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Year in Review, part 2: April to July

As we find ourselves with just one more week in 2018, it’s important to take time to look back at most impactful stories of the year.

Here is the second part of The EAGLE’s Year in Review.

County breaks ground on business and activity center

Participants in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lafayette County Business Center and the Lafayette County Arena toss a shovel of dirt, near Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

Members of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and other elected officials gathered on County Road 406 in April for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Lafayette County Business Complex and Multipurpose Arena, which was described as six years in the making.

Eric Axley wins Inaugural Mississippi Classic

Eric Axley won the Tour’s inaugural North Mississippi Classic at the Country Club of Oxford, in Oxford, Miss. on Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle)

Axley was named the winner of the inaugural North Mississippi Classic, which was shortened to 54-holes due to rain on April 22. It was the journeyman golfer’s second win on the Tour, and his first in 13 years.

Shots fired at The Lyric Theatre

New signage was erected at the Lyric Theatre on Van Buren Avenue in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The signage replicates how the theatre looked years ago. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle)

Police responded to a shot fired on April 27 as people were entering the Lyric Theatre for a “Shoot Your Shot” jersey party. One single shot was fired into the air, and partygoers evacuated the building. No one was injured from the gunshot, but one man was injured by broken glass as he escaped the theatre.

Lafayette High wins the Class 5A MHSAA tennis championship

Lafayette High vs. Stone County in the MHSAA Class 6A tennis championships at Parham Bridges Tennis Center in Jackson, Miss. on Monday, May 7, 2018. Lafayette High won 4-3 to win its first ever state tennis championship.(Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

Commodores claimed in their first state championship in their first state title appearance, defeating Stone County 4-3 in the Class 5A state tennis championship at the Parham Bridges Tennis Center.

Sherwin Haynie wins “Citizen of the Year”

Sherwin Haynie was named “Citizen of the Year” during the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Foundation’s annual meeting, at the Inn at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

Sherwin Haynie, of Abbeville, was named “Citizen of the Year” during the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Foundation’s annual meeting on May 16 at the Inn at Ole Miss. Haynie was chosen from a list of nominated candidates and judged by a committee on their positive volunteer contributions.

Ole Miss beats LSU for the SEC baseball crown

Ole Miss players celebrate following the championship win against LSU in the championship game of the SEC Tournament at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

Ole Miss’ pitchers four-hit LSU as the fourth-ranked Rebels erased an early deficit and tacked on runs throughout to claim the program’s third-ever SEC Tournament Championship, and its first since 2006, with a 9-1 win at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Long-time librarian Nancy Opalko retires

Nancy Opalko, at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library in Oxford, Miss. on Monday, June 11, 2018, is retiring at the end of the month.

To the children who visit the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, Nancy Opalko’s voice might sound like some of the puppet characters who have entertained them for years. This year marked Opalko’s 25th at the library, who retired at the end of June.

Lafayette County dedicates Fire Department Station 17

Fire coordinator Wes Anderson speaks during the dedication ceremony for the new Lafayette County Fire Department Station 17, near Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

The Lafayette County Fire Station 17, located on Highway 6 East, officially opened the week of June 4th. Coordinator Wes Anderson spoke during the dedication ceremony for the new station on Thursday, June 14.

The amorphophallus titanium, or corpse flower, visits Oxford

Sherrie Gussow, left, holds her nose as she and her son Shaun take a selfie with the amorphophallus titanum, also known as the titan arum, as it blooms in the foyer at the Thad Cochran Research Center at Ole Miss, in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The plant has a pungent aroma when it blooms.

The amorphophallus titanum, also known as the titan arum, bloomed in the foyer at the Thad Cochran Research Center at Ole Miss on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The plant features a pungent aroma when it blooms.

Ole Miss grad wins Miss Mississippi crown

Ole Miss student Asya Branch reacts to being crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 during the Miss Mississippi Pageant on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Vicksburg Convention in Vicksburg, Miss. (Courtland Wells, The Vicksburg Post)

Asya Branchm a Booneville, Mississippi native and an integrated marketing communications major at the University of Mississippi, was crowned Miss Mississippi after already holding the crown of Miss Tupelo.

Taylor storm topples trees, wipes out power lines

NorthEast Mississippi Electric Power Association workers make repairs to electric lines along Highway 328 near Taylor, Miss. on Friday, June 22, 2018. A storm went through Taylor around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Three major roads leading into Taylor were impossible to travel following a storm in Taylor, Mississippi. According to Taylor resident and alderman Ellen Meacham, Meacham was traveling home from Memphis at the time of the storm, and could see the lightning in front of her.


Yalobusha County woman dies of COVID-19 in Oxford hospital


Harmontown man arrested for commercial burglary


Oxford Film Festival doubling up with Water Valley drive-in


Crash in Marshall County leaves minor dead; Suspect fled the scene


City of Oxford forms Commission on Police Transparency


Track 61 restaurant closed, space for lease


Over 100 Oxford businesses received PPP loans


Tunes Around Town event will help support local artists


City of Oxford approves changes to parking ticket fines


Ole Miss international students plan fall semester amid deportation threat

Lafayette County

Randy Hope celebrates 25 years at First Baptist Church of Abbeville


Lafayette County School District approves return to school plan


Lafayette County Supervisors vote no on moving Confederate statue


Theatre Oxford’s 10-Minute Play Contest now open

Lafayette County

The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library closed due to “potential” COVID-19 exposure


Oxford Board of Aldermen vote to scale back indoor gatherings


Dodo Pizza finds new home; moving July 12


Oxford men arrested for stolen firearms


Oxford Police Department reminds everyone to stay safe this 4th of July

Lafayette County

Confederate statue not on Board of Supervisors agenda, will still be addressed


University FSL Director reminds Greek Life members to follow COVID-19 guidelines


Oxford Creamery announces new doughnut shop


Commercial Burglary suspect arrested by Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department


Oxford businesses could be closed temporarily for failure to comply with COVID-19 requirements