When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.
Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
When the Vision 2020 committees met in 1998, part of what they researched was housing, education and government changes needed to help ensure the community was prepared for future growth. As the third part of this five week series, the EAGLE looks at what changes have come to fruition and what got left behind. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford EAGLE takes a look back at the major stories in the first three months of 2010 and the beginning of a year long alcohol discussion for the community, showing the divide between supporters of Sunday sales and those who oppose the culture of alcohol. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)
D. Carroll Construction began work on the home of Lorine Clark yesterday as a Christmas present. The home was in need of some minor repairs and the company chose to do them for free as a community project. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford School District’s behaviorist analyst Denise Collier has been caring for two autistic teenage boys since their mother died in November. She’s hoping someone will step up to take at least the higher functioning boy into their home and become his foster parents before they are turned back over to the state on Jan. 4. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
In an effort to make Christmas special for their small clients, the staff at the Lafayette County branch of the Mississippi Department of Human Services asked the community to help them play Santa’s helpers to about 100 area children. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Experts are expecting — and hoping — for a much quieter and healthy flu season in 2011 after the H1N1 swine flu hit pandemic proportions earlier this year.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, there has been 21 lab confirmed cases of the flu in Mississippi since November, however, there’s been no confirmed cases in Lafayette County as of this morning.
This season, the CDC is anticipating three strains of influenza: the H1N1 swine virus; influenza A H3N2 virus and the influenza B virus. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
The leash law has been amended to strengthen some language to ensure pets remain on a leash when on public property, particularly in places like Pat Lamar Park. Owners may find themselves with a $173 fine if they don’t follow the law. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
In a troubling sign of how sluggish the building market is in the community, the Lafayette County Planning Commission hasn’t met since September. The commission canceled its meetings in October and November due to a lack of cases to review. December’s meeting, set for Dec. 28, has no new subdivision plans on the agenda.
However, residential building is slightly up in the city of Oxford. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)