The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Festival organizers are putting together an all-star lineup of both musical acts and art vendors. Recently is was announced that one of Mississippi’s own, the North Mississippi Allstars, will be headlining Saturday night’s music festival. A full lineup is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
The 10-minute community film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade,” helped the Oxford Film Festival almost double its number of attendees this year, according to organizers.
Film Festival co-director Michelle Emanuel said two screenings were planned for the short film, however, they had to show the film an additional four times to accommodate the crowd that showed up to see the film. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
During a work session Friday, Mayor Pat Patterson and the Oxford Board of Aldermen heard a presentation by Ron Hipp, chairman of the Parking Garage Committee, during which he suggested the city consider charging motorists 50 cents an hour for “premium parking” around the Square.
Other topics talked about Friday included forming an investment committee on how to invest the $30 million the city will receive from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying out of its lease with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
With no one filing a petition against the Oxford School District’s plans to sell $3 million in bonds to renovate Della Davidson Elementary School and the Oxford Middle School, the city school board voted unanimously on Thursday to sell the bonds for the projects. (February 11, 2011, Page 1A)
Lafayette County Solid Waste Manager Bobby Jones said his department has caught six people illegally dumping on developed land in the county using hunting, motion-detection cameras in “hot spots” around the county where they’ve seen repeated dumping violations. (February 11, 2011, Page 1A)
Officials with the Oxford School District and Lafayette County School District have anounced that the city and county schools will be closed again Friday due to the still hazardous road conditions in some parts of the community. The University of Mississippi will be open Friday. The “Telling Trees” oral history project previously set for 6 p.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has been canceled and will be rescheduled. (February 10, 2011)
The Oxford Salvation Army has a brand spankin’ new home thanks to a local builder who wanted to design a building that would fill the needs for the organizations that works so hard to fill the needs of others.
On Tuesday, director Lisa Coleman cut the red ribbon at the grand opening of the new building that was constructed in three months time. The new Salvation Army is located at 2647 West Oxford Loop. (February 10, 2011, Page 1)
So far this year, Oxford has seen its fourth snowiest winter ever, according to Marlene Mickelson, hydrometeorological technician with the NWS. The record is 20 inches of snow from December to February in 1985-86.
Wednesday’s 5 inches of snow shut down schools in Oxford and Lafayette County. Freezing temperatures caused roads to be covered in ice. Officials don’t expect the roads to improve much throughout the day. (February 10, 2011, Page 1)
Organizers have postponed Thursday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser until Monday due to snow. The annual event invites community members to purchase a handmade bowl and a lunch of soup and bread for $15 to benefit The Pantry, Oxford’s community food bank. (February 9, 2011)