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September 26, 2012

Tues. morning industry leaders from Carter real estate, Campus Advantage and local community planners officially broke ground on “Highland Square” student housing just off campus on Molly Bar Road.

On Tuesday morning, industry leaders from Carter Realty, Campus Advantage and local community planners officially broke ground on Highland Square student housing just on Molly Barr Road.
 
The project, which began construction last month, is expected to add over 600 bed spaces, in addition to the 155 students already living in the area. When all the construction is complete, nearly 100 buildings will have been added to the community.
 

August 29, 2012

Aside from the green line, pedestrians and cyclists face many difficulties crossing Highway 6. With a growing number of students living south along Old Taylor Road, the lack of a suitable crossing point on either of the nearby overpasses (Old Taylor and Coliseum Drive) places pedestrians and cyclists to face either of the bridges and the dangers therein.
The difficulty is that this stretch across the bridge leaves a paltry space between the pedestrian and a thirty-foot drop down to Highway 6.

August 22, 2012

Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss. — R) visited the Oxford Rotary Club Tuesday and discussed such issues as the national debt, health care, Social Security, pork barrel spending and taxes. 

Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss. — R) visited the Oxford Rotary Club Tuesday and discussed such issues as the national debt, health care, Social Security, pork barrel spending and taxes.
Not only did he lecture in a seminar style at the Oxford University Club on the Square, but he also gave his audience an 18-question quiz. The senator said he was looking forward to the next two and a half months until election day, in hopes that the candidates will have meaningful debates and present realistic solutions to these issues.

July 10, 2012

 
Oxford University School is accredited once again.

 
Oxford University School is accredited once again.
OUS received its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement on June 23.
To earn accreditation, schools must meet rigorous standards, undergo an evaluation and strive for continuous improvement. 
OUS Headmaster Tommy Naron said the school is very focused on that last objective: improvement.

May 1, 2012

The Board of Aldermen passed a motion Tuesday night allowing the City of Oxford to purchase two 2000 Gillig 40 foot low floor buses for $18,000 each. 

The Board of Aldermen passed a motion Tuesday night allowing the City of Oxford to purchase two 2000 Gillig 40 foot low floor buses for $18,000 each. 

The University of Mississippi will reimburse the Oxford University Transit for the buses.

Oxford City Planner Tim Akers presented the proposal before Mayor Pat Patterson and the Board of Aldermen.

“This is the next step in the sustainability service that we had talked about,” Akers said.

April 25, 2012

In August 2008, a six-member committee started planning a transit system for the Oxford community. Four years later, Oxford University Transit continues to grow, implementing new buses and creating new routes to accommodate its increasing number of passengers.

In August 2008, a six-member committee started planning a transit system for the Oxford community. Four years later, Oxford University Transit continues to grow, implementing new buses and creating new routes to accommodate its increasing number of passengers.

What began with five buses and five drivers has become a system with 15 buses and 20 operating employees, thanks to the OUT committee and framework provided by McDonald Transit. The expansion has led to the need for a new transit facility.

March 6, 2012

There have been 765 school bus accidents with vehicles and 73 accidents with other objects, such as trees or light poles, in the state of Mississippi since 2006.

There have been 765 school bus accidents with vehicles and 73 accidents with other objects, such as trees or light poles, in the state of Mississippi since 2006.
This has some people wondering how safe primary- and college-aged students are on buses in Oxford.
In 2009, there were four school bus crashes in Lafayette County, one in 2010 and none in 2011, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol. Oxford University Transit (OUT) superintendent Ron Biggs said that since starting the service, there have only been minor accidents.

November 6, 2011

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance for the creation of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission. 

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance for the creation of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission. 

The commission will be responsible for creating parking structures, parking fees and parking permits within the city and on the Square. 

It will also make suggestions that will be sent to the board for approval. 

Mayor Pat Patterson said that the commission has not come to a decision yet on the price of parking fees, but there will be charges to park, applied through a kiosk.

October 17, 2011

 

For University of Mississippi students who frequent the Oxford University Transit buses, a new iPhone app could mean less frustration and more progress at bus stops. 

Busvetica is an application for mobile Apple products that locates the nearest bus stop and displays the next bus arrival time.

The Apple application, which works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, was developed by Ian Meyer and his company Adelie Software. He said the idea for the app came to him upon observing confusing bus arrival times in his town of Chapel Hill, N.C.

September 7, 2011

Oxford University Transit is feeling the effects of the spike in student enrollment this semester.

Students rushing to get to their 8 a.m. classes sometimes find a crowded late bus or, worse, a bus they cannot fit on at all.
According to junior psychology major Charlie Marcum, the overcrowding has become a hassle.

“It makes me definitely not want to ride the bus,” he said. “I have to get up early in order to get to the bus stop early to get to class early so that I can actually get to class.

