OXFORD TOWN – Several films coming out over the next month should put people in the holiday mood to sit in the theater and enjoy an eclectic mix of dramas, action, romance and comedy. Oxford Film Freak gives a break down of some soon to be holiday hits. (November 24, 2010, Page 6, 11)
Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes on non-voters and those who don’t attend meetings that will affect their community and way of life just a few days after midterm elections. She urges residents to take part in the entire process and to let elected and appointed officials know how they feel about issues. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)
The $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District passed by receiving 68 percent of the vote Tuesday. The referendum needed 60 percent for passage. The bonds will be used to build a new high school and improve the other schools in the district to handle the growing student population. (October 26, 2010, Page 1, 2)
Of the 230 people who responded to The Oxford EAGLE’s online survey asking how much they care about the mascot issue, an overwhelming 44 percent, or 102 people, said they would care about the issue, but they don’t like the mascot choices. While some commented that only Colonel Reb would be their choice, others said they wanted more interesting options. (October 14, 2010, Page 5)
The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee announced this morning that the Rebel Black Bear will be the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels. The bear now becomes the official mascot, replacing Colonel Reb, who was removed as the on-field mascot seven years ago and whose image was officially retired this summer.
The selection committee made the recommendation to University of Mississippi leaders Wednesday night following a thorough analysis of the latest poll of Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
Outstanding in the Field is described as “a roving culinary adventure,” a kind of restaurant without walls. The founders of this moveable feast promote the use of local produce in local meals prepared by local chefs to be enjoyed by local foodies.
Roughly 150 people took part in the special $180-per-ticket dinner which celebrated not just the chef who prepared the meal, but also the farmer and the fields that helped produce the meal.
As people drank a glass of Riesling, they watched as chef John Currence walked through the garden, selecting peppers, radishes and other vegetables to help add to the meal. (October 8, 2010, Page 1B)
More and more examples of bullying among students, teenagers and young adults are coming to light, and so many of the cases wind up with serious and sad circumstances and actions. Staff writer Melanie Addington gives examples of problems students face from their peers, especially in today’s world of social networking, and urges adults to get involved to help control or end the practice of bullying. (October 7, 2010, Page 4)
The catchphrase for this year’s Ten Minute Plays: keep it brief and keep it local. Four local playwrights and local actors are the focus of the annual celebration of short-form plays which began with presentations Thursday and continue tonight and Sunday afternoon at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. (September 24, 2010, Page 1A)
OXFORD TOWN – Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden’s feature film starring Corey Parker, Julia Ewing, Hailey Giles and Savannah Bearden plays for one night only in Oxford at the Malco tonight. The story, set in Magnolia, Mississippi in 1946 follows a grief-stricken family who receive a visitor from the friend of a fallen soldier. The film was shot in Tupelo, Holly Springs and Memphis. For showtimes, visit www.malco.com (September 23, 2010, Page 12)