MetroCast knows where the board of supervisors stand. ‘NO’ was the official word from Lafayette County Board of Supervisors as they considered a tax exemption for MetroCast. In the past year representatives from MetroCast have gone before the board asking for what they claim is a mandatory state law that would exclude them from paying certain taxes. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors decided that MetroCast’s tax status would hurt both city and county school districts. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin hopes the lack of any arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol during the four-day holiday weekend is a sign that people are getting the message to not drink and drive. (July 6, 2010, Page 1A)
This year the annual Fourth of July parade was short on funds and participants. Facing money troubles since the University pulled funding had folks like Pam Swain marching along with floats asking bystanders for contributions. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)
Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried by the sun. However, on Tuesday at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, creative youngsters turned paper towel rolls, tacks and imagination into some pretty impressive rainsticks. (July 1, 2010, Page 1B)
A new law, aimed at fighting the state’s growing methamphetamine problem, has made any medications containing pseudoephedrine no longer available over-the-counter. A doctor’s prescription is now required to purchase common cold and allergy medications that include Advil Cold and Sinus, Aleve D, Claritin D, Mucinex D, Nyquil D, Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus Severe Cold and Zyrtec D. (July 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Officers from several local law enforcement agencies responded to the Mississippi Federal Credit Union Bank on West Jackson Avenue on Wednesday to offer assistant to the Oxford Police Department in its pursuit of an alleged bank robber that resulted in the arrest of a Marks man. (July 1, 2010, Page 1A)
An attorney representing murder suspect Caleb Corrothers will be asking the court to continue his trial slated for July 26.
Corrothers, who is facing the death penalty, was charged in July 2009 with the deaths of Frank and Taylor Clark who were shot and killed July 18, 2009, in their Lafayette County home. (June 30, 2010, Page 1)
Two of five tornado sirens planned for Lafayette County have been put in place.
The first siren was installed at the Harmontown Fire Department last week. On Tuesday, Abbeville received its siren.
“We’re going to have to do some more programming,” said Lafayette County Emergency Management coordinator David Shaw. “But they are working well.” (June 30, 2010, Page 1)
Attorneys representing the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors denied allegations made by a former insurance agent who claimed the county set him up on conspiracy charges.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 29, 2010, Page 2)
There’s a turf war going on in Thacker Heights.
This time, it’s the not the Jets and the Sharks — it’s canines from the county versus city residents. (June 29, 2010, Page 1)