Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for their recent emphatic “No” vote on giving the local cable company, MetroCast, a tax exemption. Cutting taxes, especially for schools, is a big no-no with customers and the supervisors made that clear with their vote. (July 8, 2010, Page 4A)
You might think Lynn Sloan and others connected with the Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K are taking the summer off after their winter fundraising event. You’d be wrong. Editor Don Whitten catches up with Sloan and other race organizers to get an update on their offseason efforts. (July 7, 2010, Page 4)
This year the annual Fourth of July parade was short on funds and participants. Facing money troubles since the University pulled funding had folks like Pam Swain marching along with floats asking bystanders for contributions. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)
Jan Smith Shults of the University High School Class of 1960 writes to thank all of those involved with this year’s Grand Reunion of 2010 which celebrated those students, teachers and classes from UHS. (July 5, 2010, Page 4)
Heavy rains, high winds and lots of cloud-to-ground lightning wrecked havoc on some parts of Oxford Saturday afternoon. The storm, which blew into town around 3 p.m., toppled a few trees and caused a few power outages in the community, Oxford Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood said. (June 28, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department is investigating the theft of women’s lingerie from local female college students.
OPD has recently received four reports of someone entering a residence of four different female college students and taking several items of lingerie.
Anyone with information or needing to report similar incidents contact OPD Investigation Division at 232-2400. (June 25, 2010, Page 2A)
News Editor Jonathan Scott’s notion that the L-O-U community is a caring and giving one was only reinforced by recent work that showed 13 pages in the popular FYI section are dedicated to groups who give to the community. He also pointed to fundraisers and events held just in the past week that show local citizens, even in tough times, are ready to help others. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)
The community’s annual 4th of July weekend celebrates the red, white and blue, but it’s the green – or lack thereof – that’s causing concerns this year. One-third of the funding was cut this year leaving organizers to rally for volunteers to help begin raising funds for next year. (June 23, 2010, Page 1A)
During a football game, Rebel coach Houston Nutt and Bulldog coach Dan Mullan are on opposite sides of the field, both instructing their teams to do whatever necessary to beat the other’s team.
However, the two will come together on July 31 during the “Tailgate Together for Our Kids,” presented by Cellular South at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. (June 22, 2010, Page 1)
A tree has its own memories — its own stories. If it could share its story, the magnolia tree in front of the U.S. Federal Building on Jackson Avenue could help solve a mystery of when it was planted. (June 18, 2010, Page 1B)