Oxford Fire Department firefighters are battling a blaze at The Brass Monkey and The Lanes bowing alley on West Jackson Avenue this morning. Firefighters have been on the scene since around 4:30 a.m. Because of the amount of water being used to battle the blaze, many parts of Oxford have low water pressure. A power outage on Tuesday night caused by a vehicle running into a pole flipped off the switch to the main water supply.
All lanes were closed until 7 a.m. At 7, the lane closest to The Lanes on West Jackson Avenue is the only one that is still shut down. Check the Oxford EAGLE website for updates.
(September 22, 2010)
Deborah Marion is hoping to raise $100,000 to offer as an award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing her son, Lafayette County native Lorenzen Wright.
Wright, 34, was last seen by family members July 19; three days later he was reported missing. Wright’s body was found July 28 in a wooded area just outside Memphis. His death was ruled a homicide by gunshot wounds. (September 21, 2010, Page 1)
A red carpet was rolled out guiding fathers and daughters into Chick-fil-A between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday during the Daddy Daughter Date Night event.
Dads and daughters sat in a specially marked-off area of the restaurant that was covered in balloons. Daughters were each given a red rose.
Place mats with conversation starters for the dads were at each table with suggestions like “Tell a favorite childhood memory of yours; Share how your daughter is like her mom; Say what you love about your wife; Share a dream you have for your daughter.” (September 21, 2010, Page 1)
Phase two of the Pathways Commission project is still postponed while waiting on MDOT to make final approval of changes to help cut down on costs. Meanwhile, the safe routes for schools project which includes adding sidewalks, repairing sidewalks and adding a median and raised crosswalk near Oxford Middle School is set to begin this week. (September 21, 2010, Page 1)
A team of medical personal and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church members traveled to Ghana, Africa, last month where they administered medicine for the bodies and ministered to their spirits.
The 13-member team consisted of two nurses, a nurse practitioner and a dentist. Other team members included Bible school teachers, support staff, a minister and team leader, Hollis Crowder.
City tax collections are up for 2010 compared to 2009 with the city tourism tax, or 2 percent tax up 5 percent for the year and the city sales tax up about 1 percent. (September 20, 2010, Page 1A)
More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.
That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.
The Oxford Tourism Council approved community grants to four events with a total of $20,000. The council also approved final reports from recipients of last year’s grants although a motion to approve the Thacker Mountain Radio report from 2009 died from a lack of motion. (September 17, 2010, Page 1, 2a)
The new Oxford Lafayette Humane Society animal shelter should be ready by mid-November with plans to move in by the new year. The shelter cost almost $700,000 with funds privately donated as part of the society’s capital campaign and a portion donated from the city and county. (September 17, 2010, Page 1A)
A limb from the large water oak on the east side of the Lafayette County Courthouse fell at about 5:30 Saturday morning onto the wrought-iron fence the surrounds the courthouse. The weight of the limb was so heavy that about 2 feet of the fence buckled, looking as though a car had slammed into it instead of a tree limb.
Now Oxford and Lafayette County officials are scrambling to get the large tree that has provided cool shade on the Square since William Faulkner was a youngster removed before another limb — or the entire tree — falls. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)