Eleven local students, with nine of them from Oxford High School, were among the 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program this year. (September 21, 2010, Page 5)
Phase two of the Pathways Commission project is still postponed while waiting on MDOT to make final approval of changes to help cut down on costs. Meanwhile, the safe routes for schools project which includes adding sidewalks, repairing sidewalks and adding a median and raised crosswalk near Oxford Middle School is set to begin this week. (September 21, 2010, Page 1)
Army ROTC cadet Gabriel Weiss achieved what fewer than 50 cadets a year achieve when he was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement this summer.
The award is one of the highest awards that can be given to a ROTC cadet. (September 20, 2010, Page 3A)
Remember 8-track tapes, rotary-dial telephones, nickel candy bars, encyclopedia sets? Probably not. But what about Etch-a-Sketch, Slinky, Tinker Toys, Yo-yos and Sock Monkeys? Of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why classic toys stay popular while similar-aged items are all but forgotten. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)
A team of medical personal and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church members traveled to Ghana, Africa, last month where they administered medicine for the bodies and ministered to their spirits.
The 13-member team consisted of two nurses, a nurse practitioner and a dentist. Other team members included Bible school teachers, support staff, a minister and team leader, Hollis Crowder.
City tax collections are up for 2010 compared to 2009 with the city tourism tax, or 2 percent tax up 5 percent for the year and the city sales tax up about 1 percent. (September 20, 2010, Page 1A)
To collect 4,000 shoe boxes filled with toys for needy children, local organizer Mae Stone is calling a kick off meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church at 15 CR 207. (September 20, 2010, Page 3a)
Patti C. Harris writes to ask if the change voters were looking for has happened, and she urges people to take a closer look at everything before they vote again in November. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football series, writing about the first few meetings between the two schools and then taking a look at a notable 1947 meeting when John Vaught’s Rebels overcame an early-season loss to the Commodores to win the Southeastern Conference championship. (September 17, 2010, Page 4B)
Remember the cartoon series, “The Jetsons,” that told us about the “future” with robots and flying cars and such? Word that a company in Massachusetts is coming out with a flying car brought memories of those promises from “The Jetsons” back to News Editor Jonathan Scott who takes a look at some other things we once thought we might have by now. (September 17, 2010, Page 4A)