A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are investigating the illegal dumping of dead geese on Old Sardis Road. (February 15, 2011, Page 2)
The Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society is opening the doors to its new 4,000-square-foot shelter today after spending the past three days toting the animals to their new home. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Festival organizers are putting together an all-star lineup of both musical acts and art vendors. Recently is was announced that one of Mississippi’s own, the North Mississippi Allstars, will be headlining Saturday night’s music festival. A full lineup is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates Mark Twain’s classic short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to tales he recently shared – with a poker face – with his students. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)
Kaye H. Bryant writes to say that the Oxford High play, “The Wizard of Oz,” was even better than recent year’s performances, Harry A. Sneed writes to thank the local supervisors, mayor and aldermen for their hard work and diligence in dealing with the hospital/health care issue and Anne Steel sent in new numbers that show an alarming trend when it comes to discarded trash around town. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)
The Oxford Park Commission and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council are hosting the second annual Oxford’s Got Talent contest. The contest is scheduled for March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. (February 14, 2011, Page 3A)
The 10-minute community film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade,” helped the Oxford Film Festival almost double its number of attendees this year, according to organizers.
Film Festival co-director Michelle Emanuel said two screenings were planned for the short film, however, they had to show the film an additional four times to accommodate the crowd that showed up to see the film. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
During a work session Friday, Mayor Pat Patterson and the Oxford Board of Aldermen heard a presentation by Ron Hipp, chairman of the Parking Garage Committee, during which he suggested the city consider charging motorists 50 cents an hour for “premium parking” around the Square.
Other topics talked about Friday included forming an investment committee on how to invest the $30 million the city will receive from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying out of its lease with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)