Heavy rains, high winds and lots of cloud-to-ground lightning wrecked havoc on some parts of Oxford Saturday afternoon. The storm, which blew into town around 3 p.m., toppled a few trees and caused a few power outages in the community, Oxford Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood said. (June 28, 2010, Page 1)
The newly expanded Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Facility Award for 2010 from the Mississippi Water Environment Association at its annual conference in Tupelo. The treatment plant was built to ensure the community can meet the demands on its water system for at least 20 years. (June 28, 2010, Page 2)
Mink’s On the Park has only been open three months, but the restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite among Oxford residents, especially those living on the west side of town. A place to stop daily for a quick sandwich or an early morning coffee, Mink’s is located at 904 College Hill Road. (June 28, 2010, Page 5)
Registration is now open for Oxford’s first Endurance Weekend set for Aug. 13-15. With a mix of running and bike races as well as a triathlon, the weekend has a little something for every athlete – as well as those who just enjoy watching others compete. For information visit, http://oxfordenduranceweekend.racesonline.com. (June 25, 2010, Page 2b)
This weekend is the seventh grand reunion for the Oxford kids who attended University High School. This includes the classes from 1930 to 1967 who attended high school in the building built in 1929 on University Avenue just before you reach the Hilgard Cut on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 25, 2010, Page 2B)
In hopes to give entrepreneurs a place to go to gain support, knowledge and to do some networking, local business owners are teaming up with the Economic Development Foundation, the Mississippi Technology Alliance and FNC Inc. to form the Lafayette-Oxford-University Alliance. The LOU Alliance will focus on creating mentoring, curriculum, discussions, events, talent matching and funding to help move entrepreneurs from idea to profit. (June 25, 2010, Page 1A)
Peter Dunbar wanted to ride home from school on his bicycle, and he wanted his four friends to join him.
The catch was his school is Princeton University in New Jersey and his home is in Oxford. (June 25, 2010, Page 1B)
After three months of steadily declining unemployment, the community’s jobless rate reversed course and started climbing again. While unemployment increased in May, some other new reports indicate the economy is continuing to rebound from what’s been described as the worse recession since the Great Depression. (June 25, 2010, Page 1A)
Red Cross is cutting its 13 chapters in Mississippi down to five due to financial strain over the past two years but the change benefits Oxford by turning the local service station into one of the headquarters for the newly formed Northwest Mississippi Red Cross Chapter. Bebo Howell, the executive director of the local Red Cross office, said many details of the restructuring haven’t been determined. (June 24, 2010, Page 1a)
The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence will hold its regional Domestic Violence Shelter Programs Training Institute for member shelter programs in northern Mississippi in Oxford this weekend.
Martha Crawford, victim advocate at the Domestic Violence Project in Oxford, said she’s looking forward to the training event that will be held Thursday and Friday at The Inn on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 23, 2010, Page 3A)