To honor all law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday in front of Oxford City Hall on the Square. (May 12, 2010, Page 2)
Two new boutique hotels were approved by the Oxford Planning Commission on Monday – despite concerns about both proposed projects. Developers of the new University Hotel want to build their project next door to Sneed’s Ace Hardware on University Avenue. A second hotel was approved for Jefferson Avenue but the parking lot for the hotel was postponed until more information can be obtained.
- UPDATE: The Jefferson Avenue hotel project received approval for the certificate of appropriateness through the Oxford Historic Commission on Tuesday despite continued complaints from residents of the neighborhood. (May 11, 2010, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – The Minor Adjustments may be a new name to the Oxford music scene, but its members definitely are not. Members of this awesome new “project” in town hail from other acts including Mayhem String Band, Daybreakdown, Shady Deal, Good Paper, Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and others. Check out Page 9 of this week’s Oxford Town and read about your favorite new local band. (May 6, 2010, Page 9)
MUSIC MATTERS – Oxford, it seems, is digressing into its summer swagger — some people call this a slump; Oxford Town music columnist Alexander McAdams calls it owning the local bar scene. See what’s in Alex’s playlist for finals week on Page 9 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (May 6, 2010, Page 9)
Ongoing parking woes and a discussion over the need for a parking garage downtown resurfaced at Tuesday’s Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. City Engineer Bart Robinson presented a proposal for a new parking study for the city, but noted that several parking studies have been done since 2002 and another may not be necessary.
The city will continue to look into the feasibility of a parking structure downtown. (May 5, 2010, Page 6)
Galen Armstrong writes about the offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and how we need to deal with it, while Lee Harris writes to clarify an advertisement and the position of Funky’s restaurant and bar in regard to Double Decker and Sunday alcohol sales. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)
Builders of a proposed hotel and spa on Jefferson Avenue at the former site of the Veranda are seeking approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission on Monday. Along with the plans for the new site is a request to remove the building, formerly Andy’s Steakhouse, at 1006 Jefferson Ave., for a required parking lot for the hotel. (April 30, 2010, Page 3A)
Alleys behind restaurants on the Square could soon be a bit tidier now that Oxford officials approved a new contract to cut down on grease bins. The board approved a contract with Hide and Tallow Co. of Birmingham, Ala., to supply grease bins for the city. (April 27, 2010, Page 3)
Despite large crowds on the Square on Saturday, sales at restaurants and bars seemed to have been less than half a typical Double Decker Arts Festival weekend. The drop in business has some Square bar operators wondering whether Double decker should be moved to another time of year, whether more festivals should be added to boost tourism, or whether the solution is Sunday alcohol sales. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-14)
While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)