If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a noise? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes that line of questioning and debtate in the world of traffic and laws and wonders about things like school warning lights flashing on the weekend and the lengths of parking spaces. (February 10, 2011, Page 4)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and local veteran organizations honored the winners in this year’s Voice of Democracy Speech competition for high school students and the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest for middle school students Tuesday night at an awards ceremony. (February 9, 2011, Page 2)
With the results of the 2010 Census calculated, the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment has scheduled a series of public meetings to allow the public an opportunity to discuss the effects the census will have on redistricting for the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives.
The first in this series of meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Johnson Commons ballroom on the campus of the University of Mississippi. (February 9, 2011, Page 1)
The show will go on, just one day later, after Oxford High School theatre postponed the opening of the “Wizard of Oz,” from Thursday to a Friday opening. A Sunday show has been added to make up for the delay that was caused by wintry weather expected to enter the area today. (February 9, 2011, Page 1)
Schools let out and the community is bracing for wintry weather for the rest of today with the weekend set for sunnier skies. (February 9, 2011, Page 1)
This weekend’s Oxford Film Festival, in its eighth year, will be featuring lots of films directed, produced and filmed locally and featuring local residents in the cast. There are a number of narratives and documentaries with the local touch as well as a couple of non-competing movies and works-in-progress. Editor Don Whitten talks about some of the must-see movies and warns that planning and early arrival is important. (February 9, 2011, Page 4)
After a three-year search to find Bouré a new home, its owner, chef John Currence, has teamed up with businessman Stefano Capomazza to purchase the building that has housed the popular fine-dining establishment, the Downtown Grill, for his restaurant. (February 8, 2011, Page 1A)
County Engineer Larry Britt updated the board as to the status of the eight-lot University Heights subdivision, owned by James Davis, that apparently was built in 2004 without having a plat on file.
County Attorney David O’Donnell said a suit was filed in June against Davis for noncompliance of the subdivision regulations, however, the suit was dismissed due to the complaint being “vague.” (February 8, 2011, Page 2A)
The eighth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Pantry will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Last year the event raised more than $15,000 for The Pantry — a nonprofit organization that began in 1982 to provide food on an emergency basis to eligible residents in Lafayette County and is staffed by volunteers. (February 8, 2011, Page 3A)
The Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission approved some potential changes to help ease confusion over their efforts to preserve Oxford. (February 8, 2011, Page 2A)