Bridge project may take three years to complete connecting Oxford and Taylor.     The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently announced plans to replace all of the wooden bridges on Highway 328 in Lafayette County. The estimated cost for the project is $9.1 million. Highway 328 leads into the Taylor community and serves as one of two connecting roads between...

The city of Oxford is working with Lafayette County officials and FNC, Inc. to build a new frontage road along Highway 7. Last week, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to seek a $2.3 million Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for the construction of the north leg of a frontage road that would...

The Christian Science Monitor of Nov. 7 reported that youth voters once again influenced the outcome of the presidential election. Citing data from the National Exit Poll, The Monitor reported that millennials aged 18 to 29 made up 19 percent of the electorate in this election cycle, up one percentage point from 2008, which was already a record-breaking youth vote turnout. President...

  By Allison Brooks, Chandler LeDoyen and Jared Senseman After Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant sparked controversy by urging voters to show ID when they vote on Tuesday, Democrats in Lafayette County have been trying to get the word out that there is no law requiring an ID to vote in Mississippi. Mississippi's voter ID law is still pending approval from the...

By Clancy Smith and Mary Adele Smith The number of voters in the Lafayette County area is expected to be larger than usual, according to Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill. “This election is going to be so different from most elections that we have; the presidential election always is because more people come out than they would for a regular county or municipal...

Election Day has arrived, and while the polls are open for voting, the work for the employees at the County Circuit Clerk’s Office is far from over. Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Baretta Mosley believes that voter turnout for this year’s election will be high. “Usually our absentee ballots are an indicator for the number of voters and our absentee numbers...

The large population of deer have caused several car accidents, roamed through yards, trampling and eating crops, which has prompted Oxford locals to take matters into their own hands. “Homeowners and landowners put their name on a list, and the selected hunters contact each homeowner or landowner to request permission to hunt on their property,” said Lann Wilf, Mississippi’s...

With the presidential election a little more than 30 days away and the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi set for Saturday, students at The University of Mississippi are encouraged to register today and Friday in the lobby of the J.D. Williams Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students may register to vote in Lafayette County rather than by absentee ballots in their...

A panel of individuals who were on The University of Mississippi campus during the integration riots gathered on Wednesday afternoon for an open group discussion about the violent events that took place on Sept. 30, 1962. The panel, moderated by associate journalism professor Dr. Kathleen Wickham, was comprised of a retired university administrator, a former faculty...

On Sept. 17, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 29 new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s yearly total to 169 cases and four deaths. The virus has spread across a large portion of the state, though no cases have been confirmed in Lafayette County. As both the rate of infection and media exposure steadily increase, along with the emergence...