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Rains cause flash floods

The city is looking to alleviate flooding problems after severe rains on Wednesday night brought water into city homes and apartments. Laurel Grove Apartments and homes on Chandler Avenue both saw debris buildup and flooding in their yards and homes. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Square too flashy?

    The Oxford Planning Commission approved Monday a change in the city’s sign regulations that could soon lead to fewer neon signs and banners on the Square, if the change is approved by the Oxford Board of Aldermen.

     (March 10, 2010, Page 1)

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      Woodlawn zoning change OK’d

      A change in the zoning for the area near Woodlawn subdivision was finally approved by the Oxford Planning Commission after months of discussion. The deal includes a land trade between the city and property owner in order to create a community park adjacent to the subdivision. The zoning changes — which must still be OK’d by the Oxford Board of Aldermen — affect about 44 acres of land around what would become West Oxford Loop Extended.

       (March 9, 2010, Page 1)

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        Checkers restaurant may come soon to Oxford

        The empty gas station at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and University Avenue is set to be demolished after remaining empty for a couple of years. In its place will be a Checkers fast-food restaurant. The demolition request and site plan were approved by the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday. (March 4, 2010, Page 2)

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          Is Oxford’s economy rebounding?

          It may be, according to a couple of key indicators — namely, the city’s collections on sales tax and on the 2 percent taxes on food-and-beverage purchases and hotel stays. Compared to a year prior, December’s sales-tax collections were up 8 percent and January’s were up 2.6 percent. While collections are still down for the fiscal year, they’re moving in the right direction.

           (March 4, 2010, Page 1)

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            No wine for Valentines?

            Despite support from city officials, the State Tax Commission rejected Oxford’s request for a one-time exception for on-premise Sunday alcohol sales for Valentine’s Day. Given that Oxford has been allowed Sunday alcohol sales periodically over the years, the denial came as a shock to local officials and business operators. (February 3, 2010, Page 1)

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              Schools, city agree on school resource officer plan

              The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved a contract with the Oxford School District to continue with the current funding arrangement for the six school resource officers, or SROs, through the summer. (January 21, 2010, Page 2)

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                Officials to visit Washington DC

                Old Taylor Road roundabouts, a new fire station and community multipurpose building are a few of the capital items and improvements local government officials will discuss with the LOU area congressional representatives next month during a trip to Washington DC. (January 12, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Oxford OKs horse patrols on Square

                  The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved a request to spend $4,360 to send Oxford Police Department officers and four horses to mounted officer training. But is this initiative a positive public safety and public relations move by the city, or could it harm Oxford’s reputation? (January 8, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Fundraising push for new animal shelter

                    The Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society is $50,000 shy of its total fundraising goal to begin construction on a new animal shelter on McElroy Drive. The city and county have pledged 50 percent of the $600,000 that the building will cost. (January 7, 2010, Page 1)

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