Abbeville Mayor Betsy Aloway and the Abbeville Board of Aldermen wrote an open letter to thank Bob Collier, North East Power, District 3 Supervisor and Lafayette County workers for helping their community after the tornado last weekend, while Terry Haller wrote to tell how well Mississippi Public Broadcasting helped him with storm details and weather info. Kevin and Beverly Cole and Jeremy Freelon wrote to thank the Oxford Lion’s Club for their help in raising funds for the Lions All-State band, while Holt Montgomery wrote to say that condo dwellers in Oxford would also like to be part of curbside recycling. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)
University of Mississippi alumni have an opportunity on May 19 to voice their opinion on a new mascot during a focus session on May 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sessions are limited to 30 people per session, so reservations are necessary by contacting Lynda Walker in the Alumni Office at 915-7375. More information can be found at mascot.olemiss.edu. (May 5, 2010, Page 2)
Ongoing parking woes and a discussion over the need for a parking garage downtown resurfaced at Tuesday’s Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. City Engineer Bart Robinson presented a proposal for a new parking study for the city, but noted that several parking studies have been done since 2002 and another may not be necessary.
The city will continue to look into the feasibility of a parking structure downtown. (May 5, 2010, Page 6)
The first reading of a deer management ordinance was held Tuesday at the Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. The measure is a result of months of debate over how to regulate a growing deer population within the city limits. The ordinance proposes to ban deer feeding in the city limits by first providing a warning, then a $50 fine, and finally a $100 fine for subsequent violations. (May 5, 2010, Page 1-6)
Oxford letter carriers will join U.S. Postal letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities all over the country during its 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive by collecting nonperishable and canned food goods that residents can place in a bag near the mailbox on Saturday morning. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)
To ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census, census takers have taken to the street in the community this week to visit with households who haven’t returned their census forms.
Unfortunately, as finals at the University of Mississippi wrap up this week, many doorbells may go unanswered. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)
Wesley Phillips, a long snapper for the Ole Miss football team, was injured while riding his mountain bike down a hill and he remained stranded for five hours before help arrived. Members of the Oxford and University Police Departments were involved in the search and rescue. (May 4, 2010, Page 1)
A vote on whether to remove a historic building at 1006 Jefferson Ave. (which last served as the location for Andy’s Steakhouse) was delayed Monday after the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission determined it needed more information. (May 4, 2010, Page 1)
The April 20 explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has brought back feelings of despair to many affected by Hurricane Katrina. It’s also brought together people to try to help with the cleanup and other parts of dealing with the oil spill, including a group of University of Mississippi students called Ole Miss Students for a Green Campus.
For details on the drive to collect supplies to protect and clean up the coastline, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-448-5816. (May 4, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes on those who don’t like much about our state, our region or our country, but don’t mind living here. He suggests they live elsewhere and see how well they fare. (May 4, 2010, Page 4)