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)
The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated a portion of land that unbeknownst to the city had been part of the Cedar Oaks property but owned by their organization. The donation occurred on Friday with a celebration-thank you lunch and tour of the property. (February 21, 2011, Page 1)
During a work session Friday, Mayor Pat Patterson and the Oxford Board of Aldermen heard a presentation by Ron Hipp, chairman of the Parking Garage Committee, during which he suggested the city consider charging motorists 50 cents an hour for “premium parking” around the Square.
Other topics talked about Friday included forming an investment committee on how to invest the $30 million the city will receive from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying out of its lease with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
Data released this week from the U.S. Census shows Lafayette County as being the fastest growing nonmetropolitan area in Mississippi with a 22.2 percent increase of population since 2000. The city of Oxford also grew over the last 10 years going from the 35th biggest city in the state to the 20th biggest city. (February 4, 2011, Page 1A)
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)
A new $300 million hospital is closer to being built after the City of Oxford agreed on Tuesday to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital and county to let the hospital buy out their lease. (February 2, 2011, Page 1)
The state board approved Oxford’s request for Sunday sales after holiday and home football weekends on Monday. The first Sunday will be May 8 for Mother’s Day. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)
When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
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)
On Saturday, the screen pass wasn’t used as much, but when the Mississippi State Bulldogs did call the screen, they were able to hit home runs twice.
The go-to player for Mississippi State on the screen plays was freshman running back LaDarius Perkins, who finished the game with three receptions for a game-high 140 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 98 yards rushing. (November 29, 2010, Page 1B)