To keep the arts sustainable in a weak economy, Wayne Andrews, the director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, knew when he took the job that the council would need to help art groups stand on their own two feet. A new season pass program may be just the ticket to help accomplish this.
In addition to this new initiative to bring more people to more cultural events, YAC is debuting a new darkroom for local shutter bugs. (March 19, 2010, Page 1A)
The city has approved a design builder, Heritage Development, for the new Oxford Animal Shelter. The preliminary design has been drafted, and final design plans will be created within 30 days. Groundbreaking should occur by May 1. (March 18, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford is set to make needed repairs to Cedar Oaks, but the historic home is not yet property of the city. The hold up is in obtaining the last seven covenant agreements needed from property owners near the house. Due to the delay, the Board of Aldermen postponed a vote on providing funds to the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday. (March 18, 2010, Page 1)
On Monday, African-American community members shared their stories of integration of the Oxford K-12 school system at Second Baptist Church with a group of Colorado State University students. The students were visiting Oxford as part of an optional spring break trip through the South to learn about Civil Rights. (March 16, 2010, Page 1A)
The woman who took the issue of Oxford schools’ integration to federal court died Saturday at her home in Oxford. Called “the Fannie Lou Hamer of Lafayette County,” Mildred Quarles was an outspoken leader during the local struggle for the integration of public schools — brought to a head when she placed her own son’s name on the federal lawsuit filed against Oxford city schools in 1969. (March 16, 2010, Page 2A)