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Campus, Oxford prepare to become war hospital

The Lyceum and other buildings on the University of Mississippi campus were used for hospital facilities during the Civil War. Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us how the university made room for the onslaught of wounded soldiers. (March 23, 2012, Page 2B)

The occupation of Oxford

Historian and columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about the occupation of Oxford in December 1862 during the Civil War. (December 16, 2011, Page 2B)

OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Isn’t it too soon for another 100-year flood?

We’ll never see a flood like the one in 1927. There will never be a hurricane like Camille again. You’d think we’d learn to never say “never” about weather and related disasters. Even talk about 100-year floods and such are hard to understand, so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at what a 100-year event really is. (May 18, 2011, Page 4)

Are we on the fast track to $4 gasoline?

Did you notice all the gas price jumps last weekend? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the multiple hikes and how prices are comparing now to just a month ago and to a year ago. Is the trend heading toward $4 a gallon gasoline, something that hit lots of people hard in 2008? Will the reaction be the same? (March 2, 2011, Page 4)

Health effort proves popular

More than 600 people signed up earlier this month for the new health initiative, “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” Many of those same people took advantage of the free hour-long ballroom dancing session offered for those participating in the program Thursday evening at the Oxford Conference Center. The five-month long program will feature special exercise programs and speakers like Patrick House, the winner of season 10 Biggest Loser who be in Oxford Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. Priority seating goes to those in the program, however the doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the general public. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)

Quake threat real

Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)

Yankees invade Oxford during Christmas 1862

Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes this week about the invasion of Oxford by Union forces just before Christmas in 1862. (December 10, 2010, Page 2B)

Tuning into the bed-and-breakfast crowd

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)

You can see where we learned our ‘hospitality’

Editor Don Whitten relates an interesting story from a trip Oxonian Wilbur Lee Todd and his family made to and from North Carolina last weekend for a wedding, pointing out that there are plenty of good people around and noting that it’s clear where we learned much of our Southern hospitality. (September 15, 2010)

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