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Oxford woman to appear on HSN

Elizabeth Heiskill is new to Oxford and will be introducing herself in a big way this weekend as a guest on the Home Shopping Network where she will be promoting kitchen appliances with Chef Emeril Lagasse. (August 5, 2011, Page 3A)

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    Movies are movies – but Cruise as Reacher?

    Loyal readers of best-selling author Lee Child’s series featuring tough guy Jack Reacher must be a bit surprised to hear that Tom Cruise has been picked to play the character in an upcoming movie based on one of the books. Editor Don Whitten says he can’t picture the 5-foot-7 Cruise as the 6-5, 250-pound Reacher he’s been following in Child’s books. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Patti C. Harris writes to say that, now with the budget crisis averted, it’s time to focus on excessive government regulations. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Zach Scruggs’ guilty plea stands

        A federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the 2008 conviction of attorney Zach Scruggs in a corruption case that also involved his father, well-known trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs. U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers in Oxford denied the motion to vacate the conviction.

         (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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          Buses back, so drive safely

          A new law that went into effect July 1, called “Nathan’s Law” allows for harsher penalties for those caught driving past a stopped school bus. The law is named after a 5-year-old Jones County boy who was killed when a driver ignored the flashing stop lights and passed the boy’s bus. (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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            City officials end Park Drive project

            The Park Drive improvement project has been canceled by Oxford officials and about $300,000 in federal transportation funds will be returned, city officials said Wednesday afternoon. (August 4, 2011, Page 2)

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              Planning underway to solve traffic

              MDOT asked for locals involved with traffic issues from Oxford Police Department to local taxis to provide feedback on Wednesday to help create a master plan for Oxford’s Intelligent Transportation Systems future plans. The ITS helps with technology to create easier traffic flow. (August 4, 2011, Page 2)

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                City OKS changes to weed regs, plot prices

                The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved changes to two ordinances on Tuesday. The weed ordinance found a more streamlined process to determine if property is a menace and how to communicate with owners. The city also approved to increase grave costs from $300 to $700 or from $600 to $1400 for a lot. For non-residents the city will now charge $1,000 per grave or $2,000 per lot. The cost increase goes into effect Sept. 1. A moratorium on purchasing is in effect until that time. (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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                  It’s not just the heat, it’s the apprehension

                  Is, as T.S. Eliot wrote, April the cruelest month. News Editor Jonathan Scott suggests it might actually be August because of all involved with starting school again. He takes a look at the concerns that parents have to help their children from pre-K through seniors in high school deal with this month every year. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Glynna McKendree writes to thank all involved for helping the “Stand Behind Those Who Stood In Front of Us” campaign reach its goal much earlier than expected, and to remind everyone that the project and others to honor veterans is still ongoing. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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