If you haven’t been to the Oxford Square in a few years – or a lot – it may have a different look. Gone from not all that long ago are drug stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, dry cleaners, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the comings and goings on the historic Oxford Square and the blocks that make up downtown Oxford. (August 16, 2010, Page 4)
Tom Hoar writes to respond to a recent letter by Jason Plunk about Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford, noting that arguing “economic development” as the major factor can work both ways. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)
Just days away from having a lawsuit filed against him, master clockmaker Lloyd Larrish of Minnesota arrived back in Oxford on Friday to complete the work he had been hired to do more than three years ago — fix and restore the historic Lafayette County Courthouse clock. (August 9, 2010, Page 1)
Architect Edye Conkerton was asked by city officials to look at ways to beautify Oxford’s central business district. The plan calls for making the Square more pedestrian friendly by getting rid of 170 parking spaces. The project would only move forward if and when a new parking garage is constructed near the Square. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
Parents and college students shopping for back-to-school clothing will get a small break today and Saturday during Mississippi’s tax-free holiday which began at midnight and ends Saturday night. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)
OXFORD TOWN – “A Kudzu Kings reunion of sorts” hits the Square as Tate Moore and The Cosmic Door — including Dave Woolworth, Robert Chaffe and Forest Parker — join forces this Saturday (July 24) for a concert at Blind Pig. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Kate Anthony’s coverage of what should prove to be a classic, hometown show featuring pizza guru and one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, Tate Moore. (July 22, 2010, Page 8)
This year the annual Fourth of July parade was short on funds and participants. Facing money troubles since the University pulled funding had folks like Pam Swain marching along with floats asking bystanders for contributions. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)
The final guided walking tour of Oxford’s North Lamar Historic District will be held Saturday. The tour will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Skipwith Cottage next to Oxford City Hall. Guides will point out architectural features, introduce some prominent people from Oxford’s past, and explain why two houses have been declared National Historic Landmarks.
Sponsored by the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau, the guided walking tour is offered as part of its heritage tourism program. Travelers are given a personal, up-close introduction to Oxford, and residents can learn a little more about local history. It is a pleasant way to get some exercise while taking a closer look at one of Oxford’s most attractive assets.
The tours is approximately one hour and 15 minutes long. For more information, visit www.oxfordcvb.com or contact Mary Allyn Roulhac at 232-2477. (July 3, 2010)
Holiday events set for Saturday include:
— The Stars & Stripes 5K Run benefiting the Lafayette County Humane Society begins at 8 a.m., while registration begins at 6:45 a.m. in front of Oxford City Hall. The Family Fun Run will be held immediately following the 5K Run.
— Line up for the LOU 4th of July Parade begins at 9 a.m. behind Oxford City Hall and gets underway at 10.
— Anniversary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Presentation and Readings at 11 a.m. at Oxford City Hall. Re-enactment to feature historical figures who will help to replicate the 1877 St. Peter’s presentation which was done at the same location in Oxford.
— Street Dance, featuring live entertainment by Soule, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Nielsons. Refreshments available. (July 2, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s Fourth of July celebration on the Ole Miss campus always promises a jam-packed day of family-friendly events and this year is no exception. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town gives you a breakdown of events so that you and your family can weigh your options and plan your assault on the town as we celebrate our independence together. (June 30, 2010, Page 8)