The Oxford Electric Department is asking the Oxford Board of Aldermen to approve a $20 million budget for fiscal year 2011 which begins July 1. All other city departments begin the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. (June 1, 2010, Page 1A)
Curious minds might want to know what Oxford police officers are up to, but thanks to a grant, new radios will soon prevent most police chatter from being heard on scanners. (June 1, 2010, Page 2A)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)
After working for more than 12 years on a plan to construct a massive interchange to improve the dangerous West Jackson Avenue-Highway 6 intersection, city and state officials said Wednesday it’s time to start over.
At a special meeting held in Batesville, members of the Oxford Board of Aldermen and representatives of the Mississippi Department of Transportation agreed to consider scaling down the project. (May 27, 2010, Page 1, 5)
Building may not be booming, but it’s far from a bust. Permits for new construction in the city of Oxford have doubled since the first of the year, leading city officials to feel slightly more optimistic about the resurgence in the local economy. (May 26, 2010, Page 1a, 2a)
With the Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, it’s almost impossible to avoid mosquitoes, lots of sunshine and barbecues over the next few months.
Taking a few extra steps can keep summer a safe and happy time for all residents. (May 26, 2010, Page 1A)
Members of the Oxford School Board set a public hearing for June 14 at 5 p.m. for the public to discuss the district’s 2010-2011 budget. (May 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office are joining with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the 2010 Click It of Ticket campaign which begins Monday and runs through June 6. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A)
Several homes were flooded after a thunderstorm Sunday evening brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to the Oxford area within an hour and more than 6 inches in a three-hour period. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A, 3A)
Have you noticed the shorter lines – at stores, restaurants, four-way stops, et cetera these last few days. It’s that special time of the year when the University of Mississippi population drops for a couple of weeks and yet the local school children are still in class. It’s not something we’d want permanently, Editor Don Whitten writes, but it is a time to enjoy. (May 12, 2010, Page 4)