Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Malco movie theater during the annual Oxford Film Festival. In its ninth year, organizers were happy with the turnout and are already planning for next year’s 10th anniversary show. Read about the festival and see the list of winners in today’s EAGLE. (February 13, 2012, Page 1A)
The USDA has issued new guidelines for school meals, but even those healthier lunches and snacks aren’t pleasing everyone. Editor Don Whitten recalls the food in the lunchroom from years ago and wonders if the answer to battling obesity in our youngsters lies more with activity than food guidelines. (February 13, 2012, Page 4A)
Jessica Perkins writes to thank the individuals and groups who donated time and resources to help the More Than a Meal program in January and February, while Lynn Wilkins writes to thank Knit1 Oxford and the Fiber Festival for putting together a raffle that raised funds for OEPE and LEFE. (February 13, 2012, Page 4A)
A little Mardi Gras spirit will be injected next week into Oxford thanks to a recently created Mardi Gras society, which will host a ball to celebrate the holiday and, in turn, give back to the local arts community.
The inaugural Red Clay Ball will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesday at Proud Larry’s, and it is being described as “a night of benevolent debauchery.” (February 10, 2012, Page 2A)
Just in time for valentines to celebrate the season of love, the 24th annual Heart Ball at Powerhouse Community Arts Center will be held Saturday in honor of the American Heart Association.
The night includes live music by “Pulse” with a live and silent auction and gourmet dining. (February 10, 2012, Page 1A)
Ward 6 residents will be electing one of three candidates Tuesday to fill the Ward 6 seat on the Board of Aldermen. Read some of their stances on local issues in today’s EAGLEVoting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Activity Center. (February 10, 2012, Page 1A)
Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)
Tracie Russell writes, on behalf of the Lafayette Endowment Fund for Education, to thank Knit1 and those involved with the Fiber Festival for helping raise funds to help local schools, while Robert M. Pugh writes to point out the support Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Alan Nunnelee have for community health centers. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)
Life hasn’t been easy for 15-year-old Desirae Gladney and 13-year-old Jacob McBride, but the two students haven’t let that stop them from overcoming obstacles. The two were awarded the Youth Character Award Tuesday night from the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association. (February 9, 2012, Page 1)
Capt. Darren Roberts, with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department received the Officer of the Year award Tuesday night during the annual Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association’s awards dinner. Linda Sockwell, parking enforcer with the Oxford Police Department won the Support Personnel of the Year award. (February 9, 2012, Page 1)