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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mayor Pat Patterson

Double decker buses an Oxford tradition

The double decker buses Oxford and its community members use for so many things are getting a little old and cranky, and it might be time to replace one of them. We think it would be a good idea for groups in the LOU community who need fundraising projects to consider raising money to help purchase the next double decker bus to keep the tradition going. (April 12, 2015, Page 4A)

Vision 2037 needs input from everyone

The city of Oxford is taking proactive approach to dealing with the future by creating a comprehensive plan, Vision 2037, to get prepared. Publisher Tim Phillips takes a look at the group and upcoming meetings and what everyone in the community can do to help in creating the plan. (March 29, 2015, Page 4A)

It’s simple: slow down on Sisk!

One of the busiest parts of residential Oxford is the area around Sisk Avenue, and local officials are trying to slow down traffic with lots of bikers, pedestrians (and vehicles) in the area. We call on those who travel through that part of town to watch your speed; having to deal with speed humps — a possibility if things don’t get better — is not ideal for anyone. (February 1, 2015, Page 4A)

Parking meters: Good deeds or good luck?

Good Samaritan or city revenue producer. Editor Don Whitten is trying to decide if he should continue to help out downtown parkers whose meters are about to expire or just let them alone and boost the city coffers from the tickets and fines that would follow. (October 29, 2014, Page 4A)

Guiding Growth

As boom times  for development in Oxford return, city leaders are adopting and proposing several new regulations aimed at ensuring that this new building doesn’t diminish the quality of life residents now enjoy. (September 7, 2014, Page 1A)

Oxford officials deserve praise for budget work

Editor Don Whitten passes out kudos to Oxford’s mayor, aldermen and department heads for their work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting they’ve been able to spend money well and raise salaries without raising taxes. (September 14, 2012, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

David Heckel of the Oxford Community Tennis Association writes to point out the need for more tennis courts and facilities in Oxford, citing the recent OCTA Junior Tennis Tournament as an example of how the community would benefit from more, and large, tournaments. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Lisa Ludwig, a recent visitor to Oxford during the latest snowstorm, writes to talk about Southern charm and hospitality the community offered her group. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)

Can Square be improved?

Oxford city leaders will unveil a Square Enhancement Project on Tuesday. Oxford leaders will consider whether the Square can be improved by making the historic downtown area more pedestrian friendly.

Details of the project will be unveiled at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. Board of Aldermen meeting. Mayor Pat Patterson said at least part of this new initiative involves improving parking and pedestrian access. (August 2, 2010, Page 1)

No tax hike, Mayor says

Oxford leaders have two goals as they draft next year’s budget…for all city employeess to keep their jobs and no tax hikes. How does Mayor Pat Patterson intend to reach these goals? City departments will decide how to cut spending. Purchases for city vehicles and funding for tourism will be given more financial relief. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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