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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lafayette County

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)

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)

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