With dozens of schools closing in neighboring north Mississippi counties due to icy roadways and two weather-related deaths reported this morning, Lafayette County was spared the worst of the dangerous wintry mix this morning. Lafayette County Road Manager Jerry Haynie and his road crew took to the roads at 5 this morning checking for icy accumulations on county roads.
The temperature hung around 32 degrees this morning, causing some icy patches to form on local roads, but not enough to cause traffic problems in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation noted bridges in Lafayette County were starting to ice over at 7 this morning on its website, wwwgomdot.com. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford Historic Preservation Commission will continue talks in January about a potential new award to give out to local historic preservationists as well as other community outreach events. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)
Joan Lunsford writes to urge everyone to look out for one another during holiday partying, offering suggestions about serving alcohol and offering to be designated drivers. (December 15, 2010, Page 4A)
Lithuanian contemporary dancer, Denisas Kolonychis, will perform at The Powerhouse tonight at 7 p.m. There is no charge however, a donation to the arts is appreciated. (December 14, 2010, Page 3)
The Oxford Planning Commission reconsidered and approved a variance Monday to the owners of Oxford East Shopping Center that will allow them to plant fewer trees in the parking lot than required in the city’s landscaping ordinance and granted a parking lot variance to Rainbow Cleaners, allowing them to have fewer parking spaces at its new spot than required in the city ordinance since most of the traffic is short term and the drive-through window reduces the need for parking. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Pantry, an emergency food bank in Oxford, is feeling the effects of economy and is needing the community’s help to keep up with the growing demand of serving needy families in Oxford. The Pantry has had to cut back on how much food, and the types of food, it is giving to the needy.
Food donations may be brought to The Pantry on Tuesday after 8 a.m. or Call Gene Hartley at 234-2773 for special arrangements. Monetary donations may be mailed to: The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford MS 38655. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
The College Board recently approved a new enhanced optional track for students planning to go to college while maintaining the current prep curriculum as the minimum requirements. (December 14, 2010, Page 2)
The new Oxford High School is now to set to open in fall 2013 rather than in January 2013 as noted earlier. The school board met with architect Michael Jones during a board meeting on Monday to discuss the construction process. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)
Local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed talks about ways he works to help improve his students’ vocabularies and ends up taking a deeper look into Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and how that helps show a definition of faith. (December 14, 2010, Page 4)
C. Snellgrove writes to point out that rude behavior went both ways at this year’s Egg Bowl and adds a call to end the hostility between the schools and fans, while Carol Dorsey writes to thank the community for helping make the recent Biggest Baddest Art Show a big success. (December 14, 2010, Page 4)