After Lafayette County’s unemployment rate topped out at 10.3 percent in January, the community’s jobless numbers have steadily declined. The community’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent in March, according to the latest report by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. (April 23, 2010, Page 5A)
– Kessinger Real Estate welcomes three new agents: Wanda Noah Holly, Will R. Knotts and Adam Quick
– Freddie Pinion of Oxford, an agent for Alfa Insurance, was named the Georgia-Mississippi Agent of the Year for 2009 at the company’s awards ceremony
– Oxford native Ann Coleman Thames has been selected as one of the “50 Leading Business Woman” for 2009 by the Mississippi Business Journal (April 19, 2010, Page 6A)
The Oxford Board of Aldermen are considering a revised sign measure for the Downtown Business District that would limit businesses to one four square feet illuminated sign within a three-foot radius from any exterior window. A public hearing on the proposed change will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. (April 14, 2010, Page 2A)
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)