Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about some of our laws and the enforcement of laws after hearing rumors of legalizing marijuana use in Mississippi and then seeing that many current marijuana offenders are getting off easy in court. (June 3, 2010, Page 4)
After more than a year of on-again, off-again debate on whether to allow some form of alcohol sales in Oxford on Sunday, the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted 6-1 to deny an effort to even test the idea. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
A new deer-feeding ordinance was approved Tuesday by the Oxford Board of Aldermen which makes the feeding of deer in the city illegal. The adopted ordinance is one of several steps to combat the growing deer population within city limits. All other options are now available for public input by visiting the city of Oxford website. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
The pavilion at Pat Lamar Park, donated by the Rotary Club of Oxford, is now officially in the hands of the city of Oxford
The club raised $25,000 two years ago to go toward the construction of the pavilion, designed by architect Tom Howorth.
On Tuesday, the club joined city officials at the park to dedicate the pavilion to the city. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)
Local restaurant owner John M. Currence writes, in a guest column, that there are two distinct sides appearing unable to give much ground in the debate over allowing the sale of alcohol in Oxford on Sundays, and he suggests that the best way to reach a compromise might be for both sides to take a look at other communities that allow Sunday sales. (June 2, 2010, Page 4)
A runoff election won’t be needed in the 1st Congressional District with state Sen. Alan Nunnelee winning the Republican primary Tuesday.
Unofficial results show Nunnelee defeated former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and Lafayette County native and former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan. (June 1, 2010, Page 1)
BREAKING NEWS — The Board of Aldermen approved to form a committee to research the possibility of future Sunday sales including a change in laws and restrictions to redefine restaurants and bars as well as other needed ordinances. The motion carried 4-3.
The Board of Aldermen denied 6-1 to request Sunday Alcohol Sales from the Alcoholic Beverage Control on 4th of July and home football weekends for this year with the restaurants being open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Alderman-at-large John Morgan voted for the proposal.
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Rowan Oak will now be open on Mondays this summer as well as additional evening hours for the summer. The change was due to demand from visitors. The museum is also now a member of the Blue Star program which allows active duty military and their families free access to the museum until Sept. 1. (June 1, 2010, Page 3A)
- Lafayette High School concert, women and madrigal choirs have been invited to the Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York.
- Dongsik Kim will join the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Class of 2012.
- Wesley Warren Estock and Joshua McCormick were listed on the president’s list at Mississippi College. Elizabeth McCormick was named to the dean’s list.
- Mary Manning Booker graduated with her Associate in Science in Nursing from Excelsior College.
- McKenna Raney received scholarships to attend Hendrix College.
- Felicity Flesher and Jillian Mattern win National Merit scholarships.
- Several locals graduated from Itawamba Community College.
- Sarah Kathryn Gates graduates from Louisiana State University with honors.
- Head Start hosts a multi-cultural week.
- A copy of the federal programs application for both Lafayette and Oxford are available for review in the district offices.
- GED Testing is now being offered by Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Alexandra Timofte just completed second grade at Oxford Elementary School, learning English as her fourth language while visiting America with her parents. Vlad and Aida are visiting mathematics professors at the University of Mississippi. In her short time here, Alexandra has gone on to become an excellent chess player and will now compete at the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational on July 25-30. (June 1, 2010, Page 6a)