Oxford Town Editor Jeff McVay’s vacation involved flying from Memphis to the West Coast and back, and could have been a very expensive trip had McVay opted for some of the things now considered “extras’ on flights – checked baggage, extra baggage, taking his dog, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten and McVay looked up a short list and found McVay could have been out more than $500 extra had he not limited himself to one carry-on bag and left his dog at home. (August 2, 2010, Page 4)
It’s not your imagination — it’s hot.
In fact, it’s really hot.
According to the National Weather Service, this summer has been the hottest summer since 1953. The hottest summer was 1952, followed by 1943, 1934 and 1953. (July 30, 2010, Page 5A)
Parents and college students shopping for back-to-school clothing will get a small break today and Saturday during Mississippi’s tax-free holiday which began at midnight and ends Saturday night. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)
The first decision made by the newly formed Oxford Alcohol Task Force is that more information is needed from other college towns and areas in Mississippi to help make a decision on what type of Sunday sales – if any – would work best for Oxford. The group met for the first time on Thursday. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Driving through the Square during peak traffic times may be easier due to new commercial loading zones Oxford officials are instituting. Changes affecting Square businesses as well as delivery companies were announced Thursday by Mayor Pat Patterson. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle planned, like many, to retire in Oxford. Sometimes, however, things change and that’s what happened to her, bringing her to Oxford a bit sooner than expected. Pringle writes about the adjustments she and her daughter are making as they get accustomed to living in the community. (July 30, 2010, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray remembers hard times growing up, and looks at how times and people have changed as things got better. Now, he write, we’ve become a people who seem to have a hard time conserving anything. (July 30, 2010, Page 4A)
A United Way committee is looking at ways to improve early childhood education in Oxford and Lafayette County. Accessibility to free or affordable preschools for all Lafayette County children is one area the committee is examining.
Residents living in the flood-prone Chandler Avenue neighborhood near the Oxford Cemetery may soon not have to be so anxious whenever a rain storm passes through town. A long-sought-after drainage improvement project to install additional pipes has begun. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)
By next spring, bicyclists should have several more miles of bike lanes at their disposal throughout Oxford as the city is currently bidding out Phase 2 of the Pathways Project. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)