Efforts to create a new park near the Garden Terrace subdivision on the west side of town are finally moving forward after more than a year of discussions with the Oxford Park Commission concerning the location of the open space. The neighborhood is working with OPC and the city to transfer the property to the city to begin the development of the park. (October 28, 2010, Page 1)
Have you got your tricks and treats set up for Sunday evening? Editor Don Whitten passes out some early tricks and treats, but not the kind you’ll be handing out on Halloween. Some get treats for what they’re doing, while others are given tricks. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
The Internet and other technological advances do make communicating a little easier these day, but local columnist T.J. Ray notes that it still doesn’t help us when it comes to knowing how to communicate that we are not in harmony with the actions others take. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
Research has revealed that today’s students aren’t as bothered by other’s misfortunes as they once were. Columnist Deidra Jackson writes about young people of today not being as sensitive and wonders if the times they’ve been raised in have a lot to do with that. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for all of Mississippi despite much-needed rain showers soaked parts of North Mississippi recently.
However, the southern part of the state is still bone dry.
The burn ban was issued by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this month after the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommended the ban to help prevent uncontrolled forest and brush fires after a hot, dry summer left much of Mississippi’s landscape dehydrated. (October 27, 2010, Page 1)
Phillies and Yankees, no doubt. That was the consensus for most of the season, but now we have a surprising matchup in the World Series: San Francisco and Texas. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at the 2010 season and how the Giants and Rangers made it to the Fall Classic. (October 27, 2010, Page 4)
Patti C. Harris writes to defend her recent letter and lists reference sources she used. She stresses that eternal vigilance is not easy, but necessary. (October 27, 2010, Page 4)
The $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District passed by receiving 68 percent of the vote Tuesday. The referendum needed 60 percent for passage. The bonds will be used to build a new high school and improve the other schools in the district to handle the growing student population. (October 26, 2010, Page 1, 2)
Six Lafayette County families were left homeless this weekend when a fire ripped through the Pine Cove Creek Apartments Friday evening. Lafayette County fire inspector Darren Roy was called in to investigate the fire who said the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.
No one was hurt in the fire but the six families were left with nothing.
The Lafayette County chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the families with shelter, food and clothing. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check to: North Central Mississippi American Red Cross Service Center, P.O. Box 97, Oxford, MS 38655. For more information, call 236-1282. (October 26, 2010, Page 10)
Being a sniper is generally not a qualification to be a school resource officer. However, Oxford High School’s Capt. Philip Zampella says it makes him a better policeman.
Zampella and OPD officer Sean Eyler took fourth place in the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association SWAT training in Meridian earlier this month. About 18 teams from around the state competed in the sniper shooting and entry competitions. Zampella and Eyler were two of six OPD SWAT teams members who attended and participated in the competition. The OPD SWAT team earned fifth place in the competition. (October 26, 2010, Page 1)