Joel Miller and Sue Cook both write in response to Dr. Will Dabbs’ guest column about the culture of alcohol locally. Miller says the problem needs to be addressed at its core, while Cook says that Dabbs’ commentary is right on target. (October 12, 2010, Page 4)
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity donated snacks for the Leap Frog kids for Mondays and Wednesdays after the non profit organization lost its snack sponsor. (October 12, 2010, Page 6)
- Oxford named Lighthouse School Leader
- Trash becomes cash at Della
- MSA to host information event
- Square Toast for Scholarships set for Nov. 8
- Deadline set for ornament contest
- Essay winners announced
- LHS fields team for national cyber competition
- GED testing set at NWCC
- October is Head Start Awareness Month
- Oxford Middle School inducted BETA club
Tommy Naron, the new headmaster at Oxford University School said he is excited to join the staff and help the school to the next level – such as working on gaining accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. (October 12, 2010, Page 5)
BREAKING NEWS — The Planning Commission on Monday night approved rezoning changes to the over 500 acre Oxford Commons to allow for a potential healthcare location and potential school zone. While developer Kenny Farrell said both Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi and Oxford School District were considering the locations, they were in no way confirmed but were one of several sites being considered for both major projects. (October 11, 2010)
A town hall meeting to discuss the upcoming Oxford School District Bond referendum will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Oxford High School Cafeteria. This will be the only town hall meeting set before the Oct. 26 vote for $30 million in bonds to renovate local schools and build a new high school. (October 11, 2010, Page 1, 5a)
The unveiling of the L.Q.C. Lamar statue on Saturday brought a crowd of people to celebrate the legacy of the former Senator and also celebrate the arts. The bronze statue, created by local artist Bill Beckwith, now greets visitors to the entrance of the museum and former home of Lamar. (October 11, 2010, Page 1)
To be more than just a Band-Aid to the growing homeless problem in Oxford and Lafayette County, the Oxford Homeless Task Force voted Sunday to launch a new initiative to form a Transitional Housing program.
Sherry Williams-Jenkins heads up the shelter committee. After reviewing different types of shelters and the feasibility of having a homeless shelter in Oxford, the committee decided the best way to offer more than just temporary fixes is to institute a more long-term solution. (October 11, 2010, Page 1A)
While every firefighter puts their life on the line each time they go out on a fire, the Exchange Club of Oxford honored two of those firefighters during its weekly meeting Thursday.
The 2010 Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Jonathan Hollis with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Howard Thweatt with the Oxford Fire Department. (October 11, 2010, Page 2A)
When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.
With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.
A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.
Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)