Bernie and Peggy Smith write to urge members of the community to come to Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting to show support for overturning a decision by the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission about two houses that St. John’s owns and wants to donate to charity. (August 16, 2010, Page 4)
Square businesses were notified this week that all garbage Dumpsters will be removed from South 10th and 11th Streets in an effort to make the Square more attractive, while freeing up parking spaces often occupied by delivery trucks.
All businesses, using city Dumpsters, will be required to haul off their garbage to the city’s one compactor site in the parking lot at the corner of South 11th Street and Harrison Avenue, which is behind City Grocery and Old Venice Pizza restaurants on the south side of the Square. (August 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford will finally have its say in the on-going debate regarding Sunday alcohol sales. The newly formed Oxford Alcohol Committee wants more feedback from the public and is giving the public two weeks to respond to an online survey. Citizens interested in responding can make their feelings known about Sunday alcohol sales by going to the city website and submitting responses. (August 13, 2010, Page 1)
Many care packages to soldiers, sailors, marines, et cetera on bases and in action both near and far have long contained the same items: razors, toothpaste, wet wipes, paperback books, cookies and cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Those last two items aren’t allowed to be sent through the mail any more, however, because of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act. Editor Don Whitten argues that the ban should not affect the brave men and women standing in harm’s way. (August 13, 2010, Page 4A)
Local physician Dr. Keith Mansel tackles diets and some of the studies and what they show about the best way to diet. Mansel breaks down the diet into detail with different kinds of foods, and looks at the recommendations. (August 12, 2010, Page 14A)
Laurie Branch, 9, was presented an award Wednesday by the Oxford Fire Department for alerting adults to a fire in a house on Peyton Circle. (August 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford’s first Endurance Weekend begins tomorrow through Sunday and city organizers are looking forward to good weather with a mix of running and bike races as well as a triathlon, the weekend has a little something for every athlete. For registration or more information, visit http://oxfordenduranceweekend.racesonline.com. (August 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Children’s brains are like sponges and they pick up on so much going on around them, things both good and bad. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg found out just how much her 4-year-old knew about 911 and taking care of herself years ago, and she’s seen more examples lately with youngsters alerting adults about house fires at neighbors. (August 12, 2010, Page 4A)
Emergency loans are still available for Lafayette County farmers who lost crops or revenue due to the spring storms that wreaked havoc in several counties. Since Lafayette County is contiguous to the primary natural disaster area, it was designated eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Loan packages can be picked up at the Oxford Farm Service Agency office at 2610 W. Oxford Loop although the loans are processed in Calhoun County. Palmer said a loan officer can often arrange to meet a farmer in Oxford if needed. For more information or to set up appointment, call 234-8701 or 628-8732. (August 11, 2010, Page 2)