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John Morgan

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)

Baptist looks for new home

Now that the purchase agreement for the sale of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has been approved by both city and county officials, the hunt for the location of a new $250 million regional medical facility has picked up steam. (August 2, 2011, Page 1)

Square traffic pattern changes

A portion of Jackson Avenue East is now two-way near City Hall which city officials hopes open up traffic flow and parking options near the Square. (June 15, 2011, Page 1)

Hospital project moves forward

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp on Tuesday. The agreement must still be approved by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)

Sunday alcohol sales a success

Between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday most businesses that chose to open saw steady customers, especially around the Square. There was little police incident to report and businesses said they saw a modest profit. (May 9, 2011, Page 1A)

Officials welcome Baptist decision

While the final site for a new $300 million hospital has not been selected as of Monday, county and city officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief over knowing where the new hospital won’t be going.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. officials announced Monday during the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, that the hospital will no longer consider building the new facility on land located on Highway 6 West, a few miles outside Oxford’s city limits. (April 5, 2011, Page 1A)

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 addresses Square traffic, parking

Two actions taken by the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday will ease Square congestion. The city approved a two-way restriping of Jackson Avenue East and to advertise for companies to help create a plan for future parking garage or changes to the Square parking. (February 2, 2011, Page 1)

Carrolton water bill adjusted

Carrolton Cottages saw a dramatic increase of 177 percent water usage in 2010 but the reason can not be found. The homeowners association asked for an adjustment to their bill at the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. (January 19, 2011, Page 2)

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)

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