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Tutor family home hit, but no one injured

It lasted less than five minutes, but it felt like an eternity to the Tutor family as their home was being ripped away by a tornado early Sunday morning.

The tornado moved their home about five feet off its foundation and ripped away the 100-year-old oak trees, but everyone was safe. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A-10A)

Twister leaves death, destruction

The tornado that left one Abbeville woman dead and two homes destroyed was an EF 2 tornado, which means it was fast and powerful, according to the National Weather Service. The twister produced winds of up to 130 mph.
Two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm; the other hit Ashland where it killed three people. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)

Fierce storm kills 1

Diagnosed with cancer, Daniel Mertz was struggling with medical bills and other expenses when he sat down with Ability Works general case manager Phyllis Sabbatini on Thursday.
“I was without hope, but after just 30 minutes of talking to her, I had hope again,” Mertz said this morning. “She was just that type of person. Very kind and very understanding.”
Mertz found out this morning that Sabbatini died Sunday morning when her Abbeville home was ravaged by an EF2 tornado. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)

Tornado touches down in Abbeville; 1 dead

A tornado touched down in Abbeville early this morning, killing one woman, downing trees and causing structural damage in the area, according to local officials.

Phyllis Ann Sabbatini, a 45-year-old woman, was reportedly killed when the storm hit around 3:30 this morning, according to witnesses on the scene.

An unoccupied house trailer was also destroyed during the severe weather that moved through the northern part of the county this morning.

(more…) (May 2, 2010)

Sales tax collections continue to climb

The city sales tax collections continue their positive growth which means Oxford could find itself on solid financial ground for the first time since the economic slowdown began in 2008.

For the third month in a row, sales tax collections in Oxford climbed. This month’s report saw a big increase. (April 29, 2010, Page 3)

Abbeville Community meeting

A meeting concerning the Old Gordon Head Start Center, located on Old Highway 7 in Abbeville, now known as The Gordon Cultural and Community Center, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Providence United Methodist Church, located on Hurricane Landing Road. Organizers are asking everyone who attended Abbeville School/Gordon High School from approximately 1950 to 1972 to attend the meeting. (April 14, 2010)

Training underway for climb

Sure, we’re living in the hills of north Mississippi. But when it comes to training to climb one of the tallest mountains in the world, it takes a lot of hills to get there. Abbeville woman Janice Carr is set to climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro this fall, both to fulfill a personal goal and to raise money for Angel Ranch. (March 19, 2010, Page 1A)

Is Oxford’s economy rebounding?

It may be, according to a couple of key indicators — namely, the city’s collections on sales tax and on the 2 percent taxes on food-and-beverage purchases and hotel stays. Compared to a year prior, December’s sales-tax collections were up 8 percent and January’s were up 2.6 percent. While collections are still down for the fiscal year, they’re moving in the right direction.

 (March 4, 2010, Page 1)

Yocona in Exile

 (March 2, 2010)

An Abbeville revival

A new city hall and several new businesses are bringing a mini-boom to downtown Abbeville. Yocona in Exile and Abbeville Grill are giving the 450 citizens of the town north of Oxford a place to gather and eat. A $100,000 grant is allowing for a new city hall to be built by May, and in the meantime, city leaders want to continue enticing development. (March 1, 2010, Page 1)

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