August 24, 2011

 

The city of Oxford will be making one more effort to decrease its carbon footprint by purchasing a hybrid truck.

During the Board of Aldermen meeting Aug. 19, Superintendent Lynn Robbins submitted a request to bring the city a 1-ton bucket truck.

The official request documented and granted was to apply for a reimbursement grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority and Electric Power Research Institute.

August 23, 2011

With a growing student population, the demands of the O.U.T. bus system have increased, calling for a better facility.  

 

With a growing student population, the demands of the O.U.T. bus system have increased, calling for a better facility.  

June 15, 2011

 

The Oxford University School (OUS), a private elementary school in Oxford, recently reached a deal with an investment group to sell the school’s land, freeing the school from the approximately $1 million owed on the property. 

June 15, 2011

 

Recent allegations have cast the Oxford University transit bus system in a negative light. 

Bo Roberson, 70, rides OUT almost every week, sometimes two to four times a week. 

June 15, 2011

 

Recent allegations have cast the Oxford University transit bus system in a negative light. 

Bo Roberson, 70, rides OUT almost every week, sometimes two to four times a week. 

April 28, 2011

This coming weekend the Square will host about 55,000 people from across state for the 16th annual Double Decker Art Festival.

The event is hosted by the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau and will be stretched over two days, featuring several headlining musical guests.

In past years, the festival has been fit into one day, but this year Okkervil River, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and Old Crow Medicine will perform Friday night while Saturday will feature 136 artists as well as eleven bands throughout the day.

April 26, 2011

The Oxford University Transit system has experienced an increase in riders.

The Oxford University Transit system has experienced an increase in riders.

Many students and riders attribute the increase to many issues that have arisen recently, such as the shortage of public transportation to campus, the rising gas prices and the price of student parking decals.

Martha Hill, a Yellow Line bus driver, has been driving for O.U.T. for about a year and a half.  

Hill said she has noticed an increase in riders, mostly due to rising gas prices.

April 10, 2011

Thirty-one years ago, Mississippi elected a Rebel, a Mississippian, a Southerner and a great leader to the office of governor.

Thirty-one years ago, Mississippi elected a Rebel, a Mississippian, a Southerner and a great leader to the office of governor.

The man fought tirelessly for equality in everyday life. That man was William F. Winter.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Lenten Luncheon speaker series at Oxford University United Methodist Church, where Governor Winter spoke about leadership from a civic and religious perspective.

March 30, 2011

The Leapfrog program will host a 1950s prom-themed fundraiser Friday, April 1 at the Powerhouse.

The Leapfrog program will host a 1950s prom-themed fundraiser Friday, April 1 at the Powerhouse.

The idea behind its theme, “Leap Back in Time,” is to get everyone “rocking around the clock” in ‘50s garb for a good cause.

March 10, 2011

Oxford University School has started a first grade transitional program to provide children the opportunity to have a smoother and more successful transition into the first grade.

Oxford University School has started a first grade transitional program to provide children the opportunity to have a smoother and more successful transition into the first grade.

The Transitional First Grade, also referred to as T-1, is a program that reiterates key principles and concepts that are vital for children to understand before entering the first grade.It is a full day program, with a curriculum that is literacy based.

March 1, 2011

About 55,000 residents throughout the South will find themselves in Oxford on April 29 and 30 for the 16th Annual Double Decker Art Festival.

About 55,000 residents throughout the South will find themselves in Oxford on April 29 and 30 for the 16th Annual Double Decker Art Festival.

The event is hosted by the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau and will be stretched over two days and feature a headlining musical guest.  

Musical guests will appear Friday night on the south stage with an admission fee. The price has yet to be determined.

February 27, 2011

The City of Oxford has implemented a plan to make the Square more pedestrian-friendly, by eliminating parking problems.

“We are working on a long-range plan for parking in the city business district that could include a parking garage, pay parking and a more pedestrian-friendly environment,” Mayor Pat Patterson said.

Oxford is home to about 20,000 residents, and parking has been a topic of discussion for the past 16 years.

January 28, 2011

When a student arrives on campus at 7:30 a.m., he or she does not expect to be five minutes late for an 8 a.m. class.

When a student arrives on campus at 7:30 a.m., he or she does not expect to be five minutes late for an 8 a.m. class.

Such was the case for junior English major Danielle Thornton Tuesday morning, who has been faithfully using the South Lot “Park and Ride” System since its inception at the beginning of the fall semester.

January 23, 2011

The Oxford University Transit system has incorporated new technology to create a better riding experience.

The Oxford University Transit system has incorporated new technology to create a better riding experience.

The buses are now equipped with Next Bus GPS services, a program that allows riders to know the exact time their bus will arrive at their stop.

There are different ways to access the information including visiting nextbus.com, calling 662-550-2039, sending a text message to “41411” with a message saying “nbus agency stop” or using a smart phone to access the website on the go.