More than 600 people signed up earlier this month for the new health initiative, “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” Many of those same people took advantage of the free hour-long ballroom dancing session offered for those participating in the program Thursday evening at the Oxford Conference Center. The five-month long program will feature special exercise programs and speakers like Patrick House, the winner of season 10 Biggest Loser who be in Oxford Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. Priority seating goes to those in the program, however the doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the general public. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)
Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)
The Oxford School Board approved the contract to purchase 75 acres of land for $3,481,000 near the Oxford Commons on Thursday. The city will purchase 65 acres and pay for the road development with the owners to donate an additional 10 acres. The closing date for the purchase is Wednesday. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)
An early-morning fire claimed the life of an Oxford woman and sent another woman to the hospital in critical condition, Oxford Fire Department Deputy Chief David Duchaine said.
Firefighters got the call at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to a fire at 1109 S. 14th St., the home of Frances Brown, who was critically injured in the fire. She was flown to a burn center in Alabama.
Officials have identified the woman who died as Patricia K. Wilkerson, 54, originally of Vicksburg. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
The Oxford Literacy Council’s annual Mardi Gras bash is set for this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Oxford with tickets for sale at the door. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
The Big Event coming in March is set to let students volunteer for a day of service to say thanks to the Oxford community. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
Several parents expressed their concerns Tuesday with Lafayette High School officials considering implementing a four-by-four block schedule next school year.
Lafayette County School Board officials were present at the meeting held at the Lafayette Middle School to hear the parents’ reactions and questions about the new class scheduling system.
On Tuesday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution of intention authorizing and approving the county to receive a loan for $6 million from the Mississippi Development Authority for the purpose of land development and infrastructure for the 500,000-square foot plant Olin Corp. will build next to the existing Winchester plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park.
A legal ad in Tuesday’s EAGLE also asked for subcontractors to qualify to be prospective bidders for a slew of construction jobs at the new plant. (January 19, 2011, Page 1)
The City of Oxford closed the deal last week on the purchase of Bell Utilities and began moving forward with planned upgrades to the Lakeway Gardens area on Tuesday at the Board of Aldermen meeting. (January 19, 2011, Page 1)
Pantry volunteer Jim Stephens was awards the Volunteer of the Year by the Pantry’s Board of Directors for his six years of service to the Pantry. (January 18, 2011, Page 1)