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Lafayette County

Separation of church, state can get confusing

The Mississippi State Senate approves a chaplain. Judges out west rule that a cross at a park is unconstitutional. Where’s the separation of church and state and where is the middle ground. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg takes on the wide variety of responses to the issue and suggests that more clear-cut laws would help eliminate these “What?” moments of conflict. (January 20, 2011, Page 4)

We can all help with this school project

A letter to the editor from a 14-year-old student in Muskegon, Mich., is asking for help from Oxford EAGLE readers on a school project about life in Mississippi. Editor Don Whitten gets the ball rolling for Logan Moore by writing him a letter in his column telling a bit about our community, our schools, our weather, et cetera. (January 19, 2011, Page 4)

Early history of medical care in Oxford

With an upcoming meeting planned to discuss possibilities for a new facility for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, Oxford EAGLE Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips take a look back at medical care in the community from the 1950s to today. (January 14, 2011, Page 4A)

Public meetings help produce public input

Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that public input through attending public meetings – before decisions are made – is essential to making decisions about local programs and projects such as school and hospital expansion and growth. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

Free program offers a lifetime of benefits

It’s just a coincidence – News Editor Jonathan Scott isn’t into New Year’s resolutions – but Scott is planning to take part in a community program offered by Baptist Memorial Hospital titled “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” It’s a plan to help members of the community to develop a healthy lifestyle, something Scott feels certain will be a reward well worth the effort. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Kenny G. Coleman writes to note the past contributions of the local Baptist Memorial Healthcare System and to encourage the community to support BMH’s expansion plans. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

Let’s not miss an opportunity with hospital

Harry Sneed, a local businessman and former president of both the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, writes a guest column calling on local officials to work quickly and efficiently so as not to miss an opportunity to expand local health care services through growth of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. (December 21, 2010, Page 4)

We’ll still be paying – just at a different level

Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Debbie Cook Hewlett writes to urge members of the community to share in the excitement of the Lafayette High School football team winning a state championship and going 16-0 by helping members of the team raise money for championship rings, while Joanne and Mark Wilkinson congratulate the Ole Miss Theater Department for an outstanding job with “A Christmas Carol.” (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

Unemployment rate climbs slightly

After the local unemployment rate dropped for a couple of months late this summer, the percentage of jobless workers In Lafayette County has been inching up the past two months. For October, the county recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, or two-tenths of a percentage point higher than September’s jobless rate of 7.1 percent. (November 29, 2010, Page 6A)

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