An early morning fire left The Lanes bowing alley and Brass Monkey bar and grill destroyed — and Oxford residents without water.
The combination of a high-profile fire and lack of water made for hectic start of the day for emergency responders and hundreds of the city’s residents.
The cause of the city’s water problem started hours before the fire, when a Chevy Tahoe ran off Molly Barr Road at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and struck an electric pole, knocking it down, according to city officials. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)
A limb from the large water oak on the east side of the Lafayette County Courthouse fell at about 5:30 Saturday morning onto the wrought-iron fence the surrounds the courthouse. The weight of the limb was so heavy that about 2 feet of the fence buckled, looking as though a car had slammed into it instead of a tree limb.
Now Oxford and Lafayette County officials are scrambling to get the large tree that has provided cool shade on the Square since William Faulkner was a youngster removed before another limb — or the entire tree — falls. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)
The city of Oxford approved the 2011 fiscal year budget of $19.5 million while managing to maintain the city’s millage rate at 27.27 – the same rate it has held since 2005. (September 16, 2010, Page 1, 5)
Lafayette County supervisors and Oxford officials met Monday with Mississippi Department of Transportation District Engineer Richard Allen to discuss the future of three area road projects, including the interchange at West Jackson Avenue and Highway 6, and extending West Oxford Loop to FNC Park. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
11th street will now be pedestrian only at night and commercial parking by day after the Board of Aldermen approved to allow Oxford Police Department to close the street on a trial basis between now and Christmas. The street will be closed to cars from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other commercial parking changes will now occur on the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 1)
Colonel Reb is soon to be a remnant of the past as he goes into the vault tomorrow. Today is the last official day his image can be licensed. The College Licensing Company, the agent for the University of Mississippi licensing issues, released a memo in March to all licensees that the image of the Colonel may only be licensed through August 31. Tomorrow he enters the College Vault Program where the image can only be licensed out for special occasions for historical use. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
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)
Randy Yates writes about his time in Oxford and his impressions of the local bar and restaurant scene, asking why Sunday should be treated any differently than the other six days of the week, while the L-O-U Homeless Task Force writes to thank the City of Oxford for supporting the Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (August 17, 2010, Page 4)
Oxford City Schools will have two less Oxford Police Department officers on school campuses this year after the city and district agreed to a new School Resource Officer agreement. (August 5, 2010, Page 2)
City employees can expect to see a 1.5 percent raise again this year after the Oxford Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday in favor of the across-the-board increase for all employees in the proposed 2010-2011 fiscal year budget. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)