We all want our children to have books and learn to read as soon as possible, but sometimes it’s a bit more costly than we can handle. So what’s a person to do? Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg takes on the issue and writes about a program that can help local children and families. (January 26, 2012, Page 4)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: Buckle up! This edition is literally packed with great art and entertainment events around the L-O-U community. Oxonian/author Julie Cantrell (gracing the OT cover) is having her first novel published next week (Feb. 1) and Off Square Books is hosting a launch party on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5 featuring Cantrell, champagne and chocolate – NICE!; OT editor Jeff McVay takes a final sneak peek at the 2012 lineup for the Oxford Music Festival set to begin Feb. 9; a Chinese ceramic art exhibit titled “On the Silk Road and the High Seas” is showing at the University Museum and a lecture by Virginia L. Bower is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 26; Internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Kallen Esperian will be featured in a concert at the Gertrude Ford Center on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.; Oxford Town gives an early heads up about a fantastic concert headed to Proud Larry’s in March – the Alabama Shakes; and the Oxford Film Freak (Melanie Addington) begins her pre-coverage of the 2012 Oxford Film Festival set (also) for Feb. 9 at the Malco Studio Cinema. CLICK HERE to download the complete issue in PDF format. (January 26, 2012)
What usually happens following a fender-bender? Trouble with insurance companies and body shops? Local columnist T.J. Ray tells the story of a recent wreck that went about as well as anyone could hope for – for a change. (January 26, 2012, Page 4)
OXFORD TOWN – The photo shown here caught one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, Tate Moore, jamming at a 2011 Thacker Mountain Radio Broadcast and we’re glad we have it in our archives because Moore takes the spotlight on Page 9 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town as we conclude our sneak peek at the Oxford Music Festival set to reload Feb. 9. This week’s spotlight includes bands and acts for Feb. 11 and 12 at Proud Larry’s, the Lyric Theater and Malco Studio Cinema. Check it out on Pages 9 and 10 in this week’s OT and go ahead and mark your calendars. (January 26, 2012, Page 9, 10)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford author Julie Cantrell (shown here with her dog, Ellie) just completed her first novel titled “Into the Free.” The inspiring new book is set for a release date of Feb. 1 and Off Square Books is celebrating by hosting a launch party on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. The party will feature a conversation with Cantrell, champagne and, well, chocolate. The photographs of Cantrell scattered throughout this issue (including the cover) were taken by Oxord Town music writer/phoptographer Kate Anthony who had instructions to take shots of Cantrell “that screamed Oxford.” Don’t miss the genesis of a great writing career next Tuesday at Off Square Books. Everyone is invited to drop in, meet Cantrell and share in the ultimate combo; chocolate, champagne and prose. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has complete details. (January 26, 2012, Page 8)
OXFORD TOWN – The University of Mississippi Museum examines ancient Chinese ceramics and the culture of their time with its latest exhibition, “On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce,” which will be on display from now through Aug. 4. Coinciding with the exhibition, the museum will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, featuring Virginia L. Bower (pictured here). Page 7 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has complete details. (January 26, 2012, Page 7)
The Oxford Reserve and Trust Fund Committee has narrowed down its search for an investment firm to handle Oxford’s recently acquired $30 million to a list of four companies that will be invited to Oxford on Feb. 17 to present their proposals in person and answer questions from committee members. (January 25, 2012, Page 2)
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has given 92 north Mississippi water associations until Friday to send him a copy of their bylaws, however many water associations are questioning if the commissioner has the legal right to do so. (January 25, 2012, Page 1)
After a year abroad, Peter Dunbar has returned to Oxford to share his experiences as a Rotary Ambassador (January 25, 2012, Page 1)
- Billie Charlene Beard Holden — 64, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harmontown Baptist Church in Harmontown.
- Rosieleane McEwen Washington — 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Highland Homes in Memphis. Services were held Saturday at the N.J. Ford & Sons funeral Home in Memphis.