The catchphrase for this year’s Ten Minute Plays: keep it brief and keep it local. Four local playwrights and local actors are the focus of the annual celebration of short-form plays which began with presentations Thursday and continue tonight and Sunday afternoon at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)
Local lawmakers are hoping Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will consider putting off the planned Oct. 31 closing of George P. Cossar State Park on Enid Reservoir.
Local legislators are asking to be given some more time to come up with other solutions to the funding dilemma that’s causing the park to be running at an annual deficit of $300,000. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)
The Lafayette County Detention Center has committed some violations of its own, according to a food facility inspections report issued Thursday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The jail’s kitchen earned a “C” rating by inspector Washington MacCarthur after a surprise inspection on Sept. 16.
According to the report, the jail had seven violation with three being corrected on the spot. The other four violations included hands not being clean and properly washed; no adequate hand-washing facilities and having a certified manager. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford High School drama students will stage the challenging musical, “Blood Brothers,” as their first play of the 2010-11 school year. The show opens tonight at the OHS auditorium at 7:30 and again Friday and Saturday at the same times. (September 23, 2010, Page 1)
Fire officials from the Oxford Fire Department, the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are trying to determine what might have caused a fire that destroyed The Lanes bowling alley and Brass Monkey Sports Pub & Grub early Wednesday morning. (September 23, 2010, Page 2)
Several Oxford residents and businesses are still seeing only a trickle of water coming from their pipes since a fallen power pole sparked a series of events that lead to loss of water pressure around town Wednesday. (September 23, 2010, Page 1)
Details of a new nonprofit day program, Memory Makers, for victims of dementia were unveiled Tuesday during a ceremony at the University Museum in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day.
The respite care program will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The cost is $20 a day.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)
An early morning fire left The Lanes bowing alley and Brass Monkey bar and grill destroyed — and Oxford residents without water.
The combination of a high-profile fire and lack of water made for hectic start of the day for emergency responders and hundreds of the city’s residents.
The cause of the city’s water problem started hours before the fire, when a Chevy Tahoe ran off Molly Barr Road at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and struck an electric pole, knocking it down, according to city officials. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology formed a new committee to consider curriculum changes to adapt to the 21st century and find ways to help students and local businesses and industry to develop new classes. The committee met for the first time on Tuesday. (September 22, 2010, Page 1, 3)
Oxford Fire Department firefighters are battling a blaze at The Brass Monkey and The Lanes bowing alley on West Jackson Avenue this morning. Firefighters have been on the scene since around 4:30 a.m. Because of the amount of water being used to battle the blaze, many parts of Oxford have low water pressure. A power outage on Tuesday night caused by a vehicle running into a pole flipped off the switch to the main water supply.
All lanes were closed until 7 a.m. At 7, the lane closest to The Lanes on West Jackson Avenue is the only one that is still shut down. Check the Oxford EAGLE website for updates.
(September 22, 2010)