Over the last two weekends, Oxford police officers have made 80 arrests, several being for alcohol-related crimes. Police officers were walking into local bars this weekend checking ID’s. From Friday to Sunday, 45 people were arrested, with 17 minors arrested for underage drinking; eight being charged with DUI and seven being drunk in public. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)
The City of Oxford is preparing for new flood plain maps to be adopted on Nov. 26 which also will change the flood plain administrator to the city building official. Most of the maps will have no change as the city was currently up-to-date. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Hurricane Katrina hit land – on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi – five years ago Sunday. Editor Don Whitten mentions all of the programs and specials marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly and destructive hurricane, but wonders why it seems like there is usually more mention of New Orleans than of the effect on Mississippi. (August 30, 2010, Page 4A)
A bond committee will be focusing on leadership, parents and community, local businesses, and employees and youth as it gathers input from the public and educates everyone involved in a drive to gain passage of a $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District.
The bond committee formed by the district is being co-chaired by Robyn Tannehill and Helen Phillips, who are in charge of the four main committees working with the community between now and the Oct. 26 vote. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)
In March, a group of community leaders and involved citizens attended a retreat to learn how create open dialogue and get people talking about racial and economic divers in the L-O-U community.
As a follow-up to that retreat, the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and The Amos Network of Lafayette County will be holding a Welcome Table retreat, “A Conversation on Race,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. (August 27, 2010, Page 2A)
In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)
With the first act to his new independent movie finished, filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips found himself needing some fresh ideas to complete the script. In May, he called Melanie Addington, whom he had met two years ago at the Memphis International Film Festival, and asked her to help finish writing the script.
Cast and crew have been shooting for the last three weeks in and around Oxford and expect to wrap up this weekend. (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)
The pros are playing exhibition games, the local high schools have all posted an official victory and the Ole Miss Rebels play in just a week. With all kinds of football going on, Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the talk he’s heard about the 2010 season. (August 27, 2010, Page 4A)
The Relay for Life fundraiser 5K for a Cure Race will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at the University of Mississippi Student Union on campus. Registration begins at 6 a.m.
The 3.1-mile route will be contained to the campus — starting and ending at the Student Union. The entry fee is $25 on the day of the event. It’s a tax-deductible donation and includes a T-shirt and goody bag. Buffalo Peak Outfitters will be setting up and giving away prizes to the racers. (August 26, 2010, Page 2)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Eddie Willis is starting a new phase of his life back on the Ole Miss campus at the Wesley Foundation ministry. For many weeks before students set foot on campus Willis was busy preparing a place for them. Now that the students have arrived, Willis is ready to begin his position he sees as a “ministry coach” and help the group grow back into a healthier size. (August 26, 2010, Page 3)