The leash law has been amended to strengthen some language to ensure pets remain on a leash when on public property, particularly in places like Pat Lamar Park. Owners may find themselves with a $173 fine if they don’t follow the law. (December 22, 2010, Page 1)
Editor Don Whitten tells an inspirational story he heard recently about how a community turned out in December to help a family dealing with the death of a loved one, and notes that caring for and helping others is the best gift we can offer at this time of the year. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)
Molly Fergusson writes to explain the miscommunication that led to the recent charities report about the Oxford Film Festival. She points out the discrepancy and said that the festival is run completely by volunteers. (December 22, 2010, Page 4)
Before a public hearing could be held, Alderman Janice Antonow asked Tuesday to have the off-premise sales request removed from the agenda due to a lack of votes that would stop any veto from Mayor Pat Patterson who has promised he will veto any alcohol related issue. (December 21, 2010)
In a troubling sign of how sluggish the building market is in the community, the Lafayette County Planning Commission hasn’t met since September. The commission canceled its meetings in October and November due to a lack of cases to review. December’s meeting, set for Dec. 28, has no new subdivision plans on the agenda.
However, residential building is slightly up in the city of Oxford. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
Winning the Oxford Police Department’s Officer of the Year is not only an honor for Lt. Chris Robertson, he believes it’s one of the highest honors a police officer can hope to gain.
Robertson was given the award last week during OPD’s annual Christmas party and awards banquet. He was one of several awards given out that evening. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Tourism Council gave out $28,000 in community grants on Monday evening to six major events planned for 2011. (December 21, 2010, Page 1)
Things went relatively well when Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze’s 6-month-old son played the baby Jesus in the children’s Christmas program recently at College Hill Presbyterian Church. Schultze looks back at that event and then to the real story of Jesus’ birth years and years ago. (December 21, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about one of the most courageous people he’s ever known – his Italian grandmother – and shows how her courage and actions, particularly at Christmas, inspired so many. (December 21, 2010, Page 4)
Harry Sneed, a local businessman and former president of both the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, writes a guest column calling on local officials to work quickly and efficiently so as not to miss an opportunity to expand local health care services through growth of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. (December 21, 2010, Page 4)