The City of Oxford and the University of Mississippi were honored at the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Awards ceremony by winning the Circle of Excellence Award. The city also won first place for its recycling program. (May 6, 2010, Page 2)
Jaby Denton writes to comment on the Oxford School District building a softball facility for some $600,000 while the money might have been spent on classrooms. (May 6, 2010, Page 4)
How many of you have seen or heard advertisements on radio and TV offering to help you deal with unwanted debt, credit card problems and high interest rates? Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people still use debt consolidation with the reputation it has, and then figures that hope is what people want even if it is just as costly or is ineffective. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders how courts decide who’s really liable and who should pay when it comes to cases. Recent judgments leave him wondering how some get hit hard and others get off with a slap on the wrist. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)
Abbeville Mayor Betsy Aloway and the Abbeville Board of Aldermen wrote an open letter to thank Bob Collier, North East Power, District 3 Supervisor and Lafayette County workers for helping their community after the tornado last weekend, while Terry Haller wrote to tell how well Mississippi Public Broadcasting helped him with storm details and weather info. Kevin and Beverly Cole and Jeremy Freelon wrote to thank the Oxford Lion’s Club for their help in raising funds for the Lions All-State band, while Holt Montgomery wrote to say that condo dwellers in Oxford would also like to be part of curbside recycling. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)
University of Mississippi alumni have an opportunity on May 19 to voice their opinion on a new mascot during a focus session on May 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sessions are limited to 30 people per session, so reservations are necessary by contacting Lynda Walker in the Alumni Office at 915-7375. More information can be found at mascot.olemiss.edu. (May 5, 2010, Page 2)
Ongoing parking woes and a discussion over the need for a parking garage downtown resurfaced at Tuesday’s Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. City Engineer Bart Robinson presented a proposal for a new parking study for the city, but noted that several parking studies have been done since 2002 and another may not be necessary.
The city will continue to look into the feasibility of a parking structure downtown. (May 5, 2010, Page 6)
The first reading of a deer management ordinance was held Tuesday at the Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. The measure is a result of months of debate over how to regulate a growing deer population within the city limits. The ordinance proposes to ban deer feeding in the city limits by first providing a warning, then a $50 fine, and finally a $100 fine for subsequent violations. (May 5, 2010, Page 1-6)
Oxford letter carriers will join U.S. Postal letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities all over the country during its 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive by collecting nonperishable and canned food goods that residents can place in a bag near the mailbox on Saturday morning. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)
To ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census, census takers have taken to the street in the community this week to visit with households who haven’t returned their census forms.
Unfortunately, as finals at the University of Mississippi wrap up this week, many doorbells may go unanswered. (May 5, 2010, Page 1)