The Oxford community has adopted the a new literacy campaign, One Book, One Community, which is a collaborative effort to promote literacy across the community by encouraging people to read a specified book each academic year.
“Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project” has been chosen as the one book for the community to read this year. (October 4, 2010, Page 1A)
The panty thief who has been rummaging through Oxford women’s drawers and stealing their unmentionables has been taken into custody, according to the Oxford Police Department.
The suspect, whose name has not been released as of this morning, has allegedly broken into 12 homes in the city and two in the county since June, each time taking lingerie and panties from his victims. (October 4, 2010, Page 1A)
The Pink Dress Run will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Square. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the run which will begin at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard and end at the Square. And of course, participants are asked to wear pink.
Registration fees will give participants a pink VIP band that allows them to take advantage of several post-race discounts at participating Square businesses.
For more information on how to register for the run or participate as a sponsor, visit pinkdressrun.com or call Ott at 801-6922 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (October 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Cossar State Park will stay open — for now.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has decided to delay the closing the George Payne Cossar State Park, according to a letter sent Thursday to the Mississippi State Personnel Board.
Last week, park officials announced the park would close due to the mounting financial problems that has caused the park to operate at a $300,000 annual deficit. (October 1, 2010, Page 1 A)
International Walk to School day will be celebrated at Oxford Schools on Wednesday. Students are urged to be dropped off at the walking locations between 7:15 and 7:30 .m. and special incentives will be given out. (October 1, 2010, Page 1, 8a)
Alabama high school football coach Dwight Bowling has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sexual relationships with minors and attempting to get one of his victims to lie to investigators about their relationship.
Looking disheveled and 10 years older than his 55 years, Bowling, entered the not guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oxford before Magistrate S. Allan Alexander via his attorney Christi McCoy of Oxford. (September 30, 2010, Page 1)
County officials were hoping to get an official burn ban in place for Lafayette County this morning at a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors; however, not enough supervisors were at the meeting to reach the quorum needed to approve the ban.
Three out of five supervisors are necessary to vote on anything official. Supervisors Robert Blackmon and Lloyd Oliphant were the only supervisors present at the meeting.
The item will be placed on the agenda for Monday’s regular meeting at 9 a.m. at the Chancery Building. (September 30, 2010, Page 1)
Voting opens on Wednesday at mascot.olemiss.edu for the final three mascot options for Ole Miss. The choices are down to a land shark, Hotty Toddy or a bear. Voting will only last six days and then a final decision will be made. (September 30, 2010, Page 1, 2)
The last day to register to vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 2 is this Saturday.
The Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registrations.
Those wishing to vote absentee must have their ballots mailed in enough time for them to be at the Circuit Clerk’s Office by Nov. 1. The office will be open 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 to allow voters to come in and vote absentee. (September 29, 2010, Page 1)
A new folk art fund established through the University of Mississippi foundation and named after former theatre arts professor Hattie Mae Edmonds will have a dedication ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m. at the University of Mississippi Museum. (September 29, 2010, Page 1)