In the first four months of 2010, Lafayette County’s unemployment rate has dropped from 10.3 percent in January to 8.2 percent in April, according to a new jobs report. (May 28, 2010, Page 5A)
Building may not be booming, but it’s far from a bust. Permits for new construction in the city of Oxford have doubled since the first of the year, leading city officials to feel slightly more optimistic about the resurgence in the local economy. (May 26, 2010, Page 1a, 2a)
After 26 years of helping others enjoy the outdoors, Mississippi State University Extension Service County Director Jon Ruscoe will be spending more time with Mother Nature and his own family after he retires at the end of June. (May 26, 2010, Page 1A)
With the Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, it’s almost impossible to avoid mosquitoes, lots of sunshine and barbecues over the next few months.
Taking a few extra steps can keep summer a safe and happy time for all residents. (May 26, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office are joining with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the 2010 Click It of Ticket campaign which begins Monday and runs through June 6. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A)
The members of the North Mississippi Trail Riders Association will host a free trail ride at 10 a.m. Saturday at the trailhead located on Highway 30 East, about 9.5 miles from Oxford on CR 2073.
The Forest Service request participants wear an orange vest during the ride because it is turkey hunting season. Riders should bring a sack lunch and drink. The slow ride will take about four hours while the gaited horse ride will last about 2.5 hours. Overnight camping is available at no charge on a primitive camp site.
Association dues are $10 for individuals or $15 for families and are voluntary. Funds are used for trail and restroom maintenance. For more information, contact Wayne at (662) 801-2611 or email@example.com. (May 21, 2010)
Have you noticed the shorter lines – at stores, restaurants, four-way stops, et cetera these last few days. It’s that special time of the year when the University of Mississippi population drops for a couple of weeks and yet the local school children are still in class. It’s not something we’d want permanently, Editor Don Whitten writes, but it is a time to enjoy. (May 12, 2010, Page 4)
Dozens of residents spoke out Tuesday in a public hearing against a proposed Bell Utilities rate hike for water and sewer services. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was on hand at the event held at the Lafayette County Chancery Building. (April 28, 2010, Page 1)
After Lafayette County’s unemployment rate topped out at 10.3 percent in January, the community’s jobless numbers have steadily declined. The community’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent in March, according to the latest report by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. (April 23, 2010, Page 5A)
For Tim Frieson, the sweeping wall of the west-facing windows in the Oxford Middle School Cafeteria reveals more than just a treeline and surrounding buildings. In a most literal way, it’s a window to his childhood. In “A Conversation With …” Lucy Schultze talks with Frieson about his memories of growing up in Freedmen Town and what he’s trying to do today to help youngsters much like him. (April 15, 2010, Page 3)