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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Preston Taylor

The second Middle Passage of the American slave

History columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield continues his series on the history of African-Americans in Lafayette County with the story of Thomas Taylor, who was born into slavery in 1853. He was the grandfather of Oxford Alderman Preston Taylor. (February 14, 2014, Page 2B)

Burns-Belfry – what hopes, dreams can do

The Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center, formally dedicated Saturday evening, is the product of hopes, dreams – and a lot of hard work. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Saturday’s event and what the project means to the community. (September 23, 2013, Page 4A)

New aldermen ready to go

The Oxford Board of Aldermen and the mayor were sworn in Tuesday night before the regular meeting. (July 3, 2013, Page 1)

Low primary turnout embarrassing

Editor Don Whitten writes about the low turnout at last week’s primary election for city government, noting that it only took a 100 votes or so to re-elect two aldermen. It’s not about who wins, but rather the turnout in a community that steadily growing. (May 13, 2013, Page 4A)

Low turnout in primary election

Mayor Pat Patterson has won a spot on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for the general election on June 4 after soundly beating his opponent, Jason Plunk, in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday. Patterson won with 1,360 votes to Plunk’s 198 votes. The results include affidavit votes that were counted this morning at City Hall.

Patterson will now face Independent candidate Todd Wade next month.

About 1,656 voted in Tuesday’s primary which is about a 14.8 percent voter turnout. Oxford has 11,176 registered voters. In 2009, about 1,500 voters turned out for the primary election. (May 8, 2013, Page 1A, 12A)

Primary election set for Tuesday

Two ward seats will be decided in Tuesday’s primary election with only Democrat candidates running in wards 4 and 5. The democratic candidate for mayor will also be decided. The primary election will be held at the Oxford Conference Center this year. For years, it’s been held at the Oxford Activity Center but city officials moved the election to the OCC to better accommodate larger crowds and in anticipation of tennis court construction. Voting begins at 7 a.m. and polls will close at 7 p.m. (May 6, 2013, Page 1A)

Mayor qualifies for re-election

In the first two days that residents could begin qualifying for Oxford’s municipal elections this year, six people officially tossed their hats in the ring, including the incumbent mayor, Pat Patterson. (January 4, 2013, Page 2A)

Board OKs Sunday alcohol sales

While the Board of Aldermen approved Sunday alcohol sales for on-premise permit holders on Tuesday, supporters should wait to pop the cork to celebrate until Mayor Pat Patterson decides if he will veto the issue. If he does not, than the city must wait for state approval. The board also heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment allowing Sunday off-premise sales from noon to 6 p.m. which means beer and light wine could be sold at convenience stores. The mayor promised to veto the issue if passed. (December 8, 2010, Page 1)

Sunday alcohol sales resurface

The Board of Aldermen will consider two Sunday alcohol sales issues on Tuesday after a year of discussions, denied requests from the Oxford Restaurant Association and an Alcohol Task Force that found more than half of Oxford residents in favor of sales. (December 6, 2010, Page 1A)

Burns-Belfry project nears end

Almost nine years after beginning the project, the Burns Belfry Church renovation is nearing the end. Approving to begin the bid process for the final two phases this week, the Oxford Lafayette County Heritage Foundation will now move forward with a six to eight month construction job. (September 9, 2010, Page 1)

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