When the lights flicker, it could mean another grey squirrel has lost his life on a power line in Oxford. Squirrels cause $10-$15,000 in damages each year despite City of Oxford’s Electric Department’s best efforts to keep them away. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
Have you decided on any New Year’s resolutions? With only a couple of days to go before 2011 hits, Editor Don Whitten makes a few suggestions including resolutions about eating, exercising, reading, voting – and writing letters to the editor. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)
Alan Lamb writes, tongue only partly in cheek, to ask if anyone else has noticed the lack of working turn signals on automobiles in Oxford and wonders if there shouldn’t be a protest about the slight. (December 29, 2010, Page 4)
It was a storm that altered quite a few lives in Abbeville.
The F2 tornado ripped through Abbeville on May 2. It was an early Sunday morning when it hit, damaging about 40 homes and taking one woman’s life. Phyllis Sabbatini, 45, was killed when the tornado directly hit her home. Nearby homes had severe damage as well. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.
Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about a friend and former student to show a trait he’s resolving to try to take on in 2011 – naturalness. (December 28, 2010, Page 4)
Owning a commercial recording studio seemed to happen by coincidence for local musician David Kincaid.
Kincaid, who has been in the music scene for about 20 years, began collecting studio equipment a few years ago in an attempt to record some of his own tracks, but now he, along with producer/engineer Bryan Ward, is helping others reach their dreams in music at The Tone Room recording studio located at 1420 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 102. (December 27, 2010, Page 8)
When the Vision 2020 committees met in 1998, part of what they researched was housing, education and government changes needed to help ensure the community was prepared for future growth. As the third part of this five week series, the EAGLE looks at what changes have come to fruition and what got left behind. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford EAGLE takes a look back at the major stories in the first three months of 2010 and the beginning of a year long alcohol discussion for the community, showing the divide between supporters of Sunday sales and those who oppose the culture of alcohol. (December 27, 2010, Page 1)