JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that subdivision covenants will not hinder the Oxford Church of Christ in moving to a new site north of town.
In 2009, Lafayette County Circuit Judge Perry Lynchard Jr. ruled in favor of property owners Ernest and Bonnie Harland. His ruling said covenants on the 12-acre site the Harlands purchased in the Long Meadow subdivision would not prohibit the building of a church there.
The Long Meadow Homeowners' Association argued that their covenants allow only for the building of single-family homes. They objected after Harland purchased the property with the church in mind.
The Supreme Court, in Thursday's 6-1 decision, said land records for Long Meadow did not prohibit the construction of a church on land where Harland planned to build.
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