When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.
With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.
A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.
Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)
South Depot Taco Shop will be opening its doors this spring. The the build-your-own taco shop will be located in the site of former As Seen on TV and Classy Creations. The owners, who are University of Mississippi graduates, obtained approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission last week. Co-owner Trey Horne said the resturant will offer quality food at reasonable prices – especially important in today’s economic climate. (September 13, 2010, Page 5A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)
Even though Patsy Englehard has only taken up the hobby for a little more than a year, her goal is to build a business that not only sells yarn, but also an oasis for knitters – a serene place where they can work with others in the knitting community. (August 23, 2010, Page 5A)
If Sunday alcohol sales are allowed in Oxford, most local bar and restaurant operators say they would support expanding alcohol services. A survey conducted by the Oxford EAGLE found that most restaurants are in support of Sunday sales and agree the issue is important, but owners are not sure if they would open just because of alcohol sales. (August 16, 2010, Page 1)
Employment at Oxford’s Winchester ammunition-making plant may grow by 1,000 jobs over the next thee to five years if the Olin Corp., an East Alton, Ill.-based company, decides to move its Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operation here. A report from East Alton says the company is considering moving the jobs to Oxford. (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)
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)
Just as the temperatures climb in Oxford every summer, so, too, do the numbers of unemployed. As it seems to do nearly every June, the unemployment rate in Lafayette County inched up. The jobless rate climbed from 9.6 percent in May to 9.9 percent in June. (July 23, 2010, Page 5A)
The Oxford School District has approved the budget for the 2010-2011 school year. Eventhough the budge is about $400,000 more than last years budget the district expects to receive less money from the state. The shortfall in state funds is being made up by an increase in federal dollars generated by taxes collected in the community. (June 29, 2010, Page 1)