The search continues for Ricky Russell, 56, of Batesville, an Alzheimer’s patient who has been missing since wandering away from him home Tuesday morning. (August 25, 2011, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to four fires in a 24-hour period. Three of the four were due to lightening that struck during a fierce storm Thursday evening. (July 22, 2011, Page 2A)
Residents living in a five-mile radius of the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department’s College Hill station should see a decrease in the price of their homeowners insurance now that the Mississippi State Rating Bureau has reduced the area’s fire rating from 10 to 8. (July 7, 2011, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department is sending out letters for its 2011 fundraising campaign. (June 22, 2011, Page 3)
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)
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)
About 19 firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 852 Highway 30 East this morning to the home of Freddie Pinion of Alfa Insurance. The house was engulfed in flames, but Pinion and his family — including two children — made it out of the house safely.
Roy said the cause of the fire is unknown as of this morning, but County Fire Marshal Darren Roy will investigate to determine how the blaze started. (January 13, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette County volunteer firefighters got a little help staying cool from the Mississippi Forestry Commission recently.
Thanks to a grant from the commission, the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department received 20 “ready kits,” which contain a Nomex yellow coverall suit, wildland Bullard helmet, Nomex flame-resistant neck shroud, headlamp, gloves and safety glasses all packed into a yellow tote bag. (August 9, 2010, Page 3)
With the former occupants in prison, two homes that were left empty burned down early this morning on County Road 250.
Firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 49 CR 250 at about 4:54 this morning where they discovered a wood house and a mobile home on fire. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)
As fields and forests green up with the arrival of spring, wildfire season is winding down in Lafayette County. The Mississippi Forestry Commission was called out to about six or seven wildfires in the county during the month of March, and Lafayette County volunteer firefighters battled a few more on their own. (April 13, 2010, Page 1A)