While having a phone helps families keep in touch or offers a chance to keep up with friends, it can also be a lifeline in times of an emergency or a crucial need when trying to look for a better job.
To keep everyone connected, the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be traveling around the state next week in recognition of National Lifeline Awareness Week, meeting with citizens to explain the Lifeline program which offers financial help to customers who are struggling to pay their phone bills. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford High School was named a star school in the latest accountability rankings from the Mississippi Department of Education. Overall the local school districts fared about average on the state’s accountability rating system. Lafayette and Water Valley School Districts were listed as academic watch. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
Emma Credille and Jenny Urban share a close bond formed from personal tragedies that few others could ever understand.
In March, both girls lost their fathers to suicide.
Both girls are involved in the upcoming “Out of the Darkness” community walk, the signature fundraising event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which provides funding for research and local suicide prevention education programs. The walk is slated for Nov. 7 at the Lyceum Circle on the University of Mississippi campus.
Ridership on the Oxford University transit system is up 44 percent this month as students returned to the university. The system will also be purchasing a new GPS system, solar panels for bus stops and a security camera system due to American Recovery Reinvestment Act funds. (September 9, 2010, Page 1)
Almost nine years after beginning the project, the Burns Belfry Church renovation is nearing the end. Approving to begin the bid process for the final two phases this week, the Oxford Lafayette County Heritage Foundation will now move forward with a six to eight month construction job. (September 9, 2010, Page 1)
If county officials agree to help, the Oxford Park Commission is hoping to build the largest community tennis facility in Mississippi.
OPC Director Rob Boyd asked the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to consider chipping in $1.5 million with the city of Oxford to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility from 12 to 24 courts. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
The number of students attending Lafayette County schools continues to grow, Superintendent Mike Foster said.
Foster reported the early enrollment numbers Tuesday to the members of the Lafayette County School Board. The report notes the district has 65 more students this year compared to last school year. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
11th street will now be pedestrian only at night and commercial parking by day after the Board of Aldermen approved to allow Oxford Police Department to close the street on a trial basis between now and Christmas. The street will be closed to cars from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other commercial parking changes will now occur on the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
The new high school location is down to two possible spaces from the original five that the Oxford School District originally considered. While the two sites were not made public at Tuesday’s Rotary Club, the district is moving closer in negotiations to picking the right spot. The school will be able to purchase the site if the new bond referendum passes on Oct. 26 with at least 60 percent of the vote. Voters will choose whether the district can have a $30 million dollar bond. (September 8, 2010, Page 3)
No one may never know what Carol “Jeanne” Zinn was thinking Friday when she tried to stop a car with a small boy inside from rolling into the road, although it’s safe to assume she was only concerned about the child’s safety.
Zinn, who’s owned Star Package Store for 18 years along with her husband, was outside of the package store at about 5 p.m. Friday when a family friend got out of their vehicle, leaving the car in reverse. The car started to roll backward into Depot Street. A small child was still in the car … (September 7, 2010, Page 2)