Builders of a proposed hotel and spa on Jefferson Avenue at the former site of the Veranda are seeking approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission on Monday. Along with the plans for the new site is a request to remove the building, formerly Andy’s Steakhouse, at 1006 Jefferson Ave., for a required parking lot for the hotel. (April 30, 2010, Page 3A)
The tight budget approved by state lawmakers this week eliminated a good percentage of Temporary Aid to Needy Families, or TANF, which is currently received through the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
As a result, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mississippi, which receives grants through the program, may be in even more need of private sector financial assistance. (April 30, 2010, Page 5A)
With Oxford High School Principal Bill Hovious’ pending retirement at the end of the school year, the current assistant principal, Mike Martin, was named Thursday as his replacement for the 2010-2011 school year. (April 30, 2010, Page 5A)
On Wednesday, an Oxford Police Department officer issued a citation to the residents of a house on Beanland Drive that has had several complaints about leaving beer cans and other garbage laying around outside. City and county officials are seeing less intentional trash but uncovered garbage bags are wreaking havoc. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)
When there’s a domestic assault involving the use of hands — smacking, kicking or hitting — the abuser is generally charged with simple assault. When a weapon of any kind is involved, the abuser can be charged with aggravated assault which is a felony offense.
A new bill signed by Gov. Haley Barbour now allows strangulation to be considered an aggravated assault. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)
After months of off-and-on debate over whether Oxford should allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday, some local leaders are indicating they’re ready to let the community finally decide this long simmering issue. (April 29, 2010, Page 1-5)
Despite a down-turn in the economy, the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County met and exceeded its $425,000 goal for its 2009 campaign, raising a total of $425,732 to be distributed to 16 of its partner agencies. (April 29, 2010, Page 1)
The city sales tax collections continue their positive growth which means Oxford could find itself on solid financial ground for the first time since the economic slowdown began in 2008.
For the third month in a row, sales tax collections in Oxford climbed. This month’s report saw a big increase. (April 29, 2010, Page 3)
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Friday with a dinner honoring cancer survivors in the Oxford High School cafeteria. Original plans are to then move the Relay events to the OHS football field. However, a 70-percent chance of rain Friday night could force organizers to move the event to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church. (April 28, 2010, Page 1)
Beginning May 10, the Oxford University Transit public bus service will change several routes to accomodate what operators expect will be fewer riders this summer. The new routes will be in place until Aug. 7. For more information, visit www.oxfordms.net/out/schedule.htm (April 28, 2010, Page 12)