Oxford saw 18 restaurants doors close in 2010 which bucked the national trend of the industry actually improving from the past few years. (January 3, 2011, Page 1)
Thanks to the a new community health initiative, Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U., expert advice and support is free for those who wish to make 2011 the year they start living a healthier lifestyle.
The five-month program begins with a registration session Monday through Wednesday at the Baptist HealthPlex. Participants’ may stop by the HealthPlex any time between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. during these three days to record their weight, height, body mass index, and blood pressure to establish their starting point. (December 30, 2010, Page 1A)
While students, parents and staff of the Oxford School District celebrated after voters approved a $30 million bond for a new high school and massive capital improvement plan, students, parents and staff of the Lafayette County School District rejoiced over their football team winning the Class 4A state championship game.
Both events were the top news stories during a busy fourth quarter of 2010. (December 30, 2010, Page 1A)
After nearly seven years without an on-field mascot, the Rebel Black Bear was chosen as the new mascot on Oct. 14. The bear beat out a land shark and a gray Hotty Toddy man. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
Plans for the new, highly anticipated Olin-Winchester facility were approved unanimously during the Lafayette County Planning Commissions regular meeting Tuesday night. The new facility will be built south of County Road 166, the entrance into the park, and on the west side of the existing facility where land is already being cleared. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
When the lights flicker, it could mean another grey squirrel has lost his life on a power line in Oxford. Squirrels cause $10-$15,000 in damages each year despite City of Oxford’s Electric Department’s best efforts to keep them away. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
It was a storm that altered quite a few lives in Abbeville.
The F2 tornado ripped through Abbeville on May 2. It was an early Sunday morning when it hit, damaging about 40 homes and taking one woman’s life. Phyllis Sabbatini, 45, was killed when the tornado directly hit her home. Nearby homes had severe damage as well. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.
Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
When the Vision 2020 committees met in 1998, part of what they researched was housing, education and government changes needed to help ensure the community was prepared for future growth. As the third part of this five week series, the EAGLE looks at what changes have come to fruition and what got left behind. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)