From his work as a civil rights activist, who was instrumental in integrating Oxford public schools, to working with felons as a U.S. probation officer, to serving as a Lafayette County Planning Commissioner, Leonard Thompson’s death Monday has been called a major loss for the community as a whole.
Thompson died Monday at about 10:30 a.m. after going into anaphylactic shock when he was stung by a wasp while putting his lawnmower up in his garage at his Highway 334 home. (June 23, 2010, Page 1A)
On a mission to provide a weekly meal to the needy, about 50 folks representing every walk of life came together Tuesday evening to learn more about the program slated to begin in September.
College students and the elderly, artists and social workers, the rich and the not-so-rich, gathered at the Stone Center to see what they could do to help provide “More than a Meal” to those members of the community who could use some assistance from time to time. (June 23, 2010, Page 1A)
The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts has teamed up with Americorps to be a host site for a new position designed to fight poverty in North Mississippi.
Currently taking applications, the Volunteer In Service To America — or VISTA — employee will be a one-year full time position that includes a living allowance, health benefits and an education grant which can be used for graduate education or to repay student loans. (June 21, 2010, Page 1)
After a two-year delay caused by the international economic slowdown, Toyota Motor Corp. announced today it’s now planning to open its $1.3 billion Blue Springs assembly plant in the fall of 2011. (June 17, 2010, Page 1)
Local actors graced the stage during opening weekend of the Oxford Shakespeare Festival at the University of Mississippi. Opening the festival was the “Merry Wives of Windsor.” Also playing this year is “Hamlet,” and “King and I.” (June 14, 2010, Page 1, 2)
One of the most distinguished graduates of the University of Mississippi was also a resident of Oxford.
Although Stark Young was born in Como, he would later move with his family to Oxford. Young was born in 1881 and in 1890 his mother died. A few years later, his father, also a graduate of Ole Miss, would remarry and move to Oxford. (June 11, 2010, Page 3B)
Neil Burton, a gifted-student teacher at Oxford Middle School, was one of several teachers who participated in the Mississippi Council on Economic Education’s Master Teacher of Economics program where teachers learn ways to bring lessons about financial responsibility, the economy and entrepreneur endeavors into the classrooms. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)
Each time a police officer or firefighter responds to a call, there’s a risk they may not return home to their families that day.
Everyone of them know the risk and still choose to spend their lives saving and protecting others.
Several Oxford lawyers will be making sure all first-responder’s families are also protected in the event of their loved-ones death. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)
The Department of Energy has awarded $1 million to the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi.
The center has been researching the use of wind farms as an alternative for electrical power. A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location. Individual turbines are connected with a medium voltage power collection systems and communications network. At a substation, the current is increased in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)
Telling people Mississippi is poor and needs to improve its educational system is one thing, but Eric Weber, a professor at the University of Mississippi, hopes to show them. Working on a three-year research project that will result in a documentary, Weber intends to focus on the connection between poverty and failure in education which more often than not is due to self-fulfilling prophecy. (June 7, 2010, Page 1A)