SUNDAY UPDATE — The 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival drew a healthy crowd Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, despite having to be rescheduled due to Saturday’s morning storms and strong winds. On Saturday night, headliner Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings opened their act with a riff on their wild travels through Mississippi — 20 minutes behind the tornado that damaged Yazoo City.
(April 25, 2010, Page 1A)
For the first time in its 15-year history, the Double Decker Arts Festival rescheduled the bulk of its festivities from Saturday to Sunday due to the threat of severe weather. The new music lineup re-arranges the slate of bands, from a one-day concert on two stages to a two-day concert on a single stage. Headliner Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are still performing Saturday night. Art booths and food vendors are to open on the Square Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
(more…) (April 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Sustainable design encompasses a variety of green and social philosophies to create a community open to everyone with as little a carbon footprint as possible. The Oxford EAGLE concludes its five-part series on sustainability with today’s report on local builders who are making the green-construction theory an affordable reality.
(April 23, 2010, Page 1A)
An unstable air mass overtaking the Mid-South this afternoon is expected to produce severe thundershowers that could include large hail, high winds and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. The storm system has already produced tornadoes in Texas and along the Florida panhandle. (April 23, 2010, Page 1A)
A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lydia Jones wants other caregivers to know they aren’t alone.
Jones will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively Fair during a workshop at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
While admitting he had to be dragged into green interests, Mayor Pat Patterson said those who led him that way were right and he challenged the community to reach a 50 percent recycling goal by next year. The city currently has close to 41 percent recycling rates based on the number of residences within city limits. Patterson also offered the university a recycling bin that will be picked up for free by the city. The Mayor was on hand along with Chancellor Dan Jones to honor local sustainability leaders.
(more…) (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
To help with understanding how small green changes can make a big impact, both on the environment and on your wallet, today’s Green Week activities are focused on helping with energy audits. Outside the student union, members of Habitat For Humanity is working with low-income residents in the Oxford area to provide free consultations and upgrades to lower electric bills. Several university buildings are also competing to see who can reduce their energy consumption the most. A workshop on energy conservation will be open to the community at 2:30 today which looks at the many ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed.
(April 21, 2010, Page 1)
A law aimed at cracking down on transient vendors is on hold as the Oxford Board of Aldermen tries to figure out how to word the measure in a way that it doesn’t harm small businesses, such as the popular hot dog cart frequently parked outside the Freeland Law Firm. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)
The theme of this year’s Green Week, hosted by the city of Oxford and University of Mississippi, is “walk the walk,” which is well suited for one of the main concepts in Sustainability: Transportation. Sustainable living, as defined by the Earth Policy Institute, is “shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system.”
A challenge to all community members this week comes from the Green Week pledge drive at the Student Union. Members of Oxford, Lafayette County and the university are encouraged to pledge to use an alternative means of transportation at least one day a week. While this could include biking or walking to work or using the OUT bus, it could also mean sharing a ride to work with someone else.
(April 20, 2010, Page 1)