City tax collections are up for 2010 compared to 2009 with the city tourism tax, or 2 percent tax up 5 percent for the year and the city sales tax up about 1 percent. (September 20, 2010, Page 1A)
To collect 4,000 shoe boxes filled with toys for needy children, local organizer Mae Stone is calling a kick off meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church at 15 CR 207. (September 20, 2010, Page 3a)
Patti C. Harris writes to ask if the change voters were looking for has happened, and she urges people to take a closer look at everything before they vote again in November. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football series, writing about the first few meetings between the two schools and then taking a look at a notable 1947 meeting when John Vaught’s Rebels overcame an early-season loss to the Commodores to win the Southeastern Conference championship. (September 17, 2010, Page 4B)
Remember the cartoon series, “The Jetsons,” that told us about the “future” with robots and flying cars and such? Word that a company in Massachusetts is coming out with a flying car brought memories of those promises from “The Jetsons” back to News Editor Jonathan Scott who takes a look at some other things we once thought we might have by now. (September 17, 2010, Page 4A)
Maryalyn Howell Bullion writes to remind people of the importance of the U.S. Constitution with the beginning of Constitution Week here. (September 17, 2010, Page 4A)
The Lafayette County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a panty-raiding perpetrator that has local law enforcement officers scrambling to calm the fears of women in Oxford and Lafayette County.
Since July, an unknown suspect has been on the loose, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables.
All together, the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have reported about a dozen burglaries where all that was taken was the female occupants underwear or lingerie. Most of the break-ins have occurred in the city with about two occurring in the county. (September 17, 2010, Page 2A)
More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.
That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.
The Oxford Tourism Council approved community grants to four events with a total of $20,000. The council also approved final reports from recipients of last year’s grants although a motion to approve the Thacker Mountain Radio report from 2009 died from a lack of motion. (September 17, 2010, Page 1, 2a)
The new Oxford Lafayette Humane Society animal shelter should be ready by mid-November with plans to move in by the new year. The shelter cost almost $700,000 with funds privately donated as part of the society’s capital campaign and a portion donated from the city and county. (September 17, 2010, Page 1A)