BREAKING NEWS — The Planning Commission on Monday night approved rezoning changes to the over 500 acre Oxford Commons to allow for a potential healthcare location and potential school zone. While developer Kenny Farrell said both Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi and Oxford School District were considering the locations, they were in no way confirmed but were one of several sites being considered for both major projects. (October 11, 2010)
A town hall meeting to discuss the upcoming Oxford School District Bond referendum will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Oxford High School Cafeteria. This will be the only town hall meeting set before the Oct. 26 vote for $30 million in bonds to renovate local schools and build a new high school. (October 11, 2010, Page 1, 5a)
The unveiling of the L.Q.C. Lamar statue on Saturday brought a crowd of people to celebrate the legacy of the former Senator and also celebrate the arts. The bronze statue, created by local artist Bill Beckwith, now greets visitors to the entrance of the museum and former home of Lamar. (October 11, 2010, Page 1)
To be more than just a Band-Aid to the growing homeless problem in Oxford and Lafayette County, the Oxford Homeless Task Force voted Sunday to launch a new initiative to form a Transitional Housing program.
Sherry Williams-Jenkins heads up the shelter committee. After reviewing different types of shelters and the feasibility of having a homeless shelter in Oxford, the committee decided the best way to offer more than just temporary fixes is to institute a more long-term solution. (October 11, 2010, Page 1A)
A growing homeless problem is evident in a $10,500 hotel bill racked up by the Interfaith Compassion Ministries which works with the Ole Miss Motel to house displaced persons temporarily. On Thursday, ICM paid out more than $1,100 toward unpaid rent to help keep families in their home.
A Home Task Force meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the conference room at the Oxford Police Department. Anyone wishing to help find solutions is asked to attend the meeting. (October 8, 2010, Page 1A)
While mascot voting is underway, THE EAGLE was curious what you think about the overall mascot issue. We have a two-question survey that will take about 15 seconds to complete. Let us know what you think by clicking on the survey below:
Click here to take survey (October 8, 2010)
To the Hellums family, closure can finally be found as their loved one, Cpt. Judge Clayton Hellums, will finally be laid to rest exactly 66 years after his death during World War II.
On Oct. 9, 1944, Judge Clayton Hellums of the Paris community in Lafayette County and Army Pfc. Lawrence N. Harris of West Virginia were attacked by enemy fire in the M-10 tank destroyer while attempting to clear German forces out of the Parroy Forest near Lunéville. It was reported the men’s remains were destroyed in fire. (October 8, 2010, Page 1)
The Alcohol Task Force unanimously agreed to recommend Sunday sales to the Board of Aldermen during their meeting on Thursday. Along with requesting sales at local restuarants, the task force suggested allowing off-premise sales at convenience stores. The suggestions will be given to the Board of Aldermen at their Oct. 19 meeting. (October 8, 2010, Page 1, 9A)
Janice Carr walked for six days up Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of a personal life goal that she used to help raise funds for Angel Ranch, an emergency shelter for the victims of child abuse and neglect. (October 7, 2010, Page 1)
AmeriCorps volunteers open Community Writing Center at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library at 401 Bramlett Blvd. Anyone in the community can receive free writing assistance from student tutors on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. or on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. (October 7, 2010, Page 1)