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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Alyssa Schnugg

County schools consider block class schedule

The Lafayette County School Board is considering turning away from traditional class scheduling and implementing a block schedule at the high school.

On Monday, the board voted to allow Lafayette High School principal Rodney Flowers to make a formal presentation at the Dec. 7 meeting.

(more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

Pauper burial OK’d for woman

On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for  Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.

Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.

(more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

Polls open at 7 a.m.

Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.

“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.

But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.

All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.

There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

Ole Miss to show university’s first 3-D commercial

The 90-second film will be played at the end of half-time during Saturday’s game on the “jumbotron.” The 3D glasses will be placed on each seat in the stadium Friday night and Saturday morning by a local Boy Scout troop. The theme of the promo had been kept tightly under wraps until recently. However, a poster made to promote the event gives away some clues the film will feature Ole Miss athletes as giants.

(more…) (October 29, 2010, Page 1B)

Fashion show to celebrate surviving breast cancer

LaVera Hodges is now cancer free and taking life one day at a time. To help other survivors feel as good as she does, she is holding the second “Struttin’ Pretty in Pink” breast cancer fashion show to raise awareness and donations as well as give survivors a chance to simply feel pretty.

The fashion show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist association building off Highway 334.

The models will be survivors, current cancer patients and family and friends of those dealing with cancer. (October 29, 2010, Page 11A)

Lafayette County voters to select coroner in Nov. 2 voting

If the outcome of an election can be based on the amount of friends someone has on a Facebook page, the race for Lafayette County coroner seems neck-and-neck.

Rocky Kennedy, currently serving as the county’s interim coroner, has 267 “friends” on his “Rocky Kennedy for Coroner” Facebook page, while Richard Shivers has 262 on his Facebook page.

Lafayette County voters will decide Tuesday who the next county coroner will be: Kennedy, Shivers or Lonnie Weaver. (October 29, 2010, Page 1A)

Rain doesn’t dampen burn ban

A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for all of Mississippi despite much-needed rain showers soaked parts of North Mississippi recently.

However, the southern part of the state is still bone dry.

The burn ban was issued by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this month after the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommended the ban to help prevent uncontrolled forest and brush fires after a hot, dry summer left much of Mississippi’s landscape dehydrated. (October 27, 2010, Page 1)

Fire leaves families homeless

Six Lafayette County families were left homeless this weekend when a fire ripped through the Pine Cove Creek Apartments Friday evening. Lafayette County fire inspector Darren Roy was called in to investigate the fire who said the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

No one was hurt in the fire but the six families were left with nothing.

The Lafayette County chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the families with shelter, food and clothing. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check to: North Central Mississippi American Red Cross Service Center, P.O. Box 97, Oxford, MS 38655. For more information, call 236-1282. (October 26, 2010, Page 10)

OPD SWAT team on target

Being a sniper is generally not a qualification to be a school resource officer. However, Oxford High School’s Capt. Philip Zampella says it makes him a better policeman.

Zampella and OPD officer Sean Eyler took fourth place in the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association SWAT training in Meridian earlier this month. About 18 teams from around the state competed in the sniper shooting and entry competitions. Zampella and Eyler were two of six OPD SWAT teams members who attended and participated in the competition. The OPD SWAT team earned fifth place in the competition. (October 26, 2010, Page 1)

MRC looking for volunteers

While a national program, the local North Centeral Medical Reserve Corps was founded locally about a year ago and is partnered with the city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. MRC was given federal money to start the program that is under Oxford’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program umbrella.

MRC volunteers will assist in medical disaster operations during times of emergency and participate throughout the year doing public education programs that will touch on subjects such as pandemic flues, disaster preparedness and good health topics.

MRC is holding an information meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Activity Center in hopes of recruiting more volunteers for its program. (October 25, 2010, Page 2A)

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