Following Pontotoc and Lee counties, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to support renaming the portion of Highway 6 that runs through Lafayette County to The Military Order of the Purple Heart Highway. (August 2, 2011, Page 1)
The American Red Cross has set up a central command station at the Northwest Chapter in Oxford. More than 50 volunteers have come to the area from around the country to help the victims of last week’s devastating storms. (May 4, 2011, Page 1)
If city and county officials sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an improved intersection at Highway 6 and West Jackson Avenue could still be three years out.
But whether that MOU will be signed anytime soon is still under debate by city and county officials. Both sides have admitted in public meetings to having “issues” with the MOU. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a temporary water contact advisory Wednesday for Burney Branch and an unnamed tributary near the University of Mississippi campus. Officials say a new waste water treatment plant at the university may have leaked some sludge into the streams. MDEQ warns against swimming or fishing in the streams. (April 13, 2011, Page 2)
Mississippi Department of Transportation of the District 2 office — that covers 17 counties including Lafayette County — will be cleaning up area highways from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday as part of the annual Trash Bash event. (April 13, 2011, Page 2)
Since Baptist Memorial Hospital care Corp. announced its plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford, rumors about proposed locations have popped up all over town. The Oxford EAGLE takes a look at the some of the possible sites. (March 7, 2011, Page 1A)
So far this year, Oxford has seen its fourth snowiest winter ever, according to Marlene Mickelson, hydrometeorological technician with the NWS. The record is 20 inches of snow from December to February in 1985-86.
Wednesday’s 5 inches of snow shut down schools in Oxford and Lafayette County. Freezing temperatures caused roads to be covered in ice. Officials don’t expect the roads to improve much throughout the day. (February 10, 2011, Page 1)
A recent meeting between city, county and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials was hailed as a positive meeting of the minds, albeit just one of many needed before the hospital’s future can be determined. (May 27, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department arrested five people in connection with several local burglaries.
“Our detectives have been working nonstop,” Assistant Chief Joey East said. “We’re really proud of them. It shows their dedication and effort.” (May 27, 2010, Page 5)
A proposed Highway 6-Jackson Avenue interchange under discussion for at least 12 years continues to remain stalled due to complications from ongoing development in the area, Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say.
MDOT had a conference call with the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Thursday to discuss the project. (May 7, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)