In a surprise move, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday at an informational public hearing to move forward with negotiations with officials from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford.
After an hour-plus presentation by Dick Cowart, legal counsel for Baptist, and a round of questions from the standing-room-only audience, Supervisor Mike Pickens made a motion to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital to allow the hospital corporation to buy out of the original lease it had with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County for about $60 million. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
An Abbeville woman pleaded guilty in the death of her infant child and an Oxford man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife in two separate manslaughter cases. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
At 6 this evening the Oxford School Board will hold a community meeting to gather ideas about the new highschool. The meeting is set for the Oxford High School auditorium. (January 25, 2011, Page 3)
A tragic house fire this last Thursday in Oxford that took the like of Patricia “Tricia” K. Wilkerson has now claimed a second victim – homeowner Frances Brown. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)
Oxford High School Theatre students will compete with “Antigone” at the regional level after coming in as runner up last week at the Mississippi Theatre Association competition in Tupelo. The students are also busy this week and next selling the special grand patron, patron and advertiser tickets. (January 25, 2011, Page 6)
John Young, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi, has found with three years of research that Mississippi students are having more mental health struggles than peers nationwide. (January 25, 2011, Page 6)
Those who write newspaper columns, local writer Jimmy Reed says, don’t know who reads them, where they live or how they’ll react. One of his recent columns, however, got a positive reaction with a reader giving Reed a couple of examples of God answering prayers. (January 25, 2011, Page 4)
Last month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating January as National Stalking Awareness Month.
Linda Abbott, coordinator of the UM Violence Prevention Office, and Detective Jimmy Williams with the Oxford Police Department discuss two types of stalking and what to do in the event you fall victim to a stalker. (January 24, 2011, Page 1)
Compared to December of 2009 with December of 2010, fewer building permits were filed with the city of Oxford in December, but the total financial investment of these permits was much higher, according to a new report. (January 24, 2011, Page 1)
Looking for some general or detailed historical information about Oxford, one of the many communities in Lafayette County or the University of Mississippi? Look no further than “Lafayette County Heritage,” a 1986 book that’s in its fourth printing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the popular resource book that’s available from the Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society. (January 24, 2011, Page 4)