When you mention civil rights and activists, most people think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, James Meredith, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten writes about a book by local pastor Chet Bush that brings us one more man – a Mississippian, Dr. Charles Johnson – we should know about. (February 6, 2013, Page 4)
Albert Sperath writes to remind voters that they will not have to show an ID to vote in November, while Sue Russell writes to relate her story of roadside assistance that shows that Southern hospitality and helpfulness is alive and well. (October 8, 2012, Page 4A)
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks got another neat gadget for Christmas – a Roku – and it sparked memories of how he’s learned to adjust to all of the new and improved products that make life easier and more entertaining. (December 29, 2011, Page 4)
Seven Oxford Fire Department firefighters will be attending the Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Climb this weekend in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives when the Twin Towers in NYC burned and collapsed after the terrorist attacks.
Jack Lamar Mayfield brings us back in time to the months leading up to the departure of local troops to the front lines of the Civil War in this week’s A Sense of Place column. Read about the University Greys and Lamar Rifles and those who helped fund their weapons and uniforms in today’s Oxford Living. (February 18, 2011, Page 3B)
OXFORD TOWN – Nashville singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman will be in town next week (Thursday, Nov. 4) for a performance on Thacker Mountain Radio at Off Square Books. The legendary musician will not only be one of the featured musical guests, she’ll also be reading from and signing her new book “They Came To Nashville.” Page 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Mitch Morgan’s interview with Chapman as she prepares for her visit to Oxford. And, be sure to read about this week’s broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio on Page 15 of the same issue. (October 28, 2010, Page 11)
Oxford firefighters Randy Jones, Braden Theobald and Matt Tatum climbed 110 stories in remembrance of the 343 firefighters that died when the Twin Towers collapsed. The men were participants in the inaugural Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place building in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
Former Pontotoc High School and Ole Miss football standout Jim Weatherly, who followed his gridiron career with even more success as a singer and songwriter, will be honored with “Jim Weatherly Day” this weekend in his hometown of Pontotoc. Editor Don Whitten, a longtime Weatherly fan, tells why. (August 4, 2010, Page 4)
Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle planned, like many, to retire in Oxford. Sometimes, however, things change and that’s what happened to her, bringing her to Oxford a bit sooner than expected. Pringle writes about the adjustments she and her daughter are making as they get accustomed to living in the community. (July 30, 2010, Page 4A)
Memphis-based musician and singer-songwriter Grace Askew descends upon Oxford Friday, April 9, with nothing but her guitars and a set list. The sultry folk singer is set to play an all-acoustic, happy hour set at Parrish’s. (April 8, 2010, Page 11)