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County ponders parking problems

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors kicked around ideas on how to alleviate parking problems at the Lafayette County Chancery Building during a meeting on Tuesday. (January 5, 2011, Page 2)

County: Open hospital talks

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold all future negotiations between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials in open, public meetings.

Supervisor Mike Pickens made the motion, claiming recent information released to the public through the media had been inaccurate.

The vote passed unanimously to hold all negotiations with Baptist in an open forum unless advised to do so otherwise by board attorney David O’Donnell. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)

County appeals drug court debacle

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors instructed county attorney David O’Donnell to file an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court against a final order given by a Circuit Court judge instructing them to not interfere with the operation of the county’s Drug Court.

The one-page appeal, filed Tuesday, says the supervisors are appealing the entire Final Order filed Sept. 21 by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth but doesn’t list any specific parts of the order. The appeal was filed after the board voted 3 to 2 granting O’Donnell permission to file the appeal during an executive session earlier this month. Supervisors Robert Blackmon and Mike Pickens were the dissenting votes.

Howorth, who started Drug Court three years ago, filed a “cease and desist” in June against the supervisors from interfering with the operations of the Drug Court and the Circuit Court in general. Howorth claims the supervisors have continually interfered with the operations of the Circuit Court, almost from the day the current board took office in 2008. He also ordered the supervisors to comply with all reasonable requests made by and on behalf of the Drug Court pertaining to Drug Court funds administered by Lafayette County. (October 21, 2010, Page 1)

Closed plant gets tax break

The Whirlpool Corporation got a $6 million assessment break Monday morning when the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to cut the tax assessment of the building and land down from $13 million to $7,750,000. (August 3, 2010, Page 1)

Supervisors OK response to Drug Court order

Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved a written response drafted by County Attorney David O’Donnell to a court order that instructed the board to cease and desist from interfering with business of the 3rd Circuit Drug Court. A copy of the letter has not been made available. (July 13, 2010, Page 2A)

County to respond to court order issued last week

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted to allow County Attorney David O’Donnell to draft a response to a court order issued against them last week that instructed them to follow through with its promise to be the funding conduit for the Third Circuit Court and it’s Drug Court until Union County can take over. (June 24, 2010, Page 2A)

Clockmaker gets more time

Lafayette County supervisors are giving Lloyd Larish, master clockmaker, a few more days to finish the work he started on the Lafayette County Courthouse before searching for someone else to complete the job. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)

Users say no to rate hike plan

Dozens of residents spoke out Tuesday in a public hearing against a proposed Bell Utilities rate hike for water and sewer services. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was on hand at the event held at the Lafayette County Chancery Building. (April 28, 2010, Page 1)

Residents object to rate hike request

Henry Pace and several other Lafayette County residents have issued complaints with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, protesting Bell Utilities’ request to raise its water and sewer rates by about 40 percent. (April 2, 2010, Page 1A)

Keeping things the same

LOCAL NEWS — At the first meeting of 2010 for the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors, the five-member board kept things pretty much the same for the new year. The board voted to re-appoint David O’Donnell as county attorney and Larry Britt as county engineer. (January 5, 2010, Page 2)

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