Having one National Merit finalists is reason enough for any high school to be proud. Oxford High School frequently has one or more, and last year it boasted having seven. (February 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Further investigation into the sale of large sections of land located off Highway 6 West, near the Cumberland subdivision, revealed a total of 107 acres were sold and transferred — not once, but twice in one day.
Speculation and rumors have suggested the land is being bought by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi to be used as the spot for its new proposed $300 million regional referral center. (February 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Oxford Conference Center was quiet in December but with the new hotel moving in next door, some bigger events are beginning to book. (February 17, 2011, Page 1)
Rumors have begun to circulate that Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has purchased land off Highway 6 West, located southwest of Wellsgate. (February 17, 2011, Page 1)
After 18 months of negotiations, the $300 million new facility is moving forward as the City of Oxford and Lafayette County officials are hammering out details of the memorandum of understanding and then the contract with Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi representatives. (February 16, 2011, Page 1)
Several Oxford firefighters were awarded for their valor and heroic efforts during a deadly fire in January where two woman lost their lives. The award was given to the firefighters on Friday in Jackson at the annual Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association banquet. (February 16, 2011, Page 1)
The Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society is opening the doors to its new 4,000-square-foot shelter today after spending the past three days toting the animals to their new home. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Festival organizers are putting together an all-star lineup of both musical acts and art vendors. Recently is was announced that one of Mississippi’s own, the North Mississippi Allstars, will be headlining Saturday night’s music festival. A full lineup is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
The 10-minute community film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade,” helped the Oxford Film Festival almost double its number of attendees this year, according to organizers.
Film Festival co-director Michelle Emanuel said two screenings were planned for the short film, however, they had to show the film an additional four times to accommodate the crowd that showed up to see the film. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)