Two recent reports highlight how attractive the Oxford community is to people and businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau finds that Oxford is one of the fastest growing cities and OPEN Forum names Oxford as one of the top 10 small towns for business. (July 3, 2012, Page 1)
Fourteen months after a tornado destroyed the SWM plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park, Blauer Manufacturing Co. invested in rebuilding the facility. A grand opening was held Thursday for the new SWM plant, which is much bigger, employs more people and houses more operations. (June 15, 2012)
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)