The owners of The Gin, that burned down Saturday night, are offering $9,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with the fire. (March 12, 2010, Page 2A)
Plans to build a Veterans Memorial Park are finally starting to take hold, thanks to the hard work and dedication of local veteran organization members. It’s located on Veteran’s Drive, between South Lamar Boulevard and Highway 7. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)
The city is looking to alleviate flooding problems after severe rains on Wednesday night brought water into city homes and apartments. Laurel Grove Apartments and homes on Chandler Avenue both saw debris buildup and flooding in their yards and homes. (March 11, 2010, Page 1A)
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services will offer a class to legal, permanent residents on the ins and outs of how to become a U.S. citizen. The two-hour class, which will be taught in English, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library and will be free to all those interested in attending. (March 10, 2010, Page 3)
The rivalry between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University is in full swing this month, although this time the two universities won’t be competing for an Egg Bowl trophy. Instead, they will be competing to see who can raise the most money to help cure cancer. This year there will be two Relay for Life events: One for the university on April 9, and a community event is set for April 30. (March 9, 2010, Page 1)
Customers at Frank and Marlee’s Restaurant and Piano Bar smelled smoke at about 9:15 p.m. Soon, flames began to shoot out of The Gin, which is adjacent to Frank and Marlee’s just off the Square. The two establishments shared a common wood patio up until Thursday, according to co-owner Erin Smith.
The empty gas station at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and University Avenue is set to be demolished after remaining empty for a couple of years. In its place will be a Checkers fast-food restaurant. The demolition request and site plan were approved by the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday. (March 4, 2010, Page 2)