Events around the community – this summer’s dialogue and action between First and Second Baptist churches about past wrongs, last weekend’s dedication of the Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center and this weekend’s open house at the former black, one-room Newell School – are all signs of progress in race relations. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at the events and others which hopefully point to bigger things still to come. (September 26, 2013, Page 4)
Where were you in 1974, almost 40 years ago? Editor Don Whitten, after glancing through a 1974 phone book, writes about some of the people and places around Oxford that have changed and others that have not over the course of four decades. (September 25, 2013, Page 4)
The Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center, formally dedicated Saturday evening, is the product of hopes, dreams – and a lot of hard work. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Saturday’s event and what the project means to the community. (September 23, 2013, Page 4A)
Editor Don Whitten writes about the ability now to purchase cold beer at grocery and convenience stores in Oxford, wondering how much of a difference it really is going to make in revenue and changes in habits. (September 20, 2013, Page 4A)
Jessica Perkins writes to thank all of those who made the welcome-back event of More Than A Meal a success last month, and to encourage others to take part in the local program. (September 11, 2013, Page 4)
Looking for a motel room in a “sold-out” city? That was News Editor Jonathan Scott’s predicament recently when taking his daughter back to college at Syracuse. Scott writes about his solution, a neat website called Airbnb, that gave him a pleasant stay in upper New York. (August 30, 2013, Page 4A)
A 17-yard return of a blocked punt by K.T. McCollin capped a 16-0 Oxford run to answer an early Jackson Prep touchdown in the first quarter and the homestanding Chargers held on from there to post a 32-20 victory in the public school-private school contest Friday night.
Two sophomores played a key role for Oxford in its victory over the defending MAIS Class AAA state champion Patriots. Quarterback Jack Abraham connected on 20 of 30 passes for 242 yards, including touchdown passes on Oxford’s first and last possessions of the game. Wideout/defensive back D.K. Metcalf, who hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Abraham with 1:52 left to clinch the victory, finished the night with six receptions for 133 yards along with blocking the punt McCollin returned and recovering a muffed punt by Prep to set up another score.
Jarius Barnes added a rushing touchdown for Oxford, while Cody Mills kicked 28 and 24 yard field goals.
Prep, 13-0 a year ago, got touchdown runs from Ian McGraw and Ty Higginbotham along with a 7-yard TD pass from Gene Wood to Parker Caracci. Wood threw for 168 yards, Caracci totaled five catches for 55 yards and Higginbotham had 14 carries for 80 yards, including a 30-yard scoring run that got the Patriots within five points (25-20) with 5:01 to go.
“This was a big game and a big win,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “There were a lot of Prep supporters here and a lot of folks for us. There was a lot of excitement in the air.
“It was good to see us handle that early adversity. The blocked point helped with momentum and the offense got a big score at the end,” Hill added. “Coach (Ricky) Black and his staff do a great job. We knew they’d play hard for four quarters and they did.”
(For a complete game story, see Monday’s Oxford EAGLE.) (August 24, 2013)
Mary “Sitty Bell” Staub writes to urge residents and officials to make sure everyone is doing all they can to be prepared for flooding. (August 21, 2013, Page 4)
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks offers a bit of information, entertainment and education as he looks into winning the big lottery, thinking about buying real estate in the area and the possibility of cold beer being offered at stores in Oxford. (August 9, 2013, Page 4A)
Vacations are basically one of two things – a time to relax or a time to explore and interact with new things and places. News Editor Jonathan Scott and his family opted for the second type of vacation this summer as they spent time in both New York City and Montreal, Canada. (August 1, 2013, Page 4)