Oxford is known for being the home to Ole Miss, the home of many writers and the home of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner. Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William Faulkner, has written a book that takes a closer look at her uncle, the Faulkner family and the community here where she grew up and lives today, and Editor Don Whitten takes an inside look at Dean Wells and that book, “Every Day by the Sun,” which is being released this month. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)
Sometimes we need an outsider, a visitor to our community, to remind us how special it is. Loran Smith, who’s held a number of positions at the University of Georgia during a career thats earned him a spot in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, gives us one of those reminders in a guest column he wrote after another delightful visit recently. (February 4, 2011, Page 4A)
A letter to the editor from a 14-year-old student in Muskegon, Mich., is asking for help from Oxford EAGLE readers on a school project about life in Mississippi. Editor Don Whitten gets the ball rolling for Logan Moore by writing him a letter in his column telling a bit about our community, our schools, our weather, et cetera. (January 19, 2011, Page 4)
Former Oxford resident Jo Middleton writes to tell how she’s left Oxford but its writers haven’t left her. She relates stories about authors from the community and wonders if she might have picked up a little of the “spirit” to use in a book of her own. (January 5, 2011, Page 4)
OXFORD TOWN – “Mississippians,” a coffee-table book featuring more than 250 famous, notable, extraordinary and colorful Mississippians makes its official debut Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Off Square Books. The launch event begins at 5 p.m. Page 5 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town has full details. (October 28, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN — Want to get out of the house but are overwhelmed by your choices? Fret not. Oxford Town Outdoor Columnist Michelle McAnally breaks down her list of the top ten outdoor activities in and around Oxford beginning on Page 22 of this week’s special Welcome Back Rebel issue of Oxford Town. McAnally will take you on an outdoor tour that stretches from the Ole Miss Campus to Oxford, to Taylor, to area lakes including Sardis, Puskus and Enid. Jump in and cool off! (August 19, 2010, Page 22-25)
When I was a child growing up on South Lamar, a little way before you got today’s Highway 6 bypass, I first lived at my grandfather’s home and you could hear the hourly ringing of the town clock while sitting on the front porch. Later on, my mother moved my sisters and I a little closer to the Square on South Lamar just south of where Johnson Avenue comes into South Lamar. The chiming of the clock was even more audible.
It has been way too long since any of us has heard the clock strike any sort of sound. (August 13, 2010, Page 3B)
Oxford EAGLE’s Guest Writer Anne Steel recently visited with Jilleen Moore, a favorite among young readers at Square Books Jr., where she has nutured readers for seven years. (August 12, 2010, Page 3A)
Oxford EAGLE writer recounts the legend and possible treasure of Chickasaw Chief Toby Tubby. (July 30, 2010, Page 3B)
Announcement of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to William Faulkner came on Nov. 10, 1950.
Under the title “I Know William Faulkner,” his friend, mentor and fellow Oxonian, Phil Stone, wrote in the Nov. 16 issue of the Oxford EAGLE about his lifelong friendship with the now world famous author. Noted New York critic, scholar and translator, Stark Young, also of Oxford, took exception to this statement. (July 23, 2010, Page 3B)