The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
In a polling of the teachers at Lafayette High School, the majority are in favor of the school implementing a four-by-four block schedule.
Principal Rodney Flowers reported Tuesday to the Lafayette County School Board that 25 teachers polled support the change while four teachers were against moving to a block schedule. Eight teachers responded they were neutral about it and might be for it if they had more information.
Four-by-four block scheduling would allow for four, 94-minute periods instead of 7 periods a day. Each year-long class only meets for one semester and each semester class only meets for nine weeks. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
After serving the Lafayette County School District as its superintendent since 2002, Mike Foster will retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31, 2011.
Foster made the announcement Tuesday at the county school board meeting. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
While the Board of Aldermen approved Sunday alcohol sales for on-premise permit holders on Tuesday, supporters should wait to pop the cork to celebrate until Mayor Pat Patterson decides if he will veto the issue. If he does not, than the city must wait for state approval. The board also heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing Sunday off-premise sales from noon to 6 p.m. which means beer and light wine could be sold at convenience stores. The mayor promised to veto the issue if passed. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
BREAKING NEWS — The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 this evening in support of a resolution that will allow on-premise alcohol sales on certain Sundays, such as those after Ole Miss home football games and those Sundays when a holiday falls them, such as Valentine’s Day. Mayor Pat Patterson has two weeks to decide whether he will veto the resolution. If he does not veto the resolution, the board can take the request to the the state Alcoholic Beverage Control board. (December 7, 2010)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold all future negotiations between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials in open, public meetings.
Supervisor Mike Pickens made the motion, claiming recent information released to the public through the media had been inaccurate.
The vote passed unanimously to hold all negotiations with Baptist in an open forum unless advised to do so otherwise by board attorney David O’Donnell. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Lion’s Club Christmas Parade announced its winners Tuesday morning after Monday evenings cold, yet musical, hour long parade of floats, musical acts and antique cars. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
The Board of Aldermen will consider two Sunday alcohol sales issues on Tuesday after a year of discussions, denied requests from the Oxford Restaurant Association and an Alcohol Task Force that found more than half of Oxford residents in favor of sales. (December 6, 2010, Page 1A)
While The Lanes bowling alley has been released to an insurance company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the investigation into what caused the massive blaze that destroyed Oxford’s bowling alley continues.
The shell of what remained of the fire that destroyed the 50-year-old building was demolished last week. (December 3, 2010, Page 1A)
Water Valley and Taylor will host their annual Christmas Parade this Saturday afternoon with Oxford to follow on Monday at 7 p.m. (December 3, 2010, Page 1A)