The University of Mississippi obtained approval from the state college board to purchase the Whirlpool property for $3.4 million and to move forward with a new housing hall and welcome center. (November 19, 2010, Page 1A)
Steve Wooten writes an open letter to the mayor and board of aldermen in Oxford to express his concerns about plans to turn a short portion of East Jackson near the Square into a two-lane street. (November 19, 2010, Page 4A)
A new city leash law has been proposed but the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday sent the strictly worded law back to the drawing board in order to allow dogs to roam free on their own property and on a potential future dog park. (November 17, 2010, Page 1)
Mayor Pat Patterson spoke with the Pathways Commission on Monday about a proposal to make a strip of Jackson Avenue near City Hall one-way. (November 16, 2010, Page 1A)
A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)
Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.
Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.
The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)
Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop at the University of Mississippi on Thursday to encourage college students to go to the polls Nov. 2 and vote for Democrats or they will be “committing malpractice.” Clinton made his remarks in the Grove before an estimated crowd of 2,000 to 3,ooo. It was Clinton’s 76th stop on the stump trail to show support for Democrats in tight races against Republicans. (October 15, 2010, Page 1, 2a)
The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
To be more than just a Band-Aid to the growing homeless problem in Oxford and Lafayette County, the Oxford Homeless Task Force voted Sunday to launch a new initiative to form a Transitional Housing program.
Sherry Williams-Jenkins heads up the shelter committee. After reviewing different types of shelters and the feasibility of having a homeless shelter in Oxford, the committee decided the best way to offer more than just temporary fixes is to institute a more long-term solution. (October 11, 2010, Page 1A)