After rumors had circled around Oxford for the past week about Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying land west of Oxford for its proposed regional referral center, Dick Cowart, counsel for Baptist, laid the rumors to rest during the meeting between Baptist officials, the Oxford Board of Aldermen and Lafayette County supervisors, and confirmed Baptist had purchased 107 acres, however, said Baptist has not selected a site as of yet. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)
The city has approved a new dog park to open in late spring to the east of the new animal shelter on McElroy Drive. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)
The Parking Garage Committee will meet in March to discuss interviewing companies that submitted proposals this month to move forward with parking strategies for the Square. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)
On Saturday, the Run for Hope 5K run and half marathon will be held in Oxford. More than 500 runners have already signed up for the race and organizers expect another 150 to join as walk-ins on Saturday.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and 8:45 a.m. for the 5K run. The race will begin at the Oxford Convention Center off Sisk Boulevard. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
On Friday, about six Ole Miss Air Force ROTC cadets sat with veterans at the State Veteran’s Home listening to the men reminisce about the days — and years — they spent serving their country as part of the “Valentine for Veterans” Program. (February 21, 2011, Page 1)
The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated a portion of land that unbeknownst to the city had been part of the Cedar Oaks property but owned by their organization. The donation occurred on Friday with a celebration-thank you lunch and tour of the property. (February 21, 2011, Page 1)
Having one National Merit finalists is reason enough for any high school to be proud. Oxford High School frequently has one or more, and last year it boasted having seven. (February 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Further investigation into the sale of large sections of land located off Highway 6 West, near the Cumberland subdivision, revealed a total of 107 acres were sold and transferred — not once, but twice in one day.
Speculation and rumors have suggested the land is being bought by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi to be used as the spot for its new proposed $300 million regional referral center. (February 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Oxford Conference Center was quiet in December but with the new hotel moving in next door, some bigger events are beginning to book. (February 17, 2011, Page 1)