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)
Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us back to the days before the Civil War broke out when fights among students at the University of Mississippi became more common in the days leading up to the war as tensions began to rise. (January 21, 2011, Page 3B)
More than 600 people signed up earlier this month for the new health initiative, “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” Many of those same people took advantage of the free hour-long ballroom dancing session offered for those participating in the program Thursday evening at the Oxford Conference Center. The five-month long program will feature special exercise programs and speakers like Patrick House, the winner of season 10 Biggest Loser who be in Oxford Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. Priority seating goes to those in the program, however the doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the general public. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)
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)