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October 1, 2012

The fires of revulsion spread wildly and untamed in Mississippi and on The University of Mississippi’s campus on Sept. 30, 1962, injuring several people and resulting in the death of two men.

The fires of revulsion spread wildly and untamed in Mississippi and on The University of Mississippi’s campus on Sept. 30, 1962, injuring several people and resulting in the death of two men.
 
It was on this day that 29-year-old James Meredith made history by becoming the first black student admitted to Ole Miss.
 
However, his arrival in Oxford and admittance into the university provoked a riot that resulted in chaos across the campus.
 

September 27, 2012

A half century ago, James Meredith drew the world’s attention to The University of Mississippi when he became the first black man to walk onto campus as a member of the student body. After battling the administration, state legislature and even Governor Ross Barnett himself, Meredith was finally allowed to transfer from Jackson State College – after the intervention of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the U.S. Marshals and thousands of members of the Mississippi National Guard.

September 18, 2012

What’s obvious to everyone in Oxford is now clear to the rest of the state. The University of Mississippi is continuing to grow.

What’s obvious to everyone in Oxford is now clear to the rest of the state. The University of Mississippi is continuing to grow. The Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) released the 2012 preliminary fall enrollment figures for the state of Mississippi on Monday.

August 29, 2012

James Meredith will be in Oxford this weekend as the 50th anniversary of his admission into Ole Miss approaches, but the purpose of his visit has nothing to do with the historic milestone 

James Meredith will be in Oxford this weekend as the 50th anniversary of his admission into Ole Miss approaches, but the purpose of his visit has nothing to do with the historic milestone.

July 3, 2012

In honor of William Faulkner, the man who helped shape the town, the Oxford and Ole Miss community will honor the 50th anniversary of his death this Friday, July 6, with a “William Faulkner Remembrance”, followed by the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Fifty Years After Faulkner,” July 7-11.

In honor of William Faulkner, the man who helped shape the town, the Oxford and Ole Miss community will honor the 50th anniversary of his death this Friday, July 6, with a “William Faulkner Remembrance”, followed by the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Fifty Years After Faulkner,” July 7-11.

May 2, 2012

Each year, students, parents, locals and people from across the South head to Oxford for a weekend filled with entertainment, and The Double Decker Festival packed people onto the Square this past Friday and Saturday in honor of local art and tradition.

Each year, students, parents, locals and people from across the South head to Oxford for a weekend filled with entertainment, and The Double Decker Festival packed people onto the Square this past Friday and Saturday in honor of local art and tradition.
With an estimated 55,000 people in attendance throughout the course of the weekend, stores and restaurants were packed, and parking was hard to come by. No one seemed to mind, though. With the sun shining down and a weekend of beautiful weather, Double Decker was the perfect excuse for a walk to the Square.

April 25, 2012

In 1837, the year Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in the presidency and the year Michigan became the 26th state admitted to U.S., three pioneers, all named John, bought 50 acres of land from two Chickasaw Native Americans, Princess Hoka and E Ah Nah Yea. They named that 50 acres after a town in England to promote an air of class to their new settlement.

In 1837, the year Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in the presidency and the year Michigan became the 26th state admitted to U.S., three pioneers, all named John, bought 50 acres of land from two Chickasaw Native Americans, Princess Hoka and E Ah Nah Yea. They named that 50 acres after a town in England to promote an air of class to their new settlement.
This weekend will mark Oxford’s 175th birthday since that purchase.

April 15, 2012

The Tea Party has gained recognition as a force in the political arena over the past several years. In 2009, the media spotlighted the organization because of its protests, rallies and general opposition to the Democratic Party. The Tea Party, however, doesn’t specifically align with the Republican party, other than in terms of similar characteristics and morals.

The Tea Party has gained recognition as a force in the political arena over the past several years. In 2009, the media spotlighted the organization because of its protests, rallies and general opposition to the Democratic Party. The Tea Party, however, doesn’t specifically align with the Republican party, other than in terms of similar characteristics and morals.
The Tea Party has many places with intense involvement in protest, but Tea Party Oxford is quite different from the way that the Tea Party as a whole is portrayed in the media.  

April 9, 2012

Plans for Baptist Memorial Hospital’s expansion may be on hold again after a petition of objection was filed before a hearing April 3 at the Lafayette County Chancery Court. The hearing concerned whether to allow the annexation of land south of Oxford.

 

Plans for Baptist Memorial Hospital’s expansion may be on hold again after a petition of objection was filed before a hearing April 3 at the Lafayette County Chancery Court. The hearing concerned whether to allow the annexation of land south of Oxford.

March 28, 2012

Oxford and the University of Mississippi welcome the placement of a new historical marker in front of City Hall.

March 19, 2012

Fifty years ago, James Meredith and a few companions began a march from Memphis to Jackson to encourage blacks living under Jim Crow laws to register to vote. 

