Oxford High School was named a star school in the latest accountability rankings from the Mississippi Department of Education. Overall the local school districts fared about average on the state’s accountability rating system. Lafayette and Water Valley School Districts were listed as academic watch. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
With the on-again, off-again plans of a Florida preacher to burn copies of the Quran in the news, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at issues involving the First Amendment and protection of freedom of speech. There’s a fine line that can be crossed when speech or actions become threats and dangerous to others, and there are many that feel this situation fits the bill. (September 10, 2010, Page 4A)
Oxford EAGLE columnist, Dr. Shaun Helmhout, gives sound advice about the upcoming flu season. Her warning – don’t let your guard down now that the CDC has declared the H1N1 pandemic over. (September 9, 2010, Page 12)
Emma Credille and Jenny Urban share a close bond formed from personal tragedies that few others could ever understand.
In March, both girls lost their fathers to suicide.
Both girls are involved in the upcoming “Out of the Darkness” community walk, the signature fundraising event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which provides funding for research and local suicide prevention education programs. The walk is slated for Nov. 7 at the Lyceum Circle on the University of Mississippi campus.
Ridership on the Oxford University transit system is up 44 percent this month as students returned to the university. The system will also be purchasing a new GPS system, solar panels for bus stops and a security camera system due to American Recovery Reinvestment Act funds. (September 9, 2010, Page 1)
Almost nine years after beginning the project, the Burns Belfry Church renovation is nearing the end. Approving to begin the bid process for the final two phases this week, the Oxford Lafayette County Heritage Foundation will now move forward with a six to eight month construction job. (September 9, 2010, Page 1)
A Macomb, Mich., judge recently removed a juror, required her to write an essay and fined her $250 for commenting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. The judge sent a definite message, but there’s also another one there – people should be aware of the problems they can get into by posting photos and texts on social network sites. Editor Don Whitten writes about how searches of those sites can affect potential employees or those seeking advancement. (September 9, 2010, Page 4)
If county officials agree to help, the Oxford Park Commission is hoping to build the largest community tennis facility in Mississippi.
OPC Director Rob Boyd asked the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to consider chipping in $1.5 million with the city of Oxford to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility from 12 to 24 courts. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
Local law enforcement agencies reported a busy but typical game day weekend with more than 55 arrests in the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi combined.
OPD had four mounted police officers controlling crowds on the Square during the game weekend, along with eight officers who were on foot patrol. Around midnight, those officers were also joined by several patrol officers coming to help as the bars closed and masses of party-goers walked out onto the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 2)
The number of students attending Lafayette County schools continues to grow, Superintendent Mike Foster said.
Foster reported the early enrollment numbers Tuesday to the members of the Lafayette County School Board. The report notes the district has 65 more students this year compared to last school year. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)