United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County invites the citizens of Oxford-Lafayette County to a celebration of United Way’s 40 years of helping the community care for one another. Donors, sponsors, volunteers, beneficiaries, agencies, friends and everyone else is invited to come to the Square at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 for birthday cake, balloons, parade around the Square, and brief comments by city, county, university and United Way officials.
Come celebrate our community, the volunteers who make United Way possible and United Way for meeting community needs in the areas of education, health and income for 40 years. (In case of rain, the birthday party will be held at the Powerhouse, 413 S. 13th St. at 3:30 p.m.). (November 10, 2010)
Anne Steel writes to give an update on an earlier informal study of the number of discarded cans and bottles she picked up near the Square – and things are any better, while Ken McGraw writes to tout Travis Childers as the choice for those who want an “independent” candidate. (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
OXFORD TOWN – The new bistro in town, Petit Milletts located at 302 South 11th Street, is comfortable, reasonably priced and warm. Page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Shanna’s opinion of the food being served up at the new restaurant as well as how it stacks up in other areas. (October 14, 2010, Page 5)
In celebration of 100 years of operation, First National Bank of Oxford will host a County Fair on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Events will include, live music, games for kids, a display of antique cars and tractors, fair exhibits, and the Oxford Fire Department combat course. Come on out for some fun, food, and prize drawings. (October 1, 2010)
George McConnell, one of Oxford’s best-known musicians, is into a different rhythm these days as he’s involved in music, family and working at The 512 bed-and-breakfast. Lucy Schultze visits with McConnell to discuss his involvement with the local bed-and-breakfast and how if affects the rest of his interests. (September 30, 2010, Page 3)
OXFORD TOWN – Guitar in hand, Joanne Shaw Taylor and band are headed to Rooster’s Blues House next Thursday, Sept. 30. Page 10 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has full details about the show as well as reporter Rachel Batten’s coverage of the fiery, blues playing Brit who touts influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Freddie and Albert King. There’s exactly one week to clear your schedule for this one folks. Our suggestion; make it happen. (September 23, 2010, Page 10)
Charles E. Treas writes about how restaurants could help local patrons who leave their credit cards behind by just taking a few minutes of their time, John McKendree writes to tell that Jimmy Nail won the Rolling Thunder rifle giveaway and John Arrechea’s letter explained a bit about the decision to take down a tree at the historic Lafayette County courthouse. (September 21, 2010, Page 4)
Local law enforcement agencies reported a busy but typical game day weekend with more than 55 arrests in the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi combined.
OPD had four mounted police officers controlling crowds on the Square during the game weekend, along with eight officers who were on foot patrol. Around midnight, those officers were also joined by several patrol officers coming to help as the bars closed and masses of party-goers walked out onto the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 2)
Very few Drivers’ Ed instructors teach parallel parking outside the classroom and inside the car any more and it’s long been dropped as the traditional ending to a driver’s road test. That’s obvious, Editor Don Whitten writes, when you watch drivers try to get in and out of parallel parking spots in and around Oxford. (September 3, 2010, Page 4A)
More than 500 participated in a series of races as Oxford and Taylor hosted Endurance Weekend last Friday through Sunday. The event was considered a success by organizers, who hope to see the event become an annual one attracting two to three times as many competitors and visitors. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)