A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
Lydia Jones wants other caregivers to know they aren’t alone.
Jones will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively Fair during a workshop at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)
While admitting he had to be dragged into green interests, Mayor Pat Patterson said those who led him that way were right and he challenged the community to reach a 50 percent recycling goal by next year. The city currently has close to 41 percent recycling rates based on the number of residences within city limits. Patterson also offered the university a recycling bin that will be picked up for free by the city. The Mayor was on hand along with Chancellor Dan Jones to honor local sustainability leaders.
With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)
A law aimed at cracking down on transient vendors is on hold as the Oxford Board of Aldermen tries to figure out how to word the measure in a way that it doesn’t harm small businesses, such as the popular hot dog cart frequently parked outside the Freeland Law Firm. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)
To help raise funds for Thacker Mountain Radio and to kick off his eighth novel, “Infamous,” local author Ace Atkins is presenting a vintage radio-style serial with a host of local actors who will bring the book’s characters to life on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theater. Also featured in Oxford Town. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)
A free one-day workshop presented by the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Recycling Coalition will help recycling programs improve efficiency and boost collection. The event is set for May 20 at the Oxford Convention Center. (April 21, 2010, Page 7)
A few years back, the government decided to try “virtual fences” with radar, cameras and sensors along the border between the United States and Mexico. With illegal immigration becoming a bigger issue with each passing day, Editor Don Whitten wonders if lawmakers ready to swap virtual fences for real ones don’t have a pretty good idea. (April 21, 2010, Page 4)
Coffeeville has been recommended as one of 18 school districts in the state to be consolidated, according to a report by the Colorado-based consulting firm Augenblick, Palaich and Associates Inc. which was released on Monday.
Should Coffeeville decide to consolidate, the firm recommended it merge with Water Valley; the two schools are just over 10 miles apart. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)