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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

South Lamar Boulevard

The Big Place — J.W.T. Falkner’s home

Columnist and historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about the two-story home J.W.T. Falkner built in Oxford for his family in 1899. (June 3, 2011, Page 3B)

Officials welcome Baptist decision

While the final site for a new $300 million hospital has not been selected as of Monday, county and city officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief over knowing where the new hospital won’t be going.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. officials announced Monday during the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, that the hospital will no longer consider building the new facility on land located on Highway 6 West, a few miles outside Oxford’s city limits. (April 5, 2011, Page 1A)

Hospital location tops concerns

After rumors had circled around Oxford for the past week about Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying land west of Oxford for its proposed regional referral center, Dick Cowart, counsel for Baptist, laid the rumors to rest during the meeting between Baptist officials, the Oxford Board of Aldermen and Lafayette County supervisors, and confirmed Baptist had purchased 107 acres, however, said Baptist has not selected a site as of yet. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)

Seamstress reaches century mark

Eva H. Johnson will proudly tell you she’s lived in her home on South Lamar Boulevard for 50 years.

Even more proudly, she will tell you at the age of 100, she still lives in that house alone.

Johnson was born on Dec. 1, 1910, two miles west of Banner. She has lived alone since her husband, Willie A. Johnson, died in 1981 at the age of 90. (December 1, 2010, Page 1)

With the return of the clock, the renovation of the courthouse will be complete

When I was a child growing up on South Lamar, a little way before you got today’s Highway 6 bypass, I first lived at my grandfather’s home and you could hear the hourly ringing of the town clock while sitting on the front porch. Later on, my mother moved my sisters and I a little closer to the Square on South Lamar just south of where Johnson Avenue comes into South Lamar. The chiming of the clock was even more audible.
It has been way too long since any of us has heard the clock strike any sort of sound. (August 13, 2010, Page 3B)

More bike paths being built

By next spring, bicyclists should have several more miles of bike lanes at their disposal throughout Oxford as the city is currently bidding out Phase 2 of the Pathways Project. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)

Veterans Memorial Park shapes up

A park is taking shape thanks to the help of the city of Oxford. The Veterans Memorial Park is beginning to take shape as Bennett Construction crews have been placing curbing along the street. The addition of sidewalks next week will make it easier to walk  from the State Veterans Home, past the new park and down the hill to the Veterans Building. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

Checkers restaurant may come soon to Oxford

The empty gas station at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and University Avenue is set to be demolished after remaining empty for a couple of years. In its place will be a Checkers fast-food restaurant. The demolition request and site plan were approved by the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday. (March 4, 2010, Page 2)

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