A CONVERSATION WITH — Eddie Willis is starting a new phase of his life back on the Ole Miss campus at the Wesley Foundation ministry. For many weeks before students set foot on campus Willis was busy preparing a place for them. Now that the students have arrived, Willis is ready to begin his position he sees as a “ministry coach” and help the group grow back into a healthier size. (August 26, 2010, Page 3)
After running a story about a child left on a bus at Lafayette Elementary School, the bus driver came forward with her side of the story – hoping to clarify that the school system had immediately notified the family. (August 26, 2010, Page 1)
Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle recalls years and years of tailgating, whether outside Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson, out of the backs of cars in the Grove at Ole Miss or in the current “tent city” style all over the UM campus as she and other family members get ready for another season of Rebel football – and tailgating. (August 26, 2010, Page 4)
Lena L. Ward writes to agree with Sid Salter’s recent column about mental health care and adds that considering closing the North Mississippi State Hospital shows we can go lower. (August 26, 2010, Page 4)
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence – an interdisciplinary program that brings together the Schools of Engineering, Accountancy, and Business Administration at the University of Mississippi is reportedly the only undergraduate program of its kind in the country. The program is off to a good start with 27 students enrolled and more are expected as the nearby Toyota plant opens. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.
The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.
The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have made several recent arrests of those they feel are responsible for area burglaries including a break-in at the Lafayette High School field house and several vehicle burglaries in Wellsgate. (August 25, 2010, Page 2)
A work-vacation trip to Europe made for some interesting experiences for local columnist John Morgan, who writes about the value of GPS systems when in a foreign land and how surprises can pop up in the least-expected places. (August 25, 2010, Page 4)
The Oxford School District has grown 5 percent since last year with a total enrollement of 3,589 students as of last Monday. Despite growing enrollment, the Oxford School District is focusing in on ways to keep more kids in school until graduation. To improve drop-out rates, the district is developing a new credit recovery program for students who have failed a course twice. By taking the class online class, it will students one last chance to pass the course. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
Financial literacy is high on the list of areas the committee is looking at trying to promote. Al Hope, committee leader and human resource director for the city of Oxford wants to see more communication with residents on what services are available. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)