Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to be careful this Halloween which will be held Sunday in Oxford. Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin recommends some safety tips. (October 29, 2010, Page 3A)
By 2017 the Oxford School District plans to have completed a massive $54 million renovation and expansion of nearly all of its facilities. School officials unveiled the details of its capital improvement plan at a special meeting held Thursday, just two days after voters approved a $30 million bond referendum. School officials plan to add another $24 million to the bond money to accomplish their ambitious building program. (October 29, 2010, Page 1, 11A)
Four Oxford men have been arrested and charged with committing several burglaries in the city of Oxford and Lafayette County.
On Oct. 5, a deputy responded to a burglary at a home off Old Highway 7 North, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Scott Mills said. While the deputy was interviewing the victims, he obtained information about the suspects and their vehicle.
A short time later, a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle that matched the description and searched the vehicle where he found stolen items from the burglary on Old Highway 7 North.
Arrested were Steven Obermeier, 19, Lee Earnest Liggins, 23, Shawntez D’Angelo Draper, 19, and Corey Terrell Moody, 21, all of Oxford. (October 28, 2010, Page 2)
The Lafayette County Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its annual meeting tonight at the Oxford Conference Center. Registration for the event starts at 6.
Tickets to attend the event are $10 per person, with dinner being served by Taylor Grocery at 6:30 and keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran taking the podium at 7. (October 28, 2010, Page 5)
People of all ages, from business owners to preschoolers, are getting involved in the Pink Dress Run benefit to promote breast cancer awareness.
The Pink Dress Run will be held tonight from 6 to 8:30 on the Square. Registration is $15 and the run will begin at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard and end at the Square. And, of course, participants are asked to wear pink. (October 28, 2010, Page 1)
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)