Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
Oxford Police detectives are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. More than $1,000 was stolen. (February 21, 2011, Page 2)
On Friday, about six Ole Miss Air Force ROTC cadets sat with veterans at the State Veteran’s Home listening to the men reminisce about the days — and years — they spent serving their country as part of the “Valentine for Veterans” Program. (February 21, 2011, Page 1)
The new Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society animal shelter opened this week after volunteers and staff spent several days moving 80 animals to their new home on McElroy Drive. See the animal’s new home in today Oxford Living. (February 18, 2011, Page 1B)
RSVP/TRIAD offer several free services to senior citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County that are aimed at keeping them safe and sound. Many of the features were highlighted during a recent community meeting held by TRIAD. (February 18, 2011, Page 2A)
Further investigation into the sale of large sections of land located off Highway 6 West, near the Cumberland subdivision, revealed a total of 107 acres were sold and transferred — not once, but twice in one day.
Speculation and rumors have suggested the land is being bought by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi to be used as the spot for its new proposed $300 million regional referral center. (February 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Rumors have begun to circulate that Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has purchased land off Highway 6 West, located southwest of Wellsgate. (February 17, 2011, Page 1)
Several Oxford firefighters were awarded for their valor and heroic efforts during a deadly fire in January where two woman lost their lives. The award was given to the firefighters on Friday in Jackson at the annual Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association banquet. (February 16, 2011, Page 1)
The 10-minute community film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade,” helped the Oxford Film Festival almost double its number of attendees this year, according to organizers.
Film Festival co-director Michelle Emanuel said two screenings were planned for the short film, however, they had to show the film an additional four times to accommodate the crowd that showed up to see the film. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)
Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)