The Christmas holidays are a time, if there is any during the year, when we need to be thankful for all we have in our country. Local columnist Jimmy Reed points out that today’s date (the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entrance into World War II) and Christmas mark notable times in our country’s history and in it becoming the nation it is today, and urges all of us to keep an attitude of thankfulness. (December 7, 2010, Page 4)
A.B. Wilson writes to relate a disturbing incident that happened in connection with the recent Ole Miss-Mississippi State football game, while Nell Green writes to explain some of the policies and practices required when holding a local election. (December 7, 2010, Page 4)
The local chapter of the American Red Cross is asking community members to “adopt” a fire family for $1,200 which will cover shelter, clothing and food for one family of four for a few days during its Friends of Fire Families campaign that runs through January.
The Lafayette County-based Red Cross chapter recently lost national funding to help families who are burned out of their homes. For more information on the program or to donate money, call 236-1282. (December 6, 2010, Page 3A)
The Board of Aldermen will consider two Sunday alcohol sales issues on Tuesday after a year of discussions, denied requests from the Oxford Restaurant Association and an Alcohol Task Force that found more than half of Oxford residents in favor of sales. (December 6, 2010, Page 1A)
Are your doors and windows decorated. What about outside lights or inflatable snowmen or Santas? Editor Don Whitten gives an update on the Christmas decorating at his house and offers some hints and guidelines to follow to help make this time of the year safe and enjoyable. (December 6, 2010, Page 4A)
While The Lanes bowling alley has been released to an insurance company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the investigation into what caused the massive blaze that destroyed Oxford’s bowling alley continues.
The shell of what remained of the fire that destroyed the 50-year-old building was demolished last week. (December 3, 2010, Page 1A)
For the second time this year, Arseniy Parshikov’s custom car stereo installment business has fallen victim to burglars who have stolen thousands of dollars in stereo equipment.
Sometime on Sunday, someone broke into Bump in Da Trunk, located on College Hill Switch, and stole $10,000 to $15,000 worth of electronics, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigator Scott Hill said. Because of the “insanity,” Parshikov said he has decided to close the doors to his car audio and video equipment businesses and become a mobile business. (December 3, 2010, Page 2A)
The regular meeting of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lafayette County Chancery Building. This week’s agenda includes discussion about the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi move and a report from the United Way. See Page 5B for the entire agenda. (December 3, 2010, Page 5A)
Everything from the fun Christmas songs to deeply, religious sacred music is on the program for Sunday’s holiday concert, “An Oxford Christmas: Let There be Light!,” at the Ford Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The concert will be at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Oxford and organized by the church’s music minister, Thomas Barrett. (December 3, 2010, Page 5A)
Around 537 children will have a nice surprise from Santa this year after the ICM and Rotary Club of Oxford-Ole Miss will team up for the annual Christmas Store on Dec. 11 to allow families in need to receive gifts and books for their children. (December 3, 2010, Page 12a)