With the help of $100,000 in seed money from the state, a University of Mississippi professor’s dream of launching a new business is about to come to fruition.
Mike Repka, UM chairman and associate professor of pharmaceutrics, was on hand Monday to accept the money from the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The funds will help start Oxford Polymed Corp., a new clinical stage pharmaceutical development company based in Oxford focusing on several drug delivery systems.
Monday’s Business Page Briefs:
– Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for Hill Country Landscaping on Thursday afternoon and Ya Ya’s Frozen Yogurt on Friday morning.
– Linda Johnson has been chosen as March Employee of the Month for North Mississippi Medical Clinics.
– Kimberly Nicole Morgan was named as a recipient of the Mississippi Trailblazers “Inspire” Award.
– An informational parent meeting is set for Tuesday at 5:30 at the Deborah Kay School of Dance. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
It’s been six months since the Blind Pig restaurant and bar closed its doors on the Square, but fans of the local establishment now have a place to return with its current venue in the Thompson House on North Lamar. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
Under new ownership, the Castle Hill Resort and Club will offer the same contemporary southern fine dining in its restaurant as well as opening its doors to its bed and breakfast guest rooms. It will continue to be a destination wedding spot, hosting large or quaint weddings for people all over the state. (April 12, 2010, Page 6A)
The Lafayette County Supervisors were brought up to date at Monday’s meeting in regard to an ongoing dispute between the county and developer James E. Davis in regard to a T-shaped road inside the University Heights subdivision. (April 6, 2010, Page 1)
While Movie Gallery on University Avenue may have led some to believe they had closed in late December, they reopened after one week. However, this time, the closure may stick. With new signs throughout the store announcing that it will close and that merchandise is 20 to 50 percent off while still in stock, the final Movie Gallery in Oxford will close its doors. (April 5, 2010, Page 5A)
Where’s the beef?
And for that matter, where’s the peanut butter, the coffee, the gravy and the entire diaper section?
Shoppers at the Oxford Walmart have been finding themselves asking those questions over the past few weeks and it’s probably the only thing they’ve been finding while the store undergoes a major renovation. (March 29, 2010, Page 6A)
Flipping on your lights will cost you a few more cents next month.
Electric bills are set to rise in April by about $3.80 a month for typical residential customers now that the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a fuel-cost adjustment to cover fluctuating fuel and purchased-power costs.
Despite the rise, customers will still pay less this April compared to April 2009, thanks to a continuous credit that’s been in place since October. (March 25, 2010, Page 1)
Two new pet stores are coming to Oxford this year. The first opening at the end of April focuses on healthy eating for your pets. The Memphis-based company, Hollywood Feed, has been around for over 50 years and is now beginning to branch out into new markets. The second is national chain PetSmart set to open at the end of the year. (March 22, 2010, Page 6)
Attorney Nathan Yow has recently opened Mississippi Auto Arms in the High Cotton building just off the Square. He’s specializing in tactical accessories, magazines, semi-automatic pistols, rifles, shotguns, suppressers and National Firearms Act items. (March 15, 2010, Page 6)