In the late-’70s and early-’80s, Oxford native Howard Phillips, 49, was an athlete who played football, basketball and ran track at Oxford High School. It was a way of escaping the drugs and violence he witnessed growing up in one of the city’s low-income housing projects. Today, he is battling a mysterious illness that has stolen his ability to walk, if only temporarily, and searching for answers.
This wrapped up with a lot of old familiar faces leaving while new ones were hired or elected by local citizens to replace them. Read about the top stories for the final quarter of 2011 in today’s EAGLE. (December 30, 2011, Page 1A)
Plans for the new, highly anticipated Olin-Winchester facility were approved unanimously during the Lafayette County Planning Commissions regular meeting Tuesday night. The new facility will be built south of County Road 166, the entrance into the park, and on the west side of the existing facility where land is already being cleared. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)