In Oxford, all reported crimes in 2009 are lower than they were in the 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.
The report tracks crime statistics from cities and counties all over the country.
While Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin is pleased with the numbers, he said he expects them to climb a bit when the 2010 numbers are released next year.
“As many burglars as we’ve locked up this year, we are still having burglaries,” Martin said. “We are working hard to be visible and keep this a safe place for our residents and visitors. But our crime has gone up this year. However, we are also recovering a lot of stolen property and making arrests which soothes that increase.”
Martin said thieves might blame the increase in burglaries and thefts on the economy.
“I blame it on these skinny televisions,” he said with a chuckle. “These things are so light, they can just pick up and carry them out the door with no effort.” (September 15, 2010, Page 1)
City officials see a future for the historic Cedar Oaks home. Local leaders say the home if rezoned could be used for venues such as weddings, showers and club meetings. While the interior of the home would limit guests to 49 people, the grounds area could host larger events. To make the home more attractive as an event location, the city’s conference and tourism staff asked the Oxford Board of Aldermen to allow the use of alcohol in the home during social functions. The aldermen approved the first reading and plan to hold a public hearing on Sept. 21. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County supervisors and Oxford officials met Monday with Mississippi Department of Transportation District Engineer Richard Allen to discuss the future of three area road projects, including the interchange at West Jackson Avenue and Highway 6, and extending West Oxford Loop to FNC Park. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
South Depot Taco Shop will be opening its doors this spring. The the build-your-own taco shop will be located in the site of former As Seen on TV and Classy Creations. The owners, who are University of Mississippi graduates, obtained approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission last week. Co-owner Trey Horne said the resturant will offer quality food at reasonable prices – especially important in today’s economic climate. (September 13, 2010, Page 5A)
While having a phone helps families keep in touch or offers a chance to keep up with friends, it can also be a lifeline in times of an emergency or a crucial need when trying to look for a better job.
To keep everyone connected, the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be traveling around the state next week in recognition of National Lifeline Awareness Week, meeting with citizens to explain the Lifeline program which offers financial help to customers who are struggling to pay their phone bills. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
Every now and then we all face moments when we wish we were somewhere else.
These moments might look like a rough day at work, an awkward pause in a conversation or the moment you receive some very difficult news. We all face them and we all have to deal with them. And yet, in our mind’s eye, we often travel to far off distant places to escape or run away. These exotic mental locations might be different for every one of us, but the principle is still the same. (September 10, 2010, Page 1B)
If county officials agree to help, the Oxford Park Commission is hoping to build the largest community tennis facility in Mississippi.
OPC Director Rob Boyd asked the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to consider chipping in $1.5 million with the city of Oxford to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility from 12 to 24 courts. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
No one may never know what Carol “Jeanne” Zinn was thinking Friday when she tried to stop a car with a small boy inside from rolling into the road, although it’s safe to assume she was only concerned about the child’s safety.
Zinn, who’s owned Star Package Store for 18 years along with her husband, was outside of the package store at about 5 p.m. Friday when a family friend got out of their vehicle, leaving the car in reverse. The car started to roll backward into Depot Street. A small child was still in the car … (September 7, 2010, Page 2)
The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, with help from the Oxford Police Department, arrested four bartenders from The Lyric during the Oxford Music Festival on Friday night for allegedly serving alcohol to minors. The bar had hired Cobra Security Inc. to check identifications at the door. Somehow, two underage informants working with law enforcement were able to purchase drinks from four of the six bartenders working at The Lyric. (September 6, 2010, Page 2A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)