Hotel developers are betting that Oxford’s ability to attract visitors to the community is only going to grow stronger in the coming years. That helps to explain why hundreds of new hotel rooms will be made available in the next few months. (November 2, 2014, Page 1A)
Panera Bread, the popular bakery and sandwich shop, will open its newest restaurant in Oxford on Wednesday. After opening a franchise in Olive Branch, the chain that has some 2,000 locations across the U.S. selected Oxford as the ideal place for its second restaurant in Mississippi. (September 14, 2014, Page 5A)
As boom times for development in Oxford return, city leaders are adopting and proposing several new regulations aimed at ensuring that this new building doesn’t diminish the quality of life residents now enjoy. (September 7, 2014, Page 1A)
Last week, Minnie Cooper greeted a trio of children who had just gotten off the school bus. One by one, the children recounted a scuffle that had just taken place before the bus driver dropped them off at Kid’s College Day Care in Abbeville. That’s where the Dart landed this week. Cooper, who has owned the family business on County Road 118 next door to her home since 2002, promised she’d relay the information to the children’s parents before sharing the story that led her to become a daycare facility owner and operator. (September 1, 2014, Page 1)
If you want to build or alter a house in Oxford’s historic district, don’t use polyvinal cholride lattice. It’s a no-no. Members of the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission told resident Mathias Romkens, owner of a rental property at 1310 Jefferson Ave., on Tuesday that he’ll have to remove the PVC lattice from his property and make additional changes to meet city standards. (August 22, 2014, Page 1)
Suzanne Wilkin, a volunteer for Interfaith Compassion Ministry, said the number of people who have lost their homes in Oxford seems to be rising considering the number of clients who have sought help at ICM.
Wilkin, who moved to Oxford from Maryland with her husband in 1996, has spent more than 10 years volunteering with ICM, an association of 36 area churches who work together to help community members in need.
The Rebel Trade Group will be holding a kick-off meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. The new group works to facilitate barter or trade between its members/owners. (August 8, 2014, Page 3A)
The city of Oxford is owed $3.6 million in unpaid fines.
Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson announced the findings Friday during a Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Board meeting.
“With the recent audit, we were surprised to learn we had that amount of unpaid fines in the court system,” Patterson said. “We are working with our auditors to try to determine the best way to proceed to collect any amounts possible, and it will be one of our focuses going forward.”
City leaders said the findings were included in an 882-page report. They include parking violations and criminal fines, such as DUIs, that date back to 2007. (August 4, 2014, Page 1)