Around 537 children will have a nice surprise from Santa this year after the ICM and Rotary Club of Oxford-Ole Miss will team up for the annual Christmas Store on Dec. 11 to allow families in need to receive gifts and books for their children. (December 3, 2010, Page 12a)
Water Valley and Taylor will host their annual Christmas Parade this Saturday afternoon with Oxford to follow on Monday at 7 p.m. (December 3, 2010, Page 1A)
Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)
After 15 years of serving eclectic, but always delicious dishes, the Yocona In Exile restaurant — previously Yocona River Inn — will close its doors this weekend.
Yocona in Exile was opened in Abbeville after a fire in the spring of 2009 destroyed the original restaurant, Yocona River Inn. Osborn relocated her restaurant and renamed it when she reopened it a year ago in Abbeville. The new restaurant gave the downtown area of the tiny town a spark of new life. (December 2, 2010, Page 2A)
Faculty member Wendy Goldberg began holding Sabbath services in August where about 50 people have been attending. From the faculty and staff group, students formed an official student organization, University of Mississippi Jewish Community, which is holding its first event this weekend.
The UMJC’s inaugural Hanukkah Latke Study Break Party will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Student Union Ballroom. The cost is $5 for nonstudents, while students can attend the party for free. There will be latkes, drinks, games and face painting. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
The stained glass windows in Ventress Hall will receive a renovation of the lead holding them together over the next few months thansk to Pearl River Glass Studio and a grant by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s investigators were kept hopping last year as home burglaries increased rapidly throughout the holiday season.
Investigator Scott Mills said while less burglaries have occurred in the county compared to this time last year, he expects things to pick up quickly. Many of the recent burglaries show some signs of semblance, however Mills said he and the other investigators aren’t sure they are all related. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
During the holidays theft climbs about 40 percent in the city of Oxford so police chief Mike Martin shares tips with you on how to keep your possessions safe. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
EAGLE Staff Writer Melanie Addington writes about a subject she wished she didn’t know a whole lot about – dealing with the trauma of having someone break into your home. She urges residents to be careful and be smart, especially with the holidays here. (December 2, 2010, Page 4A)
Even more proudly, she will tell you at the age of 100, she still lives in that house alone.
Johnson was born on Dec. 1, 1910, two miles west of Banner. She has lived alone since her husband, Willie A. Johnson, died in 1981 at the age of 90. (December 1, 2010, Page 1)