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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Woman dies in Thanksgiving fire

A woman was killed Thanksgiving morning when the mobile home she was in caught fire.
Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said three sisters were in the trailer on County Road 436 near Yocona when it caught fire. Two escaped; however Jachicka L. Knox, 22, died in the fire. (November 29, 2013, Page 1A)

Turning the page on a late start

Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks laments the late start he got on all of the music and literature Oxford has to offer, but adds that he, like his favorite author, Larry Brown, is making the best of the situation regardless of when he got hooked. (November 8, 2013, Page 4A)

County officials craft solid budget

Editor Don Whitten praises the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and all of the county officials and department heads who worked together to come up with a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that allows the county to actually lower its millage rate. (September 17, 2012, Page 4A)

Man builds opry house for those who love music

A variety of musical guests perform on the second Saturday of each month at the Tula Opry which was a 30-year dream of Rusty Pinion. See the grand ol’ opry in Tula in today’s Oxford Living. (April 15, 2011, Page 1B)

Oxford spared icy roads

With dozens of schools closing in neighboring north Mississippi counties due to icy roadways and two weather-related deaths reported this morning, Lafayette County was spared the worst of the dangerous wintry mix this morning. Lafayette County Road Manager Jerry Haynie and his road crew took to the roads at 5 this morning checking for icy accumulations on county roads.

The temperature hung around 32 degrees this morning, causing some icy patches to form on local roads, but not enough to cause traffic problems in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation noted bridges in Lafayette County were starting to ice over at 7 this morning on its website, wwwgomdot.com. (December 15, 2010, Page 1A)

Living the American Dream is doing what makes you happy

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)

Alejandro’s Back!

OXFORD TOWN – Alejandro Escovedo returns to Oxford next Tuesday (Sept. 14)  for  a Larry Brown tribute set and discussion at Off Square Books at 5 p.m. followed by a full concert at Proud Larry’s later that night. Oxford EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott talked to Escovedo about the shows, his new album titled “Street Songs of Love” and Oxford, one of his favorite cities in which to visit and perform. “Street Songs of Love” features “high powered vocal support” from legends such as Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople and Bruce Springsteen. Pages 10 and 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Jon Scott’s very special coverage of what will be a very special show at Proud Larry’s next Tuesday. (September 9, 2010, Page 10, 11)

City proposes water, sewer rate hike

The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

FEMA offers advice; info on keeping homes safe

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on hand throughout the week at the Oxford Home Depot to offer suggestions on how to keep homes safe when severe weather strikes. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)

Family to hold memorial fish fry in honor of organ donor

It’s been five years since Janis Parker lost her husband, John Robert Parker Sr., after his eight-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and a massive stroke.
Despite her loss, Janis is comforted knowing his death has helped others live.
On Saturday, friends and family will meet at Friends Park in Tula, a place Parker enjoyed visiting when he was alive. (June 3, 2010, Page 2)

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