The University of Mississippi has been busy building and renovating structures on campus this year. With more than $154 million in projects currently underway, the projects are in various stages of construction. (September 28, 2010, Page 1, 2)
During its regular meeting Friday, the Oxford School Board approved a motion to have Lafayette County School District Superintendent Mike Foster head up the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology.
The city and county school districts will split the cost of Foster’s $10,000-a-year raise. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)
Whirlpool is working with the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality to clean up its former Oxford location.
To make sure the property is safe as well as marketable, Whirlpool has entered into an agreement with MDEQ to participate in its Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act to clean up an area in the defunct plant that showed the presence of hydraulic fluid, which has contaminated a 500-foot square foot area. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)
The University of Mississippi’s Center of Manufacturing Excellence received a grant recently from the Mississippi Development Authority for $529,395. UM will use this grant money for solar panels for the new center which is currently being built. (September 27, 2010, Page 1A)
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)