The 37th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference opening event was ideal. For visitors, the evening was a perfect mix of a hot Mississippi summer, good food, and lots of talk about William Faulkner. This year’s conference focus is Faulkner and film. During the opening event Faulkner scholar Matt Ramsey, introduced the opening night film “Roads of Glory.” (July 19, 2010, Page 1)
Students participating in a two-day college visit to the University of Mississippi learned the importance of earning a high school diploma. Local leaders spoke to the group of students which was held in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis, Tupelo and Oxford. (July 15, 2010, Page 1)
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)
A new blues festival in Oxford set for July 16-17 may have to move indoors after all. Although originally planned to be inside, organizer James Parker is seeing a way to move the festival outdoors. (June 16, 2010, Page 1)
City leaders continued to hammer out details with state officials for the proposed Highway 6-Jackson Avenue interchange. Local leaders made a decision las month to scrap an expensive and complex plan that had been debated for 12 years in favor of a scaled-back plan. (June 16, 2010, Page 2)
A rupture Saturday afternoon in the main water line on the Square closed up or slowed down business for restaurants along South Lamar Boulevard and on the Square for the evening. (June 14, 2010, Page 1)
Ricky Murchison writes about remembering the Sabbath and keeping it Holy as he takes a stance against Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford; Molly Fergusson of the Oxford Film Festival writes to thanks volunteers and kids who made the recent filmmaking worhshop possible; and John Drewrey of the Oxford Shrine Club wrote about the recent Shriners Carnival in Oxford and the upcoming Poker Run fundraising event. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)
BREAKING NEWS — The Board of Aldermen approved to form a committee to research the possibility of future Sunday sales including a change in laws and restrictions to redefine restaurants and bars as well as other needed ordinances. The motion carried 4-3.
The Board of Aldermen denied 6-1 to request Sunday Alcohol Sales from the Alcoholic Beverage Control on 4th of July and home football weekends for this year with the restaurants being open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Alderman-at-large John Morgan voted for the proposal.
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While current and past veterans were recognized Monday, the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the National Guard Armory was a time to remember the veterans who didn’t make it back home. (June 1, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford Electric Department is asking the Oxford Board of Aldermen to approve a $20 million budget for fiscal year 2011 which begins July 1. All other city departments begin the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. (June 1, 2010, Page 1A)