Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)
Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.
Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)
It’s just a coincidence – News Editor Jonathan Scott isn’t into New Year’s resolutions – but Scott is planning to take part in a community program offered by Baptist Memorial Hospital titled “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” It’s a plan to help members of the community to develop a healthy lifestyle, something Scott feels certain will be a reward well worth the effort. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)
Thanks to the a new community health initiative, Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U., expert advice and support is free for those who wish to make 2011 the year they start living a healthier lifestyle.
The five-month program begins with a registration session Monday through Wednesday at the Baptist HealthPlex. Participants’ may stop by the HealthPlex any time between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. during these three days to record their weight, height, body mass index, and blood pressure to establish their starting point. (December 30, 2010, Page 1A)
The Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers of Lafayette County will hold its annual Holiday House Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory/Oxford Conference Center on Ed Perry Boulevard. Holiday House will have demonstrations, door prizes, a silent auction, MHV cookbooks, tea room and Christmas Carols. Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts. New toys will also be collected for Toys for Tots. Admission is free. For more information, call the office at 234-4451. (November 14, 2010)
The Oxford Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford Conference Center. More than 40 retails and individual artists will participate. Other features include pictures with Santa, on site monogramming and gift wrapping. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at Oxford City Hall or the Oxford Conference Center. For more information, contact Hayden Hiter with the Oxford CVB at 232-2367. (November 10, 2010)
A health fair for those 50 years of age or older will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. Blood sugar checks, vision, hearing, blood pressure and height/weight will be available at no charge, plus many vendors with valuable information. A fashion show, sponsored by JC Penney, and an exercise demonstration by Astria Goolsby of Verve will be held from 8:30 to 9. Flu shots will be available for $29.95 or, for those bringing their Medicare card, no charge. For more information, call RSVP at 232-2377. (November 8, 2010)
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)
To help introduce the nine candidates running in the contested judicial races in November, the TEA Party Oxford is holding a Judicial Candidates Forum on Monday at the Oxford Conference Center off Sisk Avenue.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute session for the public to meet and talk to the candidates. The forum will begin at 7 with the moderator, Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc, asking each candidate five questions. (October 8, 2010, Page 3A)
TEA Party Oxford will host a Judicial Candidates Forum on Monday at the Oxford Convention Center. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to meet and talk informally with the nine candidates who are seeking election to the bench Nov. 2 in four separate races. The program will begin at 7.
The candidates will respond to a series of questions pertinent to the duties of the court in which they seek to serve. Moderator for the evening will be Judge James L Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc, who currently serves as a circuit court judge in the First Circuit Court District, and is a former chancery court judge and Mississippi Supreme Court justice. (October 6, 2010)