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Lafayette County

County OKs $61 million budget

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved a $61 million budget Wednesday for the 2012-13 Fiscal Year budget, while maintaining the second lowest county tax rate in the state. (September 14, 2012, Page 1A)

William Faulkner – an appreciation

News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at the past and present of William Faulkner and wonders if he wouldn’t be accepted a bit better these days than he was when he was writing books at Rowan Oak. (July 6, 2012, Page 4A)

FYI, it’s time for FYI

Looking for contact information for a local government official? How about Rowan Oak’s hours? Maybe where you go to get electricity and water services started? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks knows very well where the answers are – in today’s FYI publication. (June 29, 2012, Page 4A)

More signs economy rebounding

Two recent reports offer the latest evidence that Mississippi’s economy is rebounding from the Great Recession. One report notes that Lafayette County’s jobless rate continues to fall. Local unemployment dropped from 7.6 percent in February to 6.9 percent in March. The state and local economies are expected to continue to gradually improve for the next three years before peaking in 2016, according to another report. (April 30, 2012, Page 5)

A special day

A phone call from a stranger about a photo that ran in The LafaShopper News produced an eventful trip and new friends for local columnist T.J. Ray, who relates details about his recent trip to Harmontown. (April 17, 2012, Page 4)

Yes, we like our charity events around here

Mississippians are known for giving, and those in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community must be among the best in the Magnolia State at that. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the popular local charity events after helping count votes for Best of Oxford. (April 16, 2012, Page 4)

Biker’s death reveals need for toxicology tests

Last fall’s death of cyclist Kevser Ermin on Highway 314 is apparently a closed case, but News Editor Jonathan Scott still has questions about the incident. Scott writes about some of those questions as well as the hope that laws will be changed about mandatory toxicology testing for those involved in all motor vehicle wrecks that result in death or serious injury. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

‘Cheesy grits’ have more substance than GOP agenda

Notice how grits seem to be part of any national political conversation about Mississippi? Those grits, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, have more substance than most of what Mississippians and others have been hearing from the men running for the Republican nomination for president. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

Star search: End of days or just another Dec. 21?

Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at Dec. 21, 2012, the date some predict the world as we know it will come to an end. Are we, locally, prepared for anything anywhere close to a major catastrophe, much less the end of the world? (March 1, 2012, Page 4)

Legend of Lafayette County’s lost Indian gold

Former Oxonian J.W. “Jay” Mitchell writes a guest column about a longtime local legend – gold that Indians received for their land was buried in Lafayette County – he heard at a recent class reunion. (February 28, 2012, Page 4)

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