Tony Wiley, owner and operator of the long-term rehabilitation residential facility Branch of Hope that houses up to 16 men at a time, knows what his clients go through. He’s walked in their shoes. And in helping to keep them clean, his own battle with sobriety gains strength daily. (April 8, 2011, Page 1A)
Homeless Task Force met on Sunday to discuss continued goals and projects already in place and plan for future projects aimed at helping reduce the amount of homeless and displaced persons in Lafayette County. (February 28, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette County Solid Waste Manager Bobby Jones said his department has caught six people illegally dumping on developed land in the county using hunting, motion-detection cameras in “hot spots” around the county where they’ve seen repeated dumping violations. (February 11, 2011, Page 1A)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two men they say are responsible for stealing almost $15,000 worth of car audio and video equipment from the local business, Bump in Da Trunk.
Charged with burglary are Blaine Everette Burrell, 18, of Oxford and Kyle McGrath Rogers, 23, who has been living between Oxford and Water Valley in recent months.
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit has arrested 21 people in the past six weeks on various drug-related charges. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into drug sales in the community. Nine of those arrested were University of Mississippi students, according to the Narcotics Unit.
See the list of names of those arrested in today’s EAGLE. (December 9, 2010, Page 2)
Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s favorite holiday band, the Yes Virginias, have reunited and are headed to a venue or an event near you. Page 20 in this week’s Oxford Town has information on the band and its upcoming busy holiday schedule which begins with three gigs in Lafayette County this Saturday, Dec. 4 (Taylor Holiday Farmers’ Market, Water Valley Christmas Parade and the Taylor Christmas Parade). Check out the quirky-cool holiday band in this week’s issue. (December 2, 2010, Page 20)
It’s funny how life works out sometimes. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks traces his recent steps that brought him full circle to working with The Oxford EAGLE again. (November 18, 2010, Page 4)
With his big eyes, surrounded by the kind of eye lashes most girls would envy, and his big dimpled smile, Jeremy Michael Barber earned the nickname “Gerber Baby,” during his years at Water Valley High School.
Barber, who went by his middle name Michael, died on Sunday after losing control of his vehicle while driving home from a party Saturday night on Highway 32 in Water Valley. He was 19 years old. (November 16, 2010, Page 2A)
A Water Valley High School graduate was killed late early Sunday morning when his vehicle ran off the road for unknown reasons.
Jeremy Michael Barber, 19, was pronounced dead by Yalobusha County coroner Ronnie Stark just after midnight Sunday on Highway 32 East.
Barber suffered massive trauma during the one-vehicle wreck. It was unknown this morning what caused Barber to lose control of his vehicle. (November 15, 2010, Page 2A)