The Oxford Planning Commission reconsidered and approved a variance Monday to the owners of Oxford East Shopping Center that will allow them to plant fewer trees in the parking lot than required in the city’s landscaping ordinance and granted a parking lot variance to Rainbow Cleaners, allowing them to have fewer parking spaces at its new spot than required in the city ordinance since most of the traffic is short term and the drive-through window reduces the need for parking. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Pantry, an emergency food bank in Oxford, is feeling the effects of economy and is needing the community’s help to keep up with the growing demand of serving needy families in Oxford. The Pantry has had to cut back on how much food, and the types of food, it is giving to the needy.
Food donations may be brought to The Pantry on Tuesday after 8 a.m. or Call Gene Hartley at 234-2773 for special arrangements. Monetary donations may be mailed to: The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford MS 38655. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
The College Board recently approved a new enhanced optional track for students planning to go to college while maintaining the current prep curriculum as the minimum requirements. (December 14, 2010, Page 2)
The new Oxford High School is now to set to open in fall 2013 rather than in January 2013 as noted earlier. The school board met with architect Michael Jones during a board meeting on Monday to discuss the construction process. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed talks about ways he works to help improve his students’ vocabularies and ends up taking a deeper look into Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and how that helps show a definition of faith. (December 14, 2010, Page 4)
C. Snellgrove writes to point out that rude behavior went both ways at this year’s Egg Bowl and adds a call to end the hostility between the schools and fans, while Carol Dorsey writes to thank the community for helping make the recent Biggest Baddest Art Show a big success. (December 14, 2010, Page 4)
In the first of a five-part series, the Oxford EAGLE takes a look at the Vision 2020 guiding principles and and overview of the plan now 12 years old. (December 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is partnering with the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce to hold the hands of those trying to improve their health and lifestyles during the Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. campaign that’s set to kicked off the first week of the new year.
The five-month program begins with a registration session that will be held Jan. 3 – 5 at the Baptist HealthPlex. Participants’ may stop by the HealthPlex at their convenience to record their weight, height, body mass index and blood pressure to establish their starting point.
To learn more about Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U, visit the program on Facebook or call 232-8788. (December 13, 2010, Page 1A)
ABBEVILLE — Finding the perfect gift for a gun enthusiast less than two weeks away from Christmas has become a little easier to accomplish thanks to TGC Outdoors and owner Josh Gregory.
The gun shop, located at the old sawmill in Abbeville, has been open since July with Gregory operating the business venture in his spare time from his role as the mill’s manager. Gregory’s pledge to his customers is to provide them with the best deal on a firearm while also adding a lifetime of knowledge about guns and the accessories that come with owning a pistol, rifle or shotgun. (December 13, 2010, Page 6A)
Editor Don Whitten has no immediate plans to change professions, but he did get a little experience at a different one – selling Christmas trees. Whitten writes about his afternoon selling trees at First Presbyterian Church and the things he learned. (December 13, 2010, Page 4A)