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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A CONVERSATION WITH… — Recently retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Abbeville native Ricky Roy is now working part-time with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. After 27 years of driving — a good 900,000 miles on the road — he’s settling into a new rhythm and looking towards the future. (February 25, 2010, Page 3)
Jack Mayfield continues his series on the history of local communities with a visit to Abbeville. The old McEachin home, destroyed by a tornado in 1929, was the site of Union occupation during the Civil War — and possibly of the first surgical operation performed in north Mississippi. (February 5, 2010, Page 2B)