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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lafayette County

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)

Explaining the somewhat-confusing judicial races

We just over a month away from mid-term elections which, around these part, include district circuit and chancery court judge races. Yes, that’s what the vast majority of campaign signs around the community are about. For those a little confused about who they can vote for, Editor Don Whitten gets a bit of help from the circuit clerk’s office. (September 27, 2010, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Milly Moorhead West writes to support Rep. Travis Childers and to urge people to not believe everything they hear or see in political ads. (September 23, 2010, Page 4)

Community’s jobless rate drops in July

Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)

Open meetings, easy access better for reporters, public

Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has been in the reporting business for several years, including many in Florida before she moved to Oxford. She recalls the openess of meetings and records and the easy access she had in the “sunshine” state, and writes that if Mississippi could be more like that overall then reporters and the public alike would benefit. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

Let’s remember all affected by Katrina

Hurricane Katrina hit land – on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi – five years ago Sunday. Editor Don Whitten mentions all of the programs and specials marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly and destructive hurricane, but wonders why it seems like there is usually more mention of New Orleans than of the effect on Mississippi. (August 30, 2010, Page 4A)

City proposes water, sewer rate hike

The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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)

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