 

Fifty years ago, James Meredith and a few companions began a march from Memphis to Jackson to encourage blacks living under Jim Crow laws to register to vote. 

Today, participants in the Walk Against Fear will walk from Batesville to Oxford to recreate Meredith’s walk, hoping to spread awareness about civil rights violations immigrants suffer today. 

Patricio Gonzalez, Jose Salazar and Ingrid Cruz will lead the walk. 

They expect to arrive in front of the Lyceum at approximately 7 p.m. 

March 7, 2012

This year, the city of Oxford will celebrate its 175th birthday. The anniversary celebration will kick off at the beginning of the Double Decker Festival, April 27-28, and last until the July 4.

 

This year, the city of Oxford will celebrate its 175th birthday. The anniversary celebration will kick off at the beginning of the Double Decker Festival, April 27-28, and last until the July 4.

Mayor Pat Patterson, who is involved with planning events for the celebration with the directors of tourism in Oxford, said it is an honor to be mayor during this exciting time.

March 7, 2012

As we plow through the papers and midterm exams in this hellish week, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Spring Break.

 

As we plow through the papers and midterm exams in this hellish week, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Spring Break. What a wonderful, carefree week of tanning, beaches, hiking, drinking with your friends and chatting with your family, for those of you who are going out of town. There will be some students who choose, for financial or personal reasons, to stay in Oxford for the break.

February 26, 2012

 

Rowan Oak, the fabled home of legendary writer William Faulkner, is a historic landmark, neighborhood park and popular spot for dogs all in one.

 

Rowan Oak, the fabled home of legendary writer William Faulkner, is a historic landmark, neighborhood park and popular spot for dogs all in one.

For decades, Rowan Oak has served as an iconic landmark, attracting visitors from around the world.

This well-known attraction holds a special place in the heart of Oxford and its residents, said William Griffith, Rowan Oak’s curator.

February 8, 2012

She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion.
Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale.

She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion.
Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale.

February 8, 2012

The Oxford Film Festival has entertained citizens of Oxford for nearly a decade, and this year, the OFF crew is asking for more involvement from the festival-goers — particularly from those in fraternities and sororities at the University of Mississippi.
The film festival will kick off its ninth season at The Lyric tonight and spend the rest of the weekend at the Oxford Malco theater. Those in charge are looking to the Greeks to take a bigger part in this year’s festival.

The Oxford Film Festival has entertained citizens of Oxford for nearly a decade, and this year, the OFF crew is asking for more involvement from the festival-goers — particularly from those in fraternities and sororities at the University of Mississippi.
The film festival will kick off its ninth season at The Lyric tonight and spend the rest of the weekend at the Oxford Malco theater. Those in charge are looking to the Greeks to take a bigger part in this year’s festival.

October 14, 2011

 

Oxford often finds itself in national headlines, mostly due to the University of Mississippi. The school has been named one of the best places to work and one of the most beautiful campuses. Oxford itself has also been named one of the coolest college towns.

However, there is another accolade Oxford has received that may be surprising to some people.

Over the past 10 years, the college town has been on various lists as one of the top places to retire. 

October 10, 2011

Putting Oxford on the map is one of the Oxford-Lafayette County’s Economic Development Foundation’s primary missions.
Oxford was recently listed in Where To Retire magazine as one of the nation’s top retirement cities. Polycom placed Oxford at 26 out of 576 in micropolitan areas for 2011. A micropolitan area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 people, according to www.census.gov.

October 9, 2011

 

Putting Oxford on the map is one of the Oxford-Lafayette County’s Economic Development Foundation’s primary missions. 

Oxford has recently been listed in Where to Retire magazine as one of the nation’s top retirement cities.

Polycom placed Oxford at 26 out of 576 in micropolitan areas for 2011. A micropolitan area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 people, according to www.census.gov.

September 21, 2011

 

Mississippi was the birthplace of a genre of music that has been responsible for influencing American music.

Recently, the town of Oxford was nominated to take part in the honoring of blues music by being part of the Mississippi Blues Trail.

July 13, 2011

 

All across the southeastern United States, a heat wave is causing residents to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning, and Mississippi is no exception. 

June 17, 2011

 

It’s not every day that you get to celebrate the centennial anniversary of anything. That’s why this past week has been particularly interesting for the team of editors that put together The Daily Mississippian every day. This weekend, the Ole Miss Alumni Association will host a centennial celebration for former editors and staff members of The DM.

June 7, 2011

 

The streets and sidewalks are cracked and overgrown with weeds, the buildings that once stood tall are drooping and falling apart and the overall atmosphere is dreary. No, I am not writing the next cliché Armageddon screenplay that Hollywood will produce — I am describing nearly every modern-day large city. However, Armageddon has arrived in these cities’ cases, and it is quickly becoming more evident than ever. 

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.