Local columnist Jimmy Reed, after watching his grandson improperly deal with a sneeze, writes about how so many people – not only youngsters – just follow the lead of others even if what they’re doing is wrong. (May 1, 2012, Page 4)
Whether if was the gorgeous weather, the strong music lineup, the many quality food and art vendors or a combination of all these attractions, the annual Double Decker Arts Festival brought tens of thousands of people to the Square this weekend. (April 30, 2012, Page 1, 14)
Ticket sales were slightly down for Friday’s paid Double Decker music but crowds were up on Saturday as crowd favorites such as Jimbo Mathus, Patterson Hood, Funky Meters and Mavis Staples took to the Caterpillar Main Stage. Local acts such as Young Buffalo and Rocket 88 also drew ample crowds to the Oxford American 20th Anniversary Stage. (April 30, 2012, Page 1, 10)
Two recent reports offer the latest evidence that Mississippi’s economy is rebounding from the Great Recession. One report notes that Lafayette County’s jobless rate continues to fall. Local unemployment dropped from 7.6 percent in February to 6.9 percent in March. The state and local economies are expected to continue to gradually improve for the next three years before peaking in 2016, according to another report. (April 30, 2012, Page 5)
High school baseball and softball playoff games can provide two or three hours of the most entertainment and excitement you could ask for. Finding out where and when those playoff games will be is another story. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ever-changing playoff formats and wishes that a format could be settled on and stuck with for a few years. (April 30, 2012, Page 4)
Art and food are being enjoyed by hundreds on Saturday at the Double Decker Arts Festival.
The local stage had a slight hiccup this morning after a sound board issue, so the line-up is slightly changed with most music pushed back about an hour and Machine Gun Kelley playing out of order.
12 pm Elemovements – BEGAN AT NOON
1 pm Kenny Brown
2 pm Machine Gun Kelley and the G-Men ( DELAYED FROM NOON)
3 pm Minor Adjustments
4 pm Rocket 88
5 pm Young Buffalo
4 p.m. – Fans enjoyed Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition on the main stage before Chancellor Dan Jones visited with special guests from the university.
Live music continues through the afternoon as people continue to arrive at the festival.
Mavis Staples closed the festival by bringing everyone to their feet. The 72-year-old singer may have needed help even getting up and down the stairs for the stage but onstage her energy was infectious.
Full photo coverage from Bruce Newman is available here and stories will be available in Monday’s edition. (April 28, 2012)
An Oxford man was found in Water Valley this morning after area law enforcement officers spent all night searching for him. Ron DeWitt was jogging on the Rail Trails at about 5 p.m. and for unknown reasons, kept running until he got to Water Valley. The case is under investigation. (April 27, 2012, Page 2A)
Double Decker, Oxford’s biggest event, begins tonight. See today’s EAGLE for parking information, Kids Fair schedule and music lineups. (April 27, 2012, Page 1A)
Oxford University School will move by May 2013 after recent announcements include the hospital purchasing land the current school sits on. (April 27, 2012, Page 1A)
Local author Gerald Inmon is back with more stories in his second book, “Camp Re-Form.” Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Inmon’s book and some of the author’s thoughts about his characters and his writing. (April 27, 2012, Page 4A)