Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Elliott, who won with 57 percent of the vote. Chickasaw attorney John Gregory snagged the seat occupied by retiring Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun County. He beat out attorneys Tom Levidiotis and Dave Rozier, both of Oxford, with 63 percent of the votes. Court of Appeals Judge Donna Barnes of Tupelo defeated challenger, attorney Kelly Mims, with 53 percent of the vote. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)

Polls open at 7 a.m.

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)

Voters get to know judicial candidates

During a two-hour political forum last night hosted by the TEA Party Oxford, judicial candidates  introduced themselves to voters, giving their pitches as to why they are the most qualified candidate and expressed views on a handful of topics.

The event started off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and was moderated by the honorable — and often witty — Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc.

“The public is often unconcerned about who holds a judgeship unless and until they get a case in court,” Roberts said at the beginning of the forum, held at the Oxford Conference Center. “Then they say, ‘How on Earth did you get to be a judge?’ Judges hold great power. Take time to learn about the candidates so you may case an informed vote.”

All nine candidates running for Chancery, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals positions attended the forum. While there are 11 candidates on the ballot for the November election, two races are unopposed. Only the contested race candidates were invited to take part in the forum. (October 12, 2010, Page 1)

Meet judicial race contenders at forum

To help introduce the nine candidates running in the contested judicial races in November, the TEA Party Oxford is holding a Judicial Candidates Forum on Monday at the Oxford Conference Center off Sisk Avenue.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute session for the public to meet and talk to the candidates. The forum will begin at 7 with the moderator, Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc, asking each candidate five questions. (October 8, 2010, Page 3A)

Registration for November election ends Saturday

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 2 is this Saturday.

The Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registrations.

Those wishing to vote absentee must have their ballots mailed in enough time for them to be at the Circuit Clerk’s Office by Nov. 1. The office will be open 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 to allow voters to come in and vote absentee. (September 29, 2010, Page 1)

Explaining the somewhat-confusing judicial races

We just over a month away from mid-term elections which, around these part, include district circuit and chancery court judge races. Yes, that’s what the vast majority of campaign signs around the community are about. For those a little confused about who they can vote for, Editor Don Whitten gets a bit of help from the circuit clerk’s office. (September 27, 2010, Page 4A)

Candidates for judicial races set

With the deadline to qualify for the 2010 election over, voters now know who will be competing in the judicial races this fall. (May 11, 2010, Page 2)

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