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Friday, August 29, 2014

Al Hope

City OKs texting, driving policy

The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to change the Employee Handbook to state that if an employee driving a city vehicle is involved in a wreck while he or she texting, the employee will be sanctioned with a Class 3 offense. (July 2, 2014, Page 1)

Summer job program teaches life, work skills

The city of Oxford and MDOT will team up this summer to help employee 10 area youths who will work for 20 hours a week earning $9 an hour, while learning valuable life and employment skills. (May 13, 2014, Page 2)

City offers discount drug card

The city of Oxford, through the National League of Cities, is offering a free prescription drug card that offers an average of a 23-percent savings on prescription drugs. (November 1, 2013, Page 1A)

Youth Corps program in second year

The city of Oxford has hired nine youths as part of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Urban Youth Corps program. They will spend eight weeks working in various city departments while learning valuable work and life skills. (June 25, 2013, Page 1)

Survey finds accessibility issues

The Mayor’s Commission on Disability in Oxford is reviewing a lengthy report that highlights areas where the city fails to meet ADA requirements in city-owned buildings,parks and programs. (May 18, 2012, Page 1A, 5A)

City offers summer jobs to youths

The city of Oxford, through a grant by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, will be hiring more than 20 area youths, from 16 to 25 to work for the city for 10 weeks this summer doing mostly outdoor work. Applications are being accepted through 5 this evening at City Hall. (May 4, 2012, Page 2A)

Creating awareness of unseen need

While a service dog may best be known for helping visually impaired, the animals also perform a variety of other life-saving services. At least one Oxford resident is striking out to help educate after an experience left her thrown out of a local store. (August 9, 2011, Page 1)

Financial issues head list of concerns

Members of the United Way Transition Income Committee have been trying to find ideas to help the financially needy in the L-O-U community in other ways than just being a Band-Aid.

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)

City offers residents discount drug card

The Oxford Board of Alderman has agreed to enter into a free prescription discount card program with the National League of Cities that offers a discount  on the retail costs of medications not covered by insurance. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)

Tough love in the classroom

A CONVERSATION WITH… — Mary Johnson cares so much, she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the children in her stead care, too. At 70, she’s been retired from the classroom for four years but still substitutes at Oxford and Della Davidson elementary schools. (February 18, 2010, Page 3)

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