Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was making his first of three attempts to capture Vicksburg. This attempt would be over land from Tennessee after the Battle of Shiloh. He was following the railroad line that ran from Jackson, Tenn., to Holly Springs and then connected at Grenada with a line that ran from Memphis to Jackson. (June 4, 2010, Page 3B)
While there are no canoes, butterflies or swimming pools involved, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is offering adult summer “camps” that will help grownups learn more about their creative talents.
The classes include learning how to take photographs on black-and-white film and developing them in a dark room; how to convert your home movies to DVD; and an introduction to the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement when filming with video. (June 4, 2010, Page 1A)
With a 60 percent chance of rain predicted for most of the day today, the Oxford Park Commission’s first Movie in the Park event might have be put off for another day. OPC officials say they will decide by 3 this afternoon whether to postpone the event to Saturday. Check the OPC website at www.oxfordparkcommission.com or call 232-2380. (June 4, 2010, Page 3A)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on hand throughout the week at the Oxford Home Depot to offer suggestions on how to keep homes safe when severe weather strikes. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford adopted on Tuesday new regulations regarding illuminated signs and hanging banners. The sign ordinance will affect businesses around the Square and the banner measure affects all businesses in the city. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)
Demand for library services may be going up, but the staff of the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library expects to do more with the same amount of funds. Representatives of the library are asking local governments to fund their next year’s budget at the same level they were funded this year. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)
After more than a year of on-again, off-again debate on whether to allow some form of alcohol sales in Oxford on Sunday, the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted 6-1 to deny an effort to even test the idea. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
A new deer-feeding ordinance was approved Tuesday by the Oxford Board of Aldermen which makes the feeding of deer in the city illegal. The adopted ordinance is one of several steps to combat the growing deer population within city limits. All other options are now available for public input by visiting the city of Oxford website. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
The pavilion at Pat Lamar Park, donated by the Rotary Club of Oxford, is now officially in the hands of the city of Oxford
The club raised $25,000 two years ago to go toward the construction of the pavilion, designed by architect Tom Howorth.
On Tuesday, the club joined city officials at the park to dedicate the pavilion to the city. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
Rowan Oak will now be open on Mondays this summer as well as additional evening hours for the summer. The change was due to demand from visitors. The museum is also now a member of the Blue Star program which allows active duty military and their families free access to the museum until Sept. 1. (June 1, 2010, Page 3A)