Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)
The Oxford School Board approved the contract to purchase 75 acres of land for $3,481,000 near the Oxford Commons on Thursday. The city will purchase 65 acres and pay for the road development with the owners to donate an additional 10 acres. The closing date for the purchase is Wednesday. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)
The L.Q.C. Lamar House exhibits are now set to be installed in March with a grand opening in April after over a year of planning and design. (January 21, 2011, Page 3a)
Big Band Bash will be held at the Nutt auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $15 at the door. (January 21, 2011, Page 3a)
A meeting is set Monday for local officials and Baptist Hospital officials to discuss some of the particulars of a proposed new facility that would involve the current lease of the local hospital. Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes that the open meeting format is good and urges officials to work together for the good of the community and its health care facilities and programs. (January 21, 2011, Page 4A)
An early-morning fire claimed the life of an Oxford woman and sent another woman to the hospital in critical condition, Oxford Fire Department Deputy Chief David Duchaine said.
Firefighters got the call at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to a fire at 1109 S. 14th St., the home of Frances Brown, who was critically injured in the fire. She was flown to a burn center in Alabama.
Officials have identified the woman who died as Patricia K. Wilkerson, 54, originally of Vicksburg. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
The Public Service Commission approved the sale of Bell Utilities to City of Oxford on Wednesday. (January 20, 2011, Page 2)
The Oxford Literacy Council’s annual Mardi Gras bash is set for this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Oxford with tickets for sale at the door. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
The Big Event coming in March is set to let students volunteer for a day of service to say thanks to the Oxford community. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)
The Mississippi State Senate approves a chaplain. Judges out west rule that a cross at a park is unconstitutional. Where’s the separation of church and state and where is the middle ground. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg takes on the wide variety of responses to the issue and suggests that more clear-cut laws would help eliminate these “What?” moments of conflict. (January 20, 2011, Page 4)