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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mike Pickens

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)

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)

Campaign trail can be treacherous

The biggest obstacle for local candidates going door-to-door isn’t the homeowners, but rather their pets. (August 8, 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)

County still cool to tennis courts

Representatives from the University of Mississippi, the city of Oxford and Lafayette County met Friday during a work session to discuss the county’s involvement in a project to build 12 additional tennis courts at the John Leslie Tennis Facility near the Oxford Activity Center. (July 25, 2011, Page 1, 3)

County shows little love for tennis

After almost an hour-long debate, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to meet with city of Oxford and University of Mississippi officials to discuss building additional tennis courts. (July 6, 2011, Page 1)

County OKs MOU with Baptist

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to accept the memorandum of understanding between the county, the city of Oxford and Baptist Memorial Health Systems to build a new $250 million hospital somewhere within the city limits. (June 6, 2011, Page 1)

Tennis effort may move forward

The University of Mississippi has committed $800,000 towards the expansion of the Leslie Tennis Facility. The city has also agreed to $1.5 million. The money is based on whether the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors will also agree to pay $1.5 million for the project. (May 25, 2011, Page 1)

County hires hospital negotiator

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has hired a Jackson attorney to help with negotiations with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. (March 16, 2011, Page 1)

County voices concerns over hospital

At their regular meeting Monday, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors say they’re concerned about the hospital possibly building its new $300-million regional referral medical center west of Oxford off Highway 6. However the county attorney warned them to not get involved in any promoting any particular place to put the new facility. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)

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