After three months of steadily declining unemployment, the community’s jobless rate reversed course and started climbing again. While unemployment increased in May, some other new reports indicate the economy is continuing to rebound from what’s been described as the worse recession since the Great Depression. (June 25, 2010, Page 1A)
Finding that special gift for that special someone may be easier now with the opening of Miss Punkin’s. Located on Highway 334, owner Emily Burton moved back of Oxford after owning a store in Olive Branch for two years. (June 21, 2010, Page 5)
After a two-year delay caused by the international economic slowdown, Toyota Motor Corp. announced today it’s now planning to open its $1.3 billion Blue Springs assembly plant in the fall of 2011. (June 17, 2010, Page 1)
Local tax collections continue to remain stronger than in 2009 with collections for May remaining up for Oxford, but slightly down for Abbeville and Taylor. (June 17, 2010, Page 1)
Who doesn’t like putt-putt?
Now area residents finally have a miniature golf course at Rebel Park, on Highway 6 West.
The 9-hole course is the third installment in a continuing evolution of Rebel Park that’s centered on entertainment for the entire community. The minigolf course is part of the same park that offers paint ball fun for the whole family. (June 14, 2010, Page 5)
One traditional sign the economy is rebounding is when builders see more business. More building means an increase in the demand for more wood materials for this construction. The employees at Roseburg Forest Products in Oxford are tickled to be taking more orders for their products. (June 7, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford adopted on Tuesday new regulations regarding illuminated signs and hanging banners. The sign ordinance will affect businesses around the Square and the banner measure affects all businesses in the city. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)
In the first four months of 2010, Lafayette County’s unemployment rate has dropped from 10.3 percent in January to 8.2 percent in April, according to a new jobs report. (May 28, 2010, Page 5A)
A recent meeting between city, county and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials was hailed as a positive meeting of the minds, albeit just one of many needed before the hospital’s future can be determined. (May 27, 2010, Page 1)
Building may not be booming, but it’s far from a bust. Permits for new construction in the city of Oxford have doubled since the first of the year, leading city officials to feel slightly more optimistic about the resurgence in the local economy. (May 26, 2010, Page 1a, 2a)