The Lafayette County School District continued the process of letting employees go at the beginning of this week, citing a shrinking budget. This brings the total count to 23 employees who have lost their jobs since last Thursday. Seventeen others are retiring, and many will not be replaced. (May 14, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)
The end of the school year brings numerous retirements. This year, two couples, take their final bow together.
The Shollenbergers retire after more than 30 years of teaching drama. Leah Shollenberger retires at the end of this month from Lafayette High School and her husband Jim Shollenberger retired from the University of Mississippi.
The McClungs will retire after seven years from Lafayette School District and more than 35 years as educators. Ben McClung serves as assistant superintendent and ends his career as the last assistant superintendent. Due to budget cuts, his position will not be replaced. (May 14, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)
City leaders will consider Tuesday whether to allow for special exceptions for some Sunday alcohol sales. A proposed ordinance was submitted by the Oxford Restaurant Association to the Board of Aldermen asking for the sale of alcoholic beverages for Fathers Day, Fourth of July and home football game weekends. (May 14, 2010, Page 1A, 2A)
Every morning the day’s menu at Lusa’s Pastry Cafe is baked fresh. Preparing the sweet pastries is the first thing Carla Rego tackles before moving on to the meat pastries. When those are finished, she helps the head chef, Vincent Sims, with soups and other items on the menu. (May 14, 2010, Page 1B)
Despite ongoing dissent from many who live in the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood and other city residents, both downtown historic commissions approved a request for a new hotel and parking lot near the Square. The Historic Preservation Commission voted 5-4 on favor of the new hotel. The Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the parking lot across the street. (May 13, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)
Ridership for the Oxford University Transit bus system in April was up with 16,255 riders, an increase of 1,466 passengers from March. Despite the increased ridership this spring, with the onset of summer, expectations of ridership numbers are lower. (May 13, 2010, Page 1A)
A free prescription discount card will be available beginning Friday at Oxford City Hall and other properties to any resident of the city. The National League of Cities has partnered with CVS Pharmacies to provide a 20 percent discount on any drugs not covered by insurance. (May 13, 2010, Page 8A)
The seventh annual Tupelo Film Festival kicks off tonight with a special concert by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and a free outside screeing of “God’s Architects,” a feature documentary by Zach Godshall about divinely inspired architects including footage from Vicksburg. The concert and film also includes a fish fry on the Lee County courthouse lawn. (May 13, 2010, Page 11)
Oxford High School’s 200 seniors spent the day in the sun enjoying games and a cookout as a celebration of their senior year the day before final exams begin for many. School officials say the event was to do something fun for seniors, but also help cut down on school pranks. (May 12, 2010, Page 1)
Two new boutique hotels were approved by the Oxford Planning Commission on Monday – despite concerns about both proposed projects. Developers of the new University Hotel want to build their project next door to Sneed’s Ace Hardware on University Avenue. A second hotel was approved for Jefferson Avenue but the parking lot for the hotel was postponed until more information can be obtained.
- UPDATE: The Jefferson Avenue hotel project received approval for the certificate of appropriateness through the Oxford Historic Commission on Tuesday despite continued complaints from residents of the neighborhood. (May 11, 2010, Page 1)