Driving through the Square during peak traffic times may be easier due to new commercial loading zones Oxford officials are instituting. Changes affecting Square businesses as well as delivery companies were announced Thursday by Mayor Pat Patterson. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)
A United Way committee is looking at ways to improve early childhood education in Oxford and Lafayette County. Accessibility to free or affordable preschools for all Lafayette County children is one area the committee is examining.
Residents living in the flood-prone Chandler Avenue neighborhood near the Oxford Cemetery may soon not have to be so anxious whenever a rain storm passes through town. A long-sought-after drainage improvement project to install additional pipes has begun. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)
By next spring, bicyclists should have several more miles of bike lanes at their disposal throughout Oxford as the city is currently bidding out Phase 2 of the Pathways Project. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)
Close to 50 charities in the community are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don’t file tax returns by Oct. 15, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)
Whatever a business may do to go green, the members of the new Smart Business Alliance are available to provide encouragement and assistance. The inaugural meeting of the Smart Business Alliance on Tuesday had members discussing a variety of ideas on how to better organize and inform the community. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)
John Preston Turner Jr. knew something just wasn’t right when he saw smoke coming from his friends’ chimney at about 8:15 Saturday evening.
“Daddy, look,” John Preston said to his father, Preston Turner. “Joe has a fire going.”
“I didn’t think anything of it at first,” Turner said. “But then I thought, ‘That was odd,’ since it was about 100 degrees outside.” (July 27, 2010, Page 1A)
If voters approve the Oct. 26 referendum for a $30 million school bond issue, the first step will be to spend $1 million to purchase land for a new high school. The Oxford School Board approved its bond referendum priorities at Monday’s meeting. (July 27, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford’s Convention and Tourism Bureau is hiding buried treasure which could mean extra cash for businesses. Using geocaching the Oxford Convention and Tourism Bureau hopes to attract more visitors to the area. With an estimated 5 geocachers worldwide this treasure hunting activity is a growing area of tourism, and Oxford is ready with 60 hidden caches. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)
Thanks to grants being offered by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, finding a safe place away from tornadoes will be much easier for those who take advantage of a program that reimburses residents up to $4,000 to help build a safe storm shelter on their property. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)