Before racial divides can be torn down, people need to come together and simply listen to the each other, to understand how others feel, think and learn how experiences have shaped their lives. That’s why about 25 Oxford-area residents took part in a recent retreat designed to open dialogue between the races.
The Oxford Board of Aldermen are considering a revised sign measure for the Downtown Business District that would limit businesses to one four square feet illuminated sign within a three-foot radius from any exterior window. A public hearing on the proposed change will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. (April 14, 2010, Page 2A)
Language in neighborhood business zoning that allowed for amusement-type businesses, such as a movie theater or bowling alley, is recommended to be removed by the Planning Commission. The Board of Aldermen will have to vote to remove the language. (April 13, 2010, Page 2A)
Della Davidson Elementary School took home two top prizes in the Mississippi Destination ImagiNation Tournament held March 27 in Columbus.
The Oxford Eagles — Claire Stevens, Michaela Spillers, Ann Leigh Robbins and Addison Meadows — won the Breaking DI News competition, and the Wild Thangs — Add Kimbrell, Kevin Dao, Sara Caroline Bridgers, Anna Dennis, and Haley Caradine — won the Band Together Competition.
The two teams will represent Mississippi in the Global Destination ImagiNation Finals being held on May 26-29 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Derald Connell was known to most as just Pete. Some called him Peter Cotton Tail. To his grandchildren, he was Pa Paw.
Mandy Martin has her own names for the 69-year-old Connell, who was beaten to death April 1.
“He was my angel,” she said. “My lifesaver.” (April 13, 2010, Page 1A)
With the help of $100,000 in seed money from the state, a University of Mississippi professor’s dream of launching a new business is about to come to fruition.
Mike Repka, UM chairman and associate professor of pharmaceutrics, was on hand Monday to accept the money from the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The funds will help start Oxford Polymed Corp., a new clinical stage pharmaceutical development company based in Oxford focusing on several drug delivery systems.
SWAT officers with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department may soon have a dedicated vehicle to help them arrive and perform optimally while out in the field. (April 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Parking patterns in the evening could be dramatically different than during the day around the Oxford Square if some of the options being considered to improve safety are passed. The Downtown Safety Task Force met Thursday to discuss options for its suggestions. (April 9, 2010, Page 1A)
Although the city has zero transient vendor permits on file, concern for the future has new rules proposed to cut down on requests. A public hearing on proposed changes to transient vendor rules was held Tuesday, and is scheduled to be voted on April 20. (April 9, 2010, Page 1A)
Olivia Estes’ favorite subject in school is Greek mythology — where demi-gods and mythical creatures can fly, breathe fire and pull the lighting from the sky. They have great strength and powers, although, they also all have one great weakness.
While some may say having type 1 diabetes might be Olivia’s weakness, they obviously haven’t met the precocious 8-year-old. (April 9, 2010, Page 1A)