Lots of projects – Olin Corp.’s Centerfire plant, the new Oxford High School and talks about the sale of the hospital – got rolling in the first quarter of 2011, but there was one ball that really got rolling as more than a foot of snow fell in two separate storms the first two months of the year. Take a look back at January, February and March’s events in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (December 27, 2011, Page 1)
Mary Alice Busby said good bye to friends and fellow coworkers Friday night during her retirement party. Busby has served as Lafayette County circuit court clerk for more than 24 years. (December 12, 2011, Page 1)
Hollaman ‘Holly” Raney won the Democratic ticket in Tuesday’s primary in the House of Representative District 12 race. He will face Brad Mayo in the general election in November. In the District 10 race, Democrat Greg Hodges will go against Republican Nolan Mettetal. In the District 13 race, Democrats Don Randolph and Billy Gray will face each other at the runoff election. (August 3, 2011, Page 2)
Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)
State legislators shared an update with the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and business leaders on Wednesday. A focus on education and mental health caused the most strain on planning of this year’s budget. (May 5, 2011, Page 5)
When State Rep. Warner McBride announced Tuesday he was not seeking re-election this summer, he joined two other House incumbents who have been serving Lafayette County in choosing not to return to Jackson.
In other words, three of Lafayette County’s four lawmakers will be leaving the state House. As a result, Lafayette County’s political pull in Jackson could be weaker for a while. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
Noal Akins announced his retirement after eight years in the District 12 House of Representatives. Ward 6 Oxford Alderman Brad Mayo (R) announced his intention to run. (March 31, 2011, Page 1)
Local legislators are working to pass a new bill that would require prosecutors to include a special allegation of sexual motivation in felony criminal cases when sufficient evidence exists to justify a finding of sexual motivation. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register under the Mississippi sex offender registration law. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette County state lawmakers expressed hope of a brighter economic future for north Mississippi with the addition of three new industrial operations in the area at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting sponsored by the Oxford and Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and held at the Oxford Conference Center on Monday. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
Even the Oxford-Lafayette County area is not safe from redistricting, according to maps and information provided Thursday evening at one of several meetings being held by the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting.
The meeting was held in Fulton Hall on the University of Mississippi campus with about 75 in attendance. About 20 representatives and senators from around Mississippi who are on the committee were also present, including Tommy Reynolds, who represents parts of Lafayette County. (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)