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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yocona

Summers stay busy on family farm

There’s always something to do when you grow up on a farm — and if you can’t find something, your folks certainly will. This week’s “A conversation with” talks about the farm life, the family business (Brown Family Dairy) and  raising children with Paula Klepzig Brown. (June 12, 2014, Page 3A)

Storms cost county $1.4 million

Six months after severe thunderstorms that produced a tornado and damaging straight-line winds wreaked havoc on Lafayette County, some families are still rebuilding. According to FEMA, more than $171,000 was given to local individuals through grants and low-income loans. The storms cost Lafayette County $1.4 million, according to officials. (October 31, 2011, Page 1A)

Storm victims face Tuesday deadline

The last day for victims of the April 27th storms to register for federal assistance is Tuesday. So far, in Lafayette County, 191 people have registered for help. (June 27, 2011, Page 1)

Tornado victims come together to rebuild

Driving down the roads where the tornado carved a path from the Highway 7-9 split, down to Pine Flat, through the Yocona community and ending at Highway 6 East, destruction is evident almost everywhere the eye can see. From fallen trees to houses missing roofs to homes demolished. What can also be seen is neighbor helping neighbor. (May 6, 2011, Page 1B)

Oxford base for Red Cross

The American Red Cross has set up a central command station at the Northwest Chapter in Oxford. More than 50 volunteers have come to the area from around the country to help the victims of last week’s devastating storms. (May 4, 2011, Page 1)

Sheriff reports looting in Pine Flat

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is patrolling the Pine Flat and Yocona areas in hopes to ward of looters after a tornado last week left dozens of homes unsecured and personal items scattered about yards. (May 4, 2011, Page 2)

Think before you burn

With warmer temperatures and light breezes, burning leaves and lawn debris can get out of hand quickly. However, the U.S. Forestry and Mississippi Forestry Commission have been burning hundreds of acres over the last week in an attempt to keep wildfires at bay. (March 22, 2011, Page 1)

Ready for severe weather?

Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)

Seeing the signs of springtime

Leah McCormick takes us a drive down Delay Road through Yocona where the signs of springtime are popping up all over. (February 18, 2011, Page 1B)

Tough times forces Yocona in Exile to close this weekend

After 15 years of serving eclectic, but always delicious dishes, the Yocona In Exile restaurant — previously Yocona River Inn — will close its doors this weekend.

Yocona in Exile was opened in Abbeville after a fire in the spring of 2009 destroyed the original restaurant, Yocona River Inn. Osborn relocated her restaurant and renamed it when she reopened it a year ago in Abbeville. The new restaurant gave the downtown area of the tiny town a spark of new life. (December 2, 2010, Page 2A)

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