The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold all future negotiations between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi officials in open, public meetings.
Supervisor Mike Pickens made the motion, claiming recent information released to the public through the media had been inaccurate.
The vote passed unanimously to hold all negotiations with Baptist in an open forum unless advised to do so otherwise by board attorney David O’Donnell. (December 7, 2010, Page 1)
This year’s Boys & Girls Club Ultimate Dine Out fundraiser will offer residents a chance to win $2,000 worth of certificates from local restaurants.
All tickets sold in Oxford will be only be eligible to win the Oxford prize package that consists of certificates from about 48 Oxford and Lafayette County restaurants.
Tickets are $10 a piece and are tax deductible. A donation of $100 will give the buyer 15 tickets. The grand prize will be more than $2,000 in dining certificates. Second prize is $1,000 in certificates and third prize is $500 in certificates. (December 7, 2010, Page 2)
The local chapter of the American Red Cross is asking community members to “adopt” a fire family for $1,200 which will cover shelter, clothing and food for one family of four for a few days during its Friends of Fire Families campaign that runs through January.
The Lafayette County-based Red Cross chapter recently lost national funding to help families who are burned out of their homes. For more information on the program or to donate money, call 236-1282. (December 6, 2010, Page 3A)
Knitting can be as much of a social hobby as it is a skilled one. Local knitters take time to share their work during the weekly knitting circle at Knit1 Oxford which opened its doors in August, giving local knitting enthusiasts a place to learn and share new knitting tricks. (December 3, 2010, Page 1B)
While The Lanes bowling alley has been released to an insurance company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the investigation into what caused the massive blaze that destroyed Oxford’s bowling alley continues.
The shell of what remained of the fire that destroyed the 50-year-old building was demolished last week. (December 3, 2010, Page 1A)
For the second time this year, Arseniy Parshikov’s custom car stereo installment business has fallen victim to burglars who have stolen thousands of dollars in stereo equipment.
Sometime on Sunday, someone broke into Bump in Da Trunk, located on College Hill Switch, and stole $10,000 to $15,000 worth of electronics, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigator Scott Hill said. Because of the “insanity,” Parshikov said he has decided to close the doors to his car audio and video equipment businesses and become a mobile business. (December 3, 2010, Page 2A)
Everything from the fun Christmas songs to deeply, religious sacred music is on the program for Sunday’s holiday concert, “An Oxford Christmas: Let There be Light!,” at the Ford Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The concert will be at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Oxford and organized by the church’s music minister, Thomas Barrett. (December 3, 2010, Page 5A)
After 15 years of serving eclectic, but always delicious dishes, the Yocona In Exile restaurant — previously Yocona River Inn — will close its doors this weekend.
Yocona in Exile was opened in Abbeville after a fire in the spring of 2009 destroyed the original restaurant, Yocona River Inn. Osborn relocated her restaurant and renamed it when she reopened it a year ago in Abbeville. The new restaurant gave the downtown area of the tiny town a spark of new life. (December 2, 2010, Page 2A)
Faculty member Wendy Goldberg began holding Sabbath services in August where about 50 people have been attending. From the faculty and staff group, students formed an official student organization, University of Mississippi Jewish Community, which is holding its first event this weekend.
The UMJC’s inaugural Hanukkah Latke Study Break Party will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Student Union Ballroom. The cost is $5 for nonstudents, while students can attend the party for free. There will be latkes, drinks, games and face painting. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
Lafayette County Sheriff’s investigators were kept hopping last year as home burglaries increased rapidly throughout the holiday season.
Investigator Scott Mills said while less burglaries have occurred in the county compared to this time last year, he expects things to pick up quickly. Many of the recent burglaries show some signs of semblance, however Mills said he and the other investigators aren’t sure they are all related. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)