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Conference center decision looks good

Feedback from the public and a decision by city officials to keep the Oxford Conference Center as a conference center appear to have been right on target with recent news about revenues for the past year. (November 25, 2014, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Richard G. Roberts Jr. writes that there are many who oppose parking meters in downtown Oxford but are apparently not willing to do anything about it, while Barbara J. Smith writes to remind everyone about Thursday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Pantry. (February 10, 2014, Page 4)

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      Best meeting time in the eye of beholder

      Oxford Board of Aldermen meetings usually begin at 6 p.m. Starting in September, make that 5 p.m. Editor Don Whitten disagrees with that move and takes a look at why and why not to make the change. (July 26, 2013, Page 4A)

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        To be cold or not to be cold?

        Lots of things have changed in Oxford during the last 40 years. One that hasn’t, however, is allowing retail stores to sell cold beer, and that’s something the alderman and mayoral candidates seemed to be in agreement about Tuesday night. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the issue of selling cold beer and wonders how long it will take city leaders to back up their words and change the law. (May 2, 2013, Page 4)

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          2013 city elections get a bit more interesting

          For the longest time, it appeared nearly all of the incumbent aldermen and the mayor in Oxford would be running unopposed this year. Not any more as a flurry of final-week qualifications make for several races this spring and summer. Editor Don Whitten writes about how we all benefit from those who are willing to throw their hat in the ring. (March 11, 2013, Page 4A)

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            Oxford officials deserve praise for budget work

            Editor Don Whitten passes out kudos to Oxford’s mayor, aldermen and department heads for their work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting they’ve been able to spend money well and raise salaries without raising taxes. (September 14, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Open Letter to Board of Aldermen

              Amanda Lewis Hyneman, a member of the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee, sends an open letter to the Oxford Board of Alderman giving them her take on the parking situation downtown and around the Square and options to consider. (May 29, 2012, Page 4)

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                Remembering longtime mayor John Leslie

                So many of today’s Oxonians don’t remember, or may not even know, six-term mayor John Leslie. We all, however, make use of so many things he helped bring to the community – roads, buildings, recreational facilities, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten, subbing for longtime Leslie friend and former EAGLE Editor Nina Goolsby, takes a look back at Leslie accomplishments. (March 26, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  John V. Hunter IV writes to ask why city officials are getting involved with pricing in the local taxi industry. (November 9, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Watching local government at work

                    A group of local Boy Scouts from Troop 144 attended part of Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall as part of the requirements for one of their merit badges. Editor Don Whitten wonders what their reports about their visit to watch their local leaders work will include. (October 19, 2011, Page 4)

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