Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – Taylor hosts one of the hottest gigs going this Friday night (New Year’s Eve) as Tin Pan Alley and the Farmers’ Market present New Year’s Eve with The Cakewalkers. The Lisa Harrison Band, Chauncey and the Beast and Love Cannon will also be rocking in the New Year at Emileigh’s Table in the Plein Air Neighborhood. Page 7 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has all the information you’ll need to point you in the direction of Taylor for New Year’s Eve. (December 30, 2010, Page 8)
Last weekend included Christmas Open House on the Oxford Square and Black Friday shopping everywhere, while “Cyber Monday” was earlier this week. From the looks of events scheduled for this weekend, you might call it “arts and crafts weekend” around the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Editor Don Whitten mentions some of the places to visit this weekend and talks about the importance of shopping locally. (December 3, 2010, Page 4A)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s favorite holiday band, the Yes Virginias, have reunited and are headed to a venue or an event near you. Page 20 in this week’s Oxford Town has information on the band and its upcoming busy holiday schedule which begins with three gigs in Lafayette County this Saturday, Dec. 4 (Taylor Holiday Farmers’ Market, Water Valley Christmas Parade and the Taylor Christmas Parade). Check out the quirky-cool holiday band in this week’s issue. (December 2, 2010, Page 20)
OXFORD TOWN – It’s a wrap. Lafayette County’s favorite Saturday morning gathering, the Taylor Farmers’ Market in the Plein Air neighborhood, completes it third season this Saturday with its annual Harvest Festival featuring great tailgating supplies, fresh fall produce, locally made Christmas gifts and one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, Kevin Larkin, as musical entertainment. Turn to Page 12 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town for full details. (October 28, 2010, Page 12)
In the early 1880s, L.Q.C. Lamar was thinking about retirement from public life. He started purchasing land in the small town of Taylor, just south on Oxford. By 1882, he had acquired 550 acres along the Mississippi Central Railroad. On a hill overlooking the farm, he had a small wooden frame home built in the New England farmhouse style. There were also barns and shelters for the stock, and a dairy barn.
He wrote to his farm manager, William Knight, “that place is to be my future home at the end of my services here, I shall go to that place and spend the remainder of my life. You see, therefore, that you are not merely in charge of a nice farm and fine stock, but that you will contribute much to my future comfort.” (October 22, 2010, Page 2B)
OXFORD TOWN – Lindsay Fine, one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, returns to the Taylor Farmers’ Market this Saturday morning as Fall sets in. With only two weeks left, the market is still featuring great Fall produce and great music with artists like Fine gracing the green lawn in the Plein Air neighborhood. Turn to Page 9 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town and read about the popular Saturday morning market and Lindsay’s much anticipated return. (October 21, 2010, Page 9)
Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit’s Keith Davis, and the other investigators at Metro, are pushing adding “enhancement charges” to regular drug dealing charges. Enhancement charges include, selling drugs within 1,500 of a school or church or child endangerment, for selling drugs when a child is present.
An enhancement charge does just that — it enhances the sentence of the defendant if found guilty. Under state law, selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school allows a judge to double the penalty.
Several suspects charged with dealing drugs were indicted during the September grand jury and have been given enhancement charges along with being indicted with selling drugs.
See these and other indictments handed down by the grand jury in today’s EAGLE. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford Generations columnist Leah McCormick writes about living out your dream this week:
Years ago, I thought I had the job of my dreams, the one I’d worked so hard for — and then I stepped off the treadmill …
I’ll never forget my first day off. I just wanted to be in the moment with my children. I did laundry, got a wild hair and hung them on the clothes line. My daughter, Rivers, stood on an upside down 5-gallon bucket beside me and “helped.” The wind was blowing slightly, moving the sheets slowly in the wind. It was so “Little House on the Prairie.” Rivers beamed at me. I beamed right back. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
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)