The short trail through the 30-acre Bailey’s Woods that links William Faulkner’s house, Rowan Oak, to the University of Mississippi Museum was recently designated as a National Recreation Trail, which could lead to numerous benefits for one of the community’s most popular hiking paths. (June 5, 2012, Page 1)
EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the possibility of paid parking on the Oxford Square, and encourages city leaders to consider the town’s beauty and the economic impact parking meters and paid parking will have on the community. (June 4, 2012, Page 4)
COMPLETE STORY — Fifty years after the death of Williams Faulkner, the Oxford writer’s work continues to be popularity. The Modern Library is reissuing six of his books this year and Hollywood is showing renewed interest in transferring his work from the page to the screen.
In 1962, when William Faulkner died, The Oxford EAGLE was a weekly newspaper and about the only way to deliver news sooner was through handbills. Now, with the 50th anniversary of Faulkner’s death coming up, News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about technological advances and how The EAGLE will use its website to cover this historic event. (May 11, 2012, Page 4A)
Two recent reports offer the latest evidence that Mississippi’s economy is rebounding from the Great Recession. One report notes that Lafayette County’s jobless rate continues to fall. Local unemployment dropped from 7.6 percent in February to 6.9 percent in March. The state and local economies are expected to continue to gradually improve for the next three years before peaking in 2016, according to another report. (April 30, 2012, Page 5)
News Editor Jonathan Scott, who is embracing a zero-gasoline policy when it comes to lawn care now that he’s the proud owner of an electric-powered mower, writes about his newest machine and how it affects his yard work. (April 12, 2012, Page 4)
FULL STORY — Several events are being planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. A free screening of “The Reivers,” lectures and other activities will take place on July 6.
Last fall’s death of cyclist Kevser Ermin on Highway 314 is apparently a closed case, but News Editor Jonathan Scott still has questions about the incident. Scott writes about some of those questions as well as the hope that laws will be changed about mandatory toxicology testing for those involved in all motor vehicle wrecks that result in death or serious injury. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)
Want to get involved with local government and helping the community? As News Editor Jonathan Scott writes, you don’t have to wait until you’re old enough to vote. Scott points out a project by a local Girl Scout group that involved going before a local board, the Oxford Park Commission, for permission and approval and then following through to help improve things in the community. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)
Anniversaries come and go, and are often forgotten or ignored. In 2012, there are a number of anniversaries to be celebrated locally, statewide, nationwide and around the world, including two big events right here in the L-O-U community. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at those events – the death of William Faulkner and the integration of the University of Mississippi – and how they affected the community and its view from others. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)