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Alyssa Schnugg

Fish fry puts dent in homeless hotel bill

Interfaith Compassion Ministry Director Lena Wiley wasn’t sure how much money was brought in from Tuesday’s fish fry fundraiser as of this morning, but one thing she did know for certain — people ate a lot of fish.

“We ran out of fish,” she said this morning. “I think it went really well. I hope it went well.”

The fish fry, held at First Baptist Church’s Family life center, served cat fish and chicken tenders for $10 a plate from 11 to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. All the proceeds will go toward ICM, particularly to help pay an outstanding $10,500 hotel bill that ICM owes to the Ole Miss Motel, which works with ICM all year to help house homeless and displaced persons temporarily. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

Stiffer charges sought for drug dealers

Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit’s Keith Davis, and the other investigators at Metro, are pushing adding “enhancement charges” to regular drug dealing charges. Enhancement charges include, selling drugs within 1,500 of a school or church or child endangerment, for selling drugs when a child is present.

An enhancement charge does just that — it enhances the sentence of the defendant if found guilty. Under state law, selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school allows a judge to double the penalty.

Several suspects charged with dealing drugs were indicted during the September grand jury and have been given enhancement charges along with being indicted with selling drugs.

See these and other indictments handed down by the grand jury in today’s EAGLE. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

State-wide twister training Wednesday

Most people think of tornados wreaking havoc in the spring as warm air coming up from the gulf tangles with the cold air left over from the winter.

However, November is another peak time for tornados to strike north Mississippi as the incoming cold fronts from the north greet the warmer air left over from the summer months.

To keep Mississippians on their toes and avoid injury during possible fall tornados, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will conduct a statewide tornado drill Wednesday to make sure all residents are prepared.

The National Weather Service offices will conduct the tornado drill using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)

Diabetes walk set Sunday

Olivia Estes is a Girl Scout with Oxford Troop 374. She likes music, especially teen pop star Justin Bieber. She plays basketball and enjoys drawing.

When the active 9-year-old isn’t busy being 9 years old, she’s making sure her diabetes is in check.

Olivia Estes is this year’s Oxford honorary chairperson for the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Square in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall. Family activities will include a visit from Rancor Raiders Garrison of the Mississippi with “special friends” Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. All money raised will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)

Company earns ‘F’ grade from BBB

When you deal with 20,000 customers selling magazines, Dan Wilson, owner of Exclusive Media Services in Oxford, says having complaints is unavoidable.

However, the Better Business Bureau claims having 128 complaints filed against a company the size of EMS is unacceptable. The BBB showed its views by giving the magazine sales company an “F” rating. (October 18, 2010, Page 1)

Local historic figures return for one night only

Kaye Bryant is taking her roll in this year’s Spirits of Oxford seriously.

Playing the Chickasaw Princess Hoka who sold the land that is now Oxford to settlers, Bryant is doing more than just donning a black braided wig.

“I learned how to speak a little bit of the language,” she said Thursday. “It was a challenge coming up with an accent to sound somewhat authentic but I’ve loved doing it.”

Bryant is one of several people who perform in this year’s Spirits of Oxford being held at 6 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Peter’s Cemetery. (October 15, 2010, Page 1B)

Vintage planes land in Oxford

The Delta Blues Stearman Fly-In is open to all aircraft and aviation enthusiasts and the general public is welcome to come out to the airport to see the aircraft and visit the pilots.

Several flying contests and events are planned for Saturday. The public is invited to pack their lounge chairs and come hang-out at the airport.

Stearman aircraft will be featured, as well as other vintage aircraft and more modern sport aircraft. (October 15, 2010, Page 3A)

Scruggs’ case examined in new Wilkie book

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is a friend of author Curtis Wilkie which he points out in the first sentence of the Author’s Note of his recently published book, “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” which highlights the rise and fall of the former trial attorney

Wilkie will be doing a book signing at Square Books at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the official release day. (October 15, 2010, Page 1A)

Transportation for elderly, disabled coming soon in county

When Lafayette County Board of Supervisors opted out of participating in the new Oxford-University Transportation over a year ago because they felt the busses would not serve county residents adequately, they still wanted to offer reliable transportation to the elderly and disabled people in the county.

Supervisors met with representatives from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who agreed to work with the county in providing transportation in the county for the elderly and disabled. RSVP currently provides transportation to those 55 and older and the disables but only within the city of Oxford.

RSVP will be running a 17-passenger bus and a mini-van in the county on a demand response system. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)

Court Briefs

Judge closes lawsuit against county

A lawsuit against former and current county officials claiming they railroaded former insurance agent Ken Nowlin into pleading guilty to crimes he didn’t commit, has been closed by a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Aycock found in favor of the defendants and ordered the case closed.

UM former employee pleads

Ben Willians, a former employee of the University of Mississippi, pleaded guilty Friday for stealing more than $67,000 while working in the Dean of Students office, according to the indictment. He was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation. (October 13, 2010, Page 2)

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