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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lafayette County

Letters to the Editor

Tom Hoar writes to respond to a recent letter by Jason Plunk about Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford, noting that arguing “economic development” as the major factor can work both ways. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

William A “Bill” Frohn writes to urge local officials to consider tranquilizer guns and darts to take down deer temporarily and make it easier and safer to remove them, while Carolyn Ross gives readers some thoughts to ponder as the midterm elections draw near. (July 26, 2010, Page 4)

Jobless rate inches up

Just as the temperatures climb in Oxford every summer, so, too, do the numbers of unemployed. As it seems to do nearly every June, the unemployment rate in Lafayette County inched up. The jobless rate climbed from 9.6 percent in May to 9.9 percent in June. (July 23, 2010, Page 5A)

United Way steamlining focus

Through research, a Transition Committee has been formed by the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County that’s designed to coordinate a community agenda for change by focusing on three main areas — health, education and income. Over the next few weeks, The Oxford EAGLE will publish a series of articles that examine the United Way’s three focus areas and what plans are in place or being considered to improve the health, education and income of our area’s residents. (July 22, 2010, Page 1A)

Cable company leaves Lafayette County out in the cold

Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for their recent emphatic “No” vote on giving the local cable company, MetroCast, a tax exemption. Cutting taxes, especially for schools, is a big no-no with customers and the supervisors made that clear with their vote. (July 8, 2010, Page 4A)

Disability’s financial crisis

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, writes a guest column about how cuts to Medicaid are having serious effects on persons with disabilities both locally and nationally. Local examples given by Weber show the concern about what could be ahead. (July 6, 2010, Page 4A)

The daylily — Queen for a day

Garden columnist Dickie King spotlights the daylily garden of Lafayette County resident Carol Parcher. She has been collecting them for years and still has quite a show of them at her wonderful “piddle” farm. (June 25, 2010, Page 3B)

Jobless rate rises again

After three months of steadily declining unemployment, the community’s jobless rate reversed course and started climbing again. While unemployment increased in May, some other new reports indicate the economy is continuing to rebound from what’s been described as the worse recession since the Great Depression. (June 25, 2010, Page 1A)

County to respond to court order issued last week

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted to allow County Attorney David O’Donnell to draft a response to a court order issued against them last week that instructed them to follow through with its promise to be the funding conduit for the Third Circuit Court and it’s Drug Court until Union County can take over. (June 24, 2010, Page 2A)

A soft touch during hard times

News Editor Jonathan Scott’s notion that the L-O-U community is a caring and giving one was only reinforced by recent work that showed 13 pages in the popular FYI section are dedicated to groups who give to the community. He also pointed to fundraisers and events held just in the past week that show local citizens, even in tough times, are ready to help others. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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