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E.O. Oliver

More cops hired for Square

After seeing footage of a fight on the Square last Monday, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved a request from Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin to hire four new police officers to focus on the Downtown Business District.

* Photo courtesy of WREG (August 29, 2011, Page 1A)

City mulls use of windfall

What would you do if you suddenly had $30 million? That is the question city leaders need to help decide along with a new Oxford Reserve and Trust Fund Committee when they receive the money from the sale of Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi. The Board of Aldermen approved this week to hold $2 million of the $30 million for upcoming projects while giving $28M to the committee to invest. (August 11, 2011, Page 1A)

Oxford named to list of top ‘college towns for grown-ups’

While Oxford may be best known for its college crowd, living here may just be the safest and most affordable for grown ups too according to a new MSN report.  (August 8, 2011, Page 5)

Hospital talks continue

The city, county and hospital met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss how the Baptist Memorial Hospital Care Corp. selects the best site for a new hospital. The city and county also discussed concerns with the memorandum of understanding. (March 22, 2011, Page 1)

Hospital vote delayed

Oxford officials want more answers before approving a memorandum of understanding for a new $300 million hospital. (March 10, 2011, Page 1, 8)

City explores use of hospital funds

With a potential $32.5 million dollars set to be accepted from the sale of the current hospital building this summer, the city is working to figure out the best use of the funds. (February 23, 2011, Page 2)

Mayor to OK some Sunday sales

On Tuesday at the Board of Aldermen, a 4-3 vote that was approved two weeks ago will not be vetoed by the Mayor although he promises to veto an upcoming vote on off-premise sales. A public hearing will be held Tuesday on the off-premise sales. (December 20, 2010, Page 1)

Board OKs Sunday alcohol sales

While the Board of Aldermen approved Sunday alcohol sales for on-premise permit holders on Tuesday, supporters should wait to pop the cork to celebrate until Mayor Pat Patterson decides if he will veto the issue. If he does not, than the city must wait for state approval. The board also heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing Sunday off-premise sales from noon to 6 p.m. which means beer and light wine could be sold at convenience stores. The mayor promised to veto the issue if passed. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)

Sunday alcohol sales resurface

The Board of Aldermen will consider two Sunday alcohol sales issues on Tuesday after a year of discussions, denied requests from the Oxford Restaurant Association and an Alcohol Task Force that found more than half of Oxford residents in favor of sales. (December 6, 2010, Page 1A)

City OKs pay hike for workers

City employees can expect to see a 1.5 percent raise again this year after the Oxford Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday in favor of the across-the-board increase for all employees in the proposed 2010-2011 fiscal year budget. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)

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