County News

Lafayette County Firefighters Earn EMT Certification

All full-time firefighters in Lafayette County are now EMT-certified, enhancing their emergency response to the community.   Earlier this year, all Lafayette County full-time firefighters became equipped with crucial life-saving skills by obtaining their EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certifications. To Lafayette County Fire Chief Wes Anderson, this decision just made sense. “Last year, we received…

A Day in the Life: Checking in with the Library

Laura Beth Walker, Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library branch manager, joined the library in the 1990s on the advice of a friend. “I graduated with an English degree, waited tables, worked in a record store,” she says. When her friend told her about an opening at the library, she applied for the job. “I…

3 Tips for Safe Boating This Summer

School’s out, and it’s the perfect time to go boating at one of Lafayette County’s lakes.  An important step to having an enjoyable boating experience is prioritizing safety. In 2020 alone, the American Boating Association counted 5,265 accidents and 3,191 injuries related to boats. Thanks to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Major Alan Wilburn, we compiled a…

Remembering Lafayette County Public Servant and Businessman Johnny Morgan

Long-time Oxford businessman and former Mississippi State Senator Johnny Morgan passed away this past Wednesday, May 17. Morgan, who was born in Lafayette County, will be remembered for his lifelong support of his county and its residents. Morgan was a true public servant. In addition to serving in the Mississippi State Senate for nearly a…

Join the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day to Safely Dispose of Waste

On Saturday, May 13th, Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority will host their free annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, where residents can drop off household waste items not safe for everyday garbage collection. For over 25 years, Three Rivers has organized these events to prevent hazardous waste from filling everyday landfills while also encouraging…

Task Force 1 Aids Recovery Efforts in Rolling Fork and Amory

At around 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24th, Mississippi Task Force 1—a specialized team of firefighters, first responders and emergency management workers—was activated to assist with recovery after the tornado devastation in Amory and Rolling Fork, Miss. Members with Lafayette County Emergency Management, Lafayette County Fire Department and Oxford Fire Department are assigned to this…

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Introduces New K9 Deputy

A new deputy has joined the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department: a German shorthaired pointer named Rip. After extensive training at a school in Alabama with his handler Deputy John Dutton, the two-year-old dog can now track and detect narcotics—a valuable tool for law enforcement.  The Lafayette County K9 unit is less than a year old…

A Day in the Life: Dialing In with the Lafayette County 911 Dispatch Center

Paul Lytle fell into working at the 911 Dispatch Center back in 2012. His sister, who worked with the Oxford Police Department, had convinced him that he’d love it. “It’s the nerve center of the county,” she said. He hadn’t understood what she meant at the time, but now, there’s no doubt about it. The…

Radar Technology Reveals Details About Lafayette County Courthouse Trees

County tests the health of historic trees   In December, an urban forestry consulting firm analyzed the trees around the Lafayette County Courthouse, looking for indications of vitality, disease or damage. Fulgham’s Inc., led by President David Fulgham, spent a day scanning the seven old trees that have provided shade around the historic courthouse for…

A Day in the Life: On Call with the Lafayette County Fire Department

Casey Henderson started carrying his fire radio at 16. Shortly after his first fire call—which he responded to along with his dad and uncle, both volunteers on the force in Grenada, Miss.—he realized firefighting would be his life’s work. In those early days, Henderson admits, the radio was an excuse to occasionally rush out of…