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Lloyd Oliphant

No planning review for churches?

The building of new churches and renovations to existing churches in the county will not be reviewed by the Lafayette County Planning Commission, according to proposed changes to the county’s subdivision regulations. (September 8, 2011, Page 1)

County proposes tax cut

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors will vote on Sept. 15 on the proposed 2011-12 fiscal year budget that includes a 7 mill decrease for county property owners. (September 7, 2011, Page 1)

Changes could help lame duck supervisors situation

Lame duck officials – those not re-elected to their current office but serving until new officials take office – are part of life and government. Editor Don Whitten offers a solution to dealing with the issue as he calls for changes in the fiscal year or when newly elected officials take office. (September 5, 2011, Page 4A)

Another supervisor voted out

Lafayette County Supervisor Ray Sockwell lost to Mike Roberts in Tuesday night’s runoff election. He’s the third incumbent supervisor to be voted out of office this election cycle. Sylvia Baker won her bid against Lisa Hickman Spragins to become Lafayette County’s Tax Assessor/Collector. Read about all the runoff election results in today’s Oxford EAGLE. (August 24, 2011, Page 1)

Baptist buys hospital

After two long years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp purchased the South Lamar and Belk boulevard building of its BMH North Mississippi hospital for $60 million and an additional $5.6 million from its Health Trust Fund. The city and county will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250 million facility in Oxford. (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)

Forgotten stash of silver discovered

Local officials have discovered 4,200 ounces of silver nitrate, or $200,000 worth of silver, in a lock box tucked away since 1989 from the former x-ray machines at the county hospital. (August 17, 2011, Page 1)

County trims budget

Several departments plan to spend fewer tax dollars during the 2011-12 budget year, which should help the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors maintain or even reduce the tax rate. A review of anticipated county department increases and expenses began Monday during a budget meeting with the supervisors. (August 10, 2011, Page 1)

Letters to the Editor

Glynna McKendree writes to thank all involved for helping the “Stand Behind Those Who Stood In Front of Us” campaign reach its goal much earlier than expected, and to remind everyone that the project and others to honor veterans is still ongoing. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

2 incumbent supervisors defeated

Two Lafayette County supervisors will lose their seats on the board at the end of this year after losing in Tuesday’s primary election, while a third incumbent will fight to retain his position during the Aug. 23rd runoff election. Supervisor Lloyd Oliphant was ousted by Chad D. McLarty while Supervisor Johnny Morgan lost to Jeff Busby. (August 3, 2011, Page 1)

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)

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