The Oxford tennis team got its 2011 season and district play off to a fast start Tuesday with a 7-0 win over West Point on the road. The Chargers had little trouble dispatching the Green Wave thanks to a solid overall performance led by boys singles player Zach Wilder, who defeated Carson Miller 6-0, 6-0. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
Despite a seven-run fourth inning, the Oxford High baseball team was unable to overcome a fast start by Olive Branch in a 15-10 loss Tuesday night. The Chargers (1-2) got to within a run of the Conquistadors at 3-2 in the top of the third, but they fell behind by 10 runs after Olive Branch scored nine in the bottom half of the frame. OHS was within 12-10 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but was unable to score the rest of the way as Olive Branch tacked on three more runs. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
Mary Katherine Perry writes to thank all of those individuals and businesses who helped make the recent Feed the Hunger pack-a-thon the big success it was with more than 142,000 meals packed for starving children in Africa. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)
Lee Habeeb’s guest column, which originally ran in the Washington Examiner, gives a local perspective on unrest in the Middle East. Habeeb points out similarities and differences between Arabs and writes that lasting peace is the ultimate goal for all concerned. (March 2, 2011, Page 4)
GED testing is being offered by Northwest Mississippi Community College at the WIN Job Center in Oxford on the first Wednesday of every month. At least three weeks prior to testing, an applicant must come to the WIN Job Center to complete all steps of the registration process. For more information, contact Amy Savage or Meghan Feltenstein at 234-3231. (March 1, 2011)
Celebrating March as National Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross of Mississippi is launching a statewide Heroes campaign. For almost 130 years, volunteers with the Northwest Mississippi Chapter have been heroes to people throughout the Oxford community, lending aid during times of disaster, supporting military families and training citizens in lifesaving CPR and first aid skills.
“Heroes for the American Red Cross” is a grassroots campaign where local business people, school groups, church groups, civic clubs, and individuals pledge to raise $1,000 or more for their local Red Cross chapter. This year, the Northwest Mississippi Chapter hopes to raise $40,000 during this campaign to support Red Cross services including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, first aid and CPR training and disaster preparedness information for our community. All money raised will support your neighbors in Mississippi. This campaign is open to all for involvement. For more information, contact the Oxford Office of the American Red Cross Office at 236-1282. (March 1, 2011)
Positive All The Way is accepting applications for the second annual Sixth-Grade Beauty Review and the Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Beauty Review. Those interested can e-mail Positive_atw@yahoo.com or call Jo Vonn Reed at 662-801-6073 for an application. Application fee is $20. The beauty reviews will be March 26. (March 1, 2011)
The Lafayette County TRIAD will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety class March 25 at the Oxford Activity Center. The class will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The fee covers the class training, materials and a certification of completion for each participant. Registration is required by calling RSVP at 232-2377. (March 1, 2011)
Students will have an opportunity to give back to the Oxford and Lafayette County communities March 26 through the inaugural University of Mississippi Big Event. The Big Event began as an extension of UMSFusion, an annual service event developed in 2003 that encouraged students to volunteer in the Oxford-Lafayette community.
Students can sign up to act as voluntary participants in service throughout the Oxford-Lafayette County community. The daylong projects may include painting, yard work, washing windows, cleaning or assisting the elderly. The university will provide lunch. One unique part of the event is that any community member can register a project for students participation.
Registration forms are available at the Lafayette County Courthouse. To register a community project or to sign up online, visit www.olemiss.edu/bigevent. (March 1, 2011)
The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber After Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 10 at Hampton Inn. (March 1, 2011)