Notice more parking spaces around the Square? How about shorter lines in stores and restaurants? With the weather nice, that generally means one thing around Oxford – spring break. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at what many locals consider one of the best weeks of the year. (March 14, 2012, Page 4)
The Oxford Police Department reported no arrests for DUI on New Year’s Eve and no serious or fatal wrecks. However, around the state, three Mississippians lost their lives in wrecks over the holiday weekend. (January 3, 2012, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – A new film by local Jim Shollenberger will begin shooting in Oxford and the surrounding area this month. The film,“Bent Prism,” is a three-story anthology dealing with the pain of relationships. Turn to Page 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town and check out Oxford Film Freak Melanie Addington’s early coverage of the L-O-U community’s next film endeavor. Actress Haley Strode (pictured) will be in town filming one of the stories in the new film, “The Hardest Thing.” (June 16, 2011, Page 11)
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)
With the first act to his new independent movie finished, filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips found himself needing some fresh ideas to complete the script. In May, he called Melanie Addington, whom he had met two years ago at the Memphis International Film Festival, and asked her to help finish writing the script.
Cast and crew have been shooting for the last three weeks in and around Oxford and expect to wrap up this weekend. (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)
The parents of several minors who allegedly faked a wreck have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, according to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
The staged “wreck” took place in August 2008 in Lafayette County, allegedly involving two vehicles and several minors. The minors have not been charged. (August 4, 2010, Page 2)
The Sardis Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Delta Street Rodders host the Second Annual Spring Fest & Open Car Show April 3 on Main Street in Sardis. This year’s event is being sponsored by First Security Bank, The Hide Group, Sardis Woman’s Club and Terry Williams Logging. There will be a variety of food vendors, 50′s and 60′s music, arts-and-crafts and more. For more information on the car show, call 662-934-6189 or 662-934-4134. For vendor information, call 662-609-2159. (March 10, 2010)
HAPPENINGS — Around since the early 1980s, the Oxford Bass Club is looking to grow this year, with the goal of having 20 two-person teams to take part in fishing tournaments around the region. For information on joining, contact T. Ray Ellis. (February 22, 2010, Page 3)
- Jessie Louise Brown — Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Visitation is 6-7 this evening at Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Taylor. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
- Arthur Lee Fondren Sr. — Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church in Sardis. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary in Batesville.
- William Henry Helm Jr. — Services are noon Saturday at Jackson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Bruce. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Rachel Barr McGee — Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
- Minnie Vaughn — Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.
(January 8, 2010, Page 2A)