It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Decorations on display, grocery stores filled with Christmas goodies. And now it is time to prepare for the annual Lion’s Club Christmas Parade. Applications are now available at the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce at 299 W. Jackson Ave. (November 15, 2010, Page 5A)
Collection of shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child begins today. Collectors estimate a goal of 3,500 shoeboxes to be collected for Lafayette County. Boxes should be delivered to the Orchard at 1606 Highway 30 E. For information, call 801-8511. (November 15, 2010, Page 3A)
A new restaurant, The Round Table, opened on the Square recently and is set to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Owned by Griffin Tanner and Jeff Dunham, the site is at the former Ghost Soldier bar but now also includes the upstairs. (November 15, 2010, Page 6A)
Some Oxford EAGLE readers aren’t happy when the paper has “too much” local news and not enough state and national news because The EAGLE is the only paper they subscribe to. Others are bothered because of the amount of Associated Press content because they buy The EAGLE to get local news. Editor Don Whitten tries to give a little insight into the daily decisions made by your community newspaper. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Syl Moorhead writes to take a look back at the 1938 midterm elections and draw parallels with the recent 2010 midterm elections. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)
The annual Veterans Day ceremony, held at the National Guard Armory Thursday, started off with patriotic music supplied by the Oxford Middle School Band, under the direction of Marsha Morgan, Len Killough and Jared Brownlee.
Jeff Bruce, chaplain of the American Legion Post 55, gave the invocation, and Lloyd Oliphant, president of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors, welcomed the crowd. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Dr. R. Walker Byars and his staff at the Oxford Surgical and Bariatric Clinic are doing more this holiday season than taking care of the health care needs of their patients; they’re also taking care of the needs of The Pantry. (November 12, 2010, Page 3A)
LovePacks started last year as a pilot program at Bramlett Elementary and has quickly grown up to feed about 40 children at all three Oxford elementary schools. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Sitting on a horse for eight to 10 hours can create a sore situation, even for experienced riders.
An anonymous donor has allowed to Oxford Police Department to buy new, more comfortable saddles for the members of OPD’s Mounted Patrol. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
We have all read or have heard stories about malicious mischief by college students around the United States. The students of the University of Mississippi have also, over the years, been accused of perpetrating mischief during their years on campus. The following is an event that happened in April of 1852. It concerns one of the first trustees of the Ole Miss, Col. James Brown, and his horse, while it was hitched in front of the Lyceum.
First I would like to give you a little background on Col. James Brown. Brown came to Lafayette County in 1836 and was an extensive purchaser of Indian lands in the county. He paid $11,040 for 11 and a half sections of land by 1837. A section of land is 640 acres.
This was in the first two years after the Chickasaw lands were opened up for sale by the government. His purchases were widely scattered over the area, but mostly located in those parts of the county where large land purchasers were operating. His holdings were considered extensive for the day as they would be today.
Brown being one of the original setters of Lafayette County and one of the wealthiest landowners, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the university in 1846. He was very active in the governance of the university and served as a trustee until 1870, when the Republican legislature reorganized the board. (November 12, 2010, Page 2B)