A 55-year-old Oxford man died this morning after he lost control of his 18-wheeler on Highway 30.
Early reports say the man was traveling east near County Road 257 at about 4 this morning when his tractor trailer hit a fallen pine tree that was in the road. He lost control of the truck and ran off the road. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he was pronounced dead, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, (April 27, 2011)
The Lafayette County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of 11 new single-family residences in Tuscan Hill. The commission also approved two road variances for subdivision. (April 26, 2011, Page 2)
Another storm front will be covering most of the Mid-South today through Wednesday and is expected to produce severe thunderstorms that include large hail — like last week’s storm, complete with high winds and possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Lafayette County is under a flash flood watch, flood warning and tornado watch until midnight, unless canceled or continued, through Wednesday by the NWS. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)
From Meals on Wheels to WIN Job Centers, Three Rivers provides education possibilities, workforce training and services to the elderly on a regular basis. (April 25, 2011, Page 1A)
Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)
The Relay of Life for Oxford-Lafayette County is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. May 6 in front of J.C. Penney’s department store on West Jackson Avenue in the old Oxford Mall parking lot. So far, the event has raised close to $50,000 in donations. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)
Watt Bishop and his son Beau Gibb show off Bishop’s “green” home on 14th Street. From the front porch made from recycled plastic bags to the bamboo floors, the house was built to be comfortable and environmentally friendly. See today’s Oxford Living for a look inside the home. (April 22, 2011, Page 1B)
On Wednesday, the Oxford Military Order of the Purple Heart presented University of Mississippi head football coach Houston Nutt with a plaque of appreciation for Nutt visiting troops in the Middle East two years as part of the Under Armour Coaches Tour. (April 21, 2011, Page 8)
The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
Bilethon Autry pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers for shooting and killing his brother during a three-hour standoff with police in September 2009 in the Grand Oaks subdivision. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter with six years suspended and an additional 15 years for shooting at police. He will serve 24 years before being released. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)