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Public hearing set for Thursday on Sunday alcohol sales issue

A public hearing on Sunday alcohol sales is set for Thursday but with a location change.
The hearing has moved from City hall to the Oxford Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Alcohol Task Force will meet at 4:30 for a commitee meeting before the public hearing. (August 31, 2010, Page 2)

Dumpsters to be removed from Square

Square businesses were notified this week that all garbage Dumpsters will be removed from South 10th and 11th Streets in an effort to make the Square more attractive, while freeing up parking spaces often occupied by delivery trucks.
All businesses, using city Dumpsters, will be required to haul off their garbage to the city’s one compactor site in the parking lot at the corner of South 11th Street and Harrison Avenue, which is behind City Grocery and Old Venice Pizza restaurants on the south side of the Square. (August 13, 2010, Page 1A)

Oxford Alcohol Commission holds first meeting Thursday

The new Oxford Alcohol Commission, created after several months of debate over whether Oxford should expand alcohol sles to Sunday, will host its first meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday. (July 28, 2010, Page 2)

Water line break soaks Square

A rupture Saturday afternoon in the main water line on the Square closed up or slowed down business for restaurants along South Lamar Boulevard and on the Square for the evening. (June 14, 2010, Page 1)

John Currence named Restaurateur of the Year

Chef John Currence was awarded the 2010 Restaurateur of the Year by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association during an awards ceremony Monday.
The association accepted open nominations from operators throughout the state. The list of restaurateurs was reduced to a group of six finalists, including Currence. (June 11, 2010, Page 1A)

Support building for Sunday alcohol sales?

After months of off-and-on debate over whether Oxford should allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday, some local leaders are indicating they’re ready to let the community finally decide this long simmering issue. (April 29, 2010, Page 1-5)

Did date change water down alcohol sales?

Despite large crowds on the Square on Saturday, sales at restaurants and bars seemed to have been less than half a typical Double Decker Arts Festival weekend. The drop in business has some Square bar operators wondering whether Double decker should be moved to another time of year, whether more festivals should be added to boost tourism, or whether the solution is Sunday alcohol sales. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-14)

No wine for Valentines?

Despite support from city officials, the State Tax Commission rejected Oxford’s request for a one-time exception for on-premise Sunday alcohol sales for Valentine’s Day. Given that Oxford has been allowed Sunday alcohol sales periodically over the years, the denial came as a shock to local officials and business operators. (February 3, 2010, Page 1)

Wine for Valentine’s

LOCAL NEWS — Oxford officials approved a special exception to Sunday sales for Valentine’s Day this year after a request from local restaurant owner John Currence. The exception must now be approved by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control at the state Tax Commission. (January 6, 2010, Page 1)

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