With ridership again doubled this month at 46, 643 or about 2,000 riders a day, the Oxford University Transit system is starting to get crowded. Citing a safety need, the University of Mississippi is requesting changes to the popular Student Union bus stops. (October 15, 2010, Page 5a)
Former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop at the University of Mississippi on Thursday to encourage college students to go to the polls Nov. 2 and vote for Democrats or they will be “committing malpractice.” Clinton made his remarks in the Grove before an estimated crowd of 2,000 to 3,ooo. It was Clinton’s 76th stop on the stump trail to show support for Democrats in tight races against Republicans. (October 15, 2010, Page 1, 2a)
The Delta Blues Stearman Fly-In is open to all aircraft and aviation enthusiasts and the general public is welcome to come out to the airport to see the aircraft and visit the pilots.
Several flying contests and events are planned for Saturday. The public is invited to pack their lounge chairs and come hang-out at the airport.
Stearman aircraft will be featured, as well as other vintage aircraft and more modern sport aircraft. (October 15, 2010, Page 3A)
Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is a friend of author Curtis Wilkie which he points out in the first sentence of the Author’s Note of his recently published book, “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” which highlights the rise and fall of the former trial attorney
Wilkie will be doing a book signing at Square Books at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the official release day. (October 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Was former President Bill Clinton in Oxford on Thursday to stump for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers or was he just making another stop on a Get Out And Vote campaign nationwide? Or, as Editor Don Whitten writes, wasn’t it both – plus urging the Ole Miss students to get out and help the Democrats protect the gains that group helped them get two years ago? (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Anne Steel writes to give an update on an earlier informal study of the number of discarded cans and bottles she picked up near the Square – and things are any better, while Ken McGraw writes to tout Travis Childers as the choice for those who want an “independent” candidate. (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Of the 230 people who responded to The Oxford EAGLE’s online survey asking how much they care about the mascot issue, an overwhelming 44 percent, or 102 people, said they would care about the issue, but they don’t like the mascot choices. While some commented that only Colonel Reb would be their choice, others said they wanted more interesting options. (October 14, 2010, Page 5)
The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee announced this morning that the Rebel Black Bear will be the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels. The bear now becomes the official mascot, replacing Colonel Reb, who was removed as the on-field mascot seven years ago and whose image was officially retired this summer.
The selection committee made the recommendation to University of Mississippi leaders Wednesday night following a thorough analysis of the latest poll of Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
When Lafayette County Board of Supervisors opted out of participating in the new Oxford-University Transportation over a year ago because they felt the busses would not serve county residents adequately, they still wanted to offer reliable transportation to the elderly and disabled people in the county.
Supervisors met with representatives from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who agreed to work with the county in providing transportation in the county for the elderly and disabled. RSVP currently provides transportation to those 55 and older and the disables but only within the city of Oxford.
RSVP will be running a 17-passenger bus and a mini-van in the county on a demand response system. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)