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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lafayette County

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)

Showing our appreciation to those who help others

Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)

Hard work behind the scenes pays off

A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)

Maybe I’m a dreamer, but at least I show up

Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes on non-voters and those who don’t attend meetings that will affect their community and way of life just a few days after midterm elections. She urges residents to take part in the entire process and to let elected and appointed officials know how they feel about issues. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)

Jobless rate inches up

Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)

A drinking town with a football problem

Local physician Dr. Will Dabbs weighs in on the culture of alcohol in the LOU community and how it affects so many. He relates, in a guest column, cases he’s had to deal with in his profession, and says it’s not just a money issue, a moral issue or a religious issue. (October 6, 2010, Page 4)

Jobless rate drops by 30 percent in August

Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)

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