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)
The Oxford EAGLE takes a look back at the major stories in the first three months of 2010 and the beginning of a year long alcohol discussion for the community, showing the divide between supporters of Sunday sales and those who oppose the culture of alcohol. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)
D. Carroll Construction began work on the home of Lorine Clark yesterday as a Christmas present. The home was in need of some minor repairs and the company chose to do them for free as a community project. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford School District’s behaviorist analyst Denise Collier has been caring for two autistic teenage boys since their mother died in November. She’s hoping someone will step up to take at least the higher functioning boy into their home and become his foster parents before they are turned back over to the state on Jan. 4. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)