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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)

Tree compromise OK’d for parking lot

The Oxford Planning Commission reconsidered and approved a variance Monday to the owners of Oxford East Shopping Center that will allow them to plant fewer trees in the parking lot than required in the city’s landscaping ordinance and granted a parking lot variance  to Rainbow Cleaners, allowing them to have fewer parking spaces at its new spot than required in the city ordinance since most of the traffic is short term and the drive-through window reduces the need for parking. (December 14, 2010, Page 1)

At war’s end, Oxford has first Christmas tree

Columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield talks about Oxford’s first community Christmas tree that was erected at the Memory House on University Avenue. (December 3, 2010, Page 2B)

Neighborhoods start seeing green

The Oxford Tree Board, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Forestry Commission, is helping  homeowners learn how to plant trees on their property by providing free workshops and even free trees to plant.

The Tree Board received a $1,500 grant to purchase trees of a wide variety. They picked two subdivisions — Eagle Point and Community Green to begin their new project. (November 17, 2010, Page 1)

Local banks robbed more often

While Oxford has had two bank robberies and nearby Water Valley has had one bank robbed in 2010, nationally, the Bonnie and Clyde wannabes seem to be getting fewer. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)

Bank robber still on the lam

The Oxford Police Department is still searching for the man who robbed the Mechanics Bank on University Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Police say a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank at 11:37 a.m. and robbed a teller at gun point; however, no one was injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information of the case is asked to call OPD at 232-2400. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)

OPD searches for bank robber

The Oxford Police Department is searching for the suspect who robbed the Mechanics Bank at 1508 E. University Ave. at 11:37 this morning. Bank officials told police a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank and robbed the bank at gun point, according to police. No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect then fled the bank on foot and reportedly got into an older model vehicle which may be either light tan or light yellow in color and possible either a GM or Ford.

Officers recovered a gun, money and other evidence that was covered in red paint from the the “dye pack” that discharged near where the suspect’s vehicle was parked. Anyone with information of the case is asked to call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400. (November 2, 2010)

Pauper burial OK’d for woman

On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the bill for  Natalie “Nicki” Coleman, who died Thursday, under the county’s pauper burial policy.

Coroner Rocky Kennedy asked the board to consider paying for the cremation since he was unable to find next of kin of Coleman who were able to pay.

(more…) (November 2, 2010, Page 1)

Businessman pleads to bank fraud charge

Former Oxford businessman Dino Jerry Grisanti pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud Thursday in front of a federal judge.

According to court records, in January 2006, Grisanti, operator of the now-defunct Grisanti Rebel Motors in Oxford, attempted to defraud Regions Bank by concealing he had sold 66 vehicles worth $2,985,768. (October 22, 2010, Page 2A)

Stark Young’s days at the Walton Young Home

One of the most distinguished graduates of the University of Mississippi was also a resident of Oxford.
Although Stark Young was born in Como, he would later move with his family to Oxford. Young was born in 1881 and in 1890 his mother died. A few years later, his father, also a graduate of Ole Miss, would remarry and move to Oxford. (June 11, 2010, Page 3B)

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