The Oxford Fire Department is accepting applications for its summer Fire Academy where kids will learn what it’s like to be a firefighter.
The five-day academy will be for children 6 to 12 years old and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, June 26-30 at Fire Station No. 4 on Mall Drive. (May 6, 2010, Page 2)
The City of Oxford and the University of Mississippi were honored at the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Awards ceremony by winning the Circle of Excellence Award. The city also won first place for its recycling program. (May 6, 2010, Page 2)
Ongoing parking woes and a discussion over the need for a parking garage downtown resurfaced at Tuesday’s Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. City Engineer Bart Robinson presented a proposal for a new parking study for the city, but noted that several parking studies have been done since 2002 and another may not be necessary.
The city will continue to look into the feasibility of a parking structure downtown. (May 5, 2010, Page 6)
The first reading of a deer management ordinance was held Tuesday at the Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. The measure is a result of months of debate over how to regulate a growing deer population within the city limits. The ordinance proposes to ban deer feeding in the city limits by first providing a warning, then a $50 fine, and finally a $100 fine for subsequent violations. (May 5, 2010, Page 1-6)
Oxford letter carriers will join U.S. Postal letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities all over the country during its 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive by collecting nonperishable and canned food goods that residents can place in a bag near the mailbox on Saturday morning. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)
To ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census, census takers have taken to the street in the community this week to visit with households who haven’t returned their census forms.
Unfortunately, as finals at the University of Mississippi wrap up this week, many doorbells may go unanswered. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)
When Mary Catherine Guest was asked by her daughter, Olivia King, to help her open her food emporium in Madison, Guest agreed and helped with developing recipes and served as a support, both financially and emotionally.
Her role as helper soon turned into business operator when Olivia asked her mother to open a second Olivia’s Food Emporium on the Square in downtown Oxford. (May 3, 2010, Page 6A)
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)