After serving the Lafayette County School District as its superintendent since 2002, Mike Foster will retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31, 2011.
Foster made the announcement Tuesday at the county school board meeting. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
A first public hearing on changes to the city leash law was held on Tuesday with no one from the public to comment. Changes include not allowing dogs to roam free other than on owner’s property and on a future dog park in the city. A second public hearing will be held in two weeks. (December 8, 2010, Page 3)
While the Board of Aldermen approved Sunday alcohol sales for on-premise permit holders on Tuesday, supporters should wait to pop the cork to celebrate until Mayor Pat Patterson decides if he will veto the issue. If he does not, than the city must wait for state approval. The board also heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing Sunday off-premise sales from noon to 6 p.m. which means beer and light wine could be sold at convenience stores. The mayor promised to veto the issue if passed. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)
Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)
Debbie Cook Hewlett writes to urge members of the community to share in the excitement of the Lafayette High School football team winning a state championship and going 16-0 by helping members of the team raise money for championship rings, while Joanne and Mark Wilkinson congratulate the Ole Miss Theater Department for an outstanding job with “A Christmas Carol.” (December 8, 2010, Page 4)
BREAKING NEWS — The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 this evening in support of a resolution that will allow on-premise alcohol sales on certain Sundays, such as those after Ole Miss home football games and those Sundays when a holiday falls them, such as Valentine’s Day. Mayor Pat Patterson has two weeks to decide whether he will veto the resolution. If he does not veto the resolution, the board can take the request to the the state Alcoholic Beverage Control board. (December 7, 2010)
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold all future negotiations between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials in open, public meetings.
Supervisor Mike Pickens made the motion, claiming recent information released to the public through the media had been inaccurate.
The vote passed unanimously to hold all negotiations with Baptist in an open forum unless advised to do so otherwise by board attorney David O’Donnell. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Lion’s Club Christmas Parade announced its winners Tuesday morning after Monday evenings cold, yet musical, hour long parade of floats, musical acts and antique cars. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
This year’s Boys & Girls Club Ultimate Dine Out fundraiser will offer residents a chance to win $2,000 worth of certificates from local restaurants.
All tickets sold in Oxford will be only be eligible to win the Oxford prize package that consists of certificates from about 48 Oxford and Lafayette County restaurants.
Tickets are $10 a piece and are tax deductible. A donation of $100 will give the buyer 15 tickets. The grand prize will be more than $2,000 in dining certificates. Second prize is $1,000 in certificates and third prize is $500 in certificates. (December 7, 2010, Page 2)
Eley Guild Hardy Architects will be the official firm to build the new $31 million Oxford High School after the Oxford School Board approved them on Monday. A more official contract will be approved at the next meeting once fees are negotiated. (December 7, 2010, Page 5)