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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jackson

Laws that could make things easier

When state Rep. Johnny Stringer issued a release after Gov. Haley Barbour signed his bill that allowed driver’s licenses to be renewed every eight years, he said it was a good law because it would make things easier for people and eliminate frustration. Editor Don Whitten offers up a few more suggestions for laws that would probably do the same for a number of citizens. (October 10, 2011, Page 4A)

Wrongful death suit moved to Oxford

A Hinds County judge has ruled the wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Mississippi in the death of football player Bennie Abram will be heard in Oxford at the Lafayette County Courthouse. (October 4, 2011, Page 2)

Homeless man defies stereotype

The family of the late Melvon Taylor are grateful for the kindness and generosity showed to their loved one during his 20-plus years living as a homeless man. (July 18, 2011, Page 1)

Administrative hearing set for DVP

An administrative hearing for the summary cease and desist order issued against the Domestic Violence Project Inc., in Oxford has been set for July 26 in Jackson. (June 2, 2011, Page 1A)

Are you up for a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl?

The Oxford Shrine Club has brought the carnival to town as a fundraising project, and the sights and sounds at the Sisk-Highway 7 intersection bring back vivid memories to Editor Don Whitten of his graduation from kiddie rides at the fair to the “big people” rides. Could a reunion be in the works for this weekend? (May 27, 2011, Page 4A)

Funds low for election chests

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)

Our elephant involves help with mental illness

Local columnist T.J. Ray points out the elephant standing in the corner of our room – the lack of help for folks with mental problems – and wonders when we’ll acknowledge it and do something about it. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

David J. Williams out on bond

David Jackson Williams, 28, is at home in Olive Branch with family after posting a $100,000 bond at about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was convicted in 2008 in the stabbing death of Demetria Bracey of Jackson three years before. The Supreme Court granted him a new trial in December ruling that the trial judge erred by not giving the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. Since the conviction was overturned, the presumption of innocence returns to Williams and was granted bond. A new trial date has been set for Oct. 17. (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

Legislators need to work this conflict out

There’s a new “R” word being thrown around that has folks up in arms – “redistricting.” State legislators cannot agree on new district lines for the state House and Senate, and now it appears some members of the House will be joining a lawsuit that could involve the Senate. Editor Don Whitten notes that legislators need to work this one out – and soon – or voters will take care of the problem in one or two upcoming elections. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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