The Oxford School Board approved a $2.56 million land purchase contract this afternoon for 65 acres, or $39,500 per acre, with Thomas Webb Avent and Murray Avent for land in Oxford Commons, located at Highway 7 and Sisk Avenue. The land will be used as the site for the new high school. An additional 10 acres was donated by the Avents to the school district. An additional $913,500 will be paid by the district to extend Sisk Avenue 1,500 feet into the Oxford Commons development. See Thursday’s EAGLE for additional details on the land purchase. (November 17, 2010)
A new city leash law has been proposed but the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday sent the strictly worded law back to the drawing board in order to allow dogs to roam free on their own property and on a potential future dog park. (November 17, 2010, Page 1)
Mayor Pat Patterson spoke with the Pathways Commission on Monday about a proposal to make a strip of Jackson Avenue near City Hall one-way. (November 16, 2010, Page 1A)
State Rep. Warner McBride has announced his intent to fill the position of Transportation Commissioner for the Northern District of Mississippi in a special election to be held on January 11. The position was opened after the late Bill Minor, who was elected Transportation Commissioner in 2003, died on Nov. 1. (November 16, 2010, Page 1A)
Folks living in Abbeville who want to buy a bottle of wine to have with dinner, or some brandy to help keep them warm during the long, cold winter nights, will no longer have to drive 12 miles out of their way.
Lafayette County resident Will Matthews and New Albany resident Chandler Rogers have teamed up to open the Riverfront Wine and Spirits package store at 1040 Highway 7 North in Abbeville.
Matthews and Rogers said they chose the location because of its convenience for those citizens living in northern Lafayette County and southern Marshall County.
They received a permit from the Department of Revenue last week that allows them to open the package store in the city limits of Abbeville. (November 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Inez Bonds Parks came home Saturday to celebrate her 100th birthday with more than 100 members of her large family.
Parks, a Lafayette County native, now lives with her daughter, Becky Thomas, in Columbus. But it’s the small community of Philadelphia that she calls home. (November 15, 2010, Page 1A)
The annual Veterans Day ceremony, held at the National Guard Armory Thursday, started off with patriotic music supplied by the Oxford Middle School Band, under the direction of Marsha Morgan, Len Killough and Jared Brownlee.
Jeff Bruce, chaplain of the American Legion Post 55, gave the invocation, and Lloyd Oliphant, president of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors, welcomed the crowd. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
LovePacks started last year as a pilot program at Bramlett Elementary and has quickly grown up to feed about 40 children at all three Oxford elementary schools. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Sitting on a horse for eight to 10 hours can create a sore situation, even for experienced riders.
An anonymous donor has allowed to Oxford Police Department to buy new, more comfortable saddles for the members of OPD’s Mounted Patrol. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Occupational trends for Lafayette County include preparing for careers with its two biggest employers, the university and the hospital. But it also means training the future workforce for more manufacturing jobs, including those in the green industry, according to Gary Golden, part of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc. (November 11, 2010, Page 1)