News Editor Jonathan Scott notes that today marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and he recalls that time in his life with brothers in the service and growing up wondering about whether the war would end before he turned 18. Memories of stories from family and others who served in Vietnam are important, Scott writes, and he notes that local veteran Gene Hays has penned a book, “Year of the Monkey,” that tells some of those stories we need to hear. (April 30, 2010, Page 4A)
Despite initial estimates that a new softball field at Oxford High School would cost $1.2 million, bids on the project have come in at roughly half the cost. The Oxford School Board on Thursday approved the final two phases of the project for a total cost of $643,960. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)
When there’s a domestic assault involving the use of hands — smacking, kicking or hitting — the abuser is generally charged with simple assault. When a weapon of any kind is involved, the abuser can be charged with aggravated assault which is a felony offense.
A new bill signed by Gov. Haley Barbour now allows strangulation to be considered an aggravated assault. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Principal Margaret Boyd enjoys sharing her longtime hobby of growing flowers and vegetables with children at Lafayette Elementary School. Recently, she had the opportunity to show kids how to plant vegetable seeds when the University of Mississippi’s Students for a Green Campus came out to host a Green Field Day for second graders. (April 29, 2010, Page 3)
The fifth annual Kayla Gala, the Oxford High School Theater Department’s play benefiting the Kayla Sue Mize Endowment, will be held Friday through Sunday and feature the staging of “Almost, Maine.” (April 29, 2010, Page 1-5)
After months of off-and-on debate over whether Oxford should allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday, some local leaders are indicating they’re ready to let the community finally decide this long simmering issue. (April 29, 2010, Page 1-5)
Despite a down-turn in the economy, the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County met and exceeded its $425,000 goal for its 2009 campaign, raising a total of $425,732 to be distributed to 16 of its partner agencies. (April 29, 2010, Page 1)
The city sales tax collections continue their positive growth which means Oxford could find itself on solid financial ground for the first time since the economic slowdown began in 2008.
For the third month in a row, sales tax collections in Oxford climbed. This month’s report saw a big increase. (April 29, 2010, Page 3)
Local physician Dr. Keith Mansel talks about blood pressure issues in this week’s health column. He explains the issues involved with high blood pressure, causes, effects and potential problems. (April 29, 2010, Page 12)
Editor Don Whitten writes about the notable birthdays we all celebrate, citing those we are anxious to have and those we dread showing up. A look at the milestone marks in life shows the divisions in time. (April 29, 2010, Page 4)