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October 17, 2012

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

A committee was formed to replace current Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin, who is retiring. The committee, along with Patterson, will supervise the screening of applicants and choose the new police chief.

Patterson said he believed that the application period for the position should start Nov. 1, and the window will close around Nov. 15.

October 9, 2012

A new Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the J.D. Williams Library last week.

A new Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the J.D. Williams Library last week. Oxford mayor Pat Patterson, Chancellor Dan Jones and officials of the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA) tourism department made the presentation this past Friday, Sept. 29, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s enrollment at The University of Mississippi. The marker is the seventh of 30 initial markers placed along the Freedom Trail, a commemorative series of locations integral to the history of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi.

September 17, 2012

The Ole Miss Department of Political Science will award its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award to A.J. Holloway, mayor of Biloxi, early next month.

The Ole Miss Department of Political Science will award its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award to A.J. Holloway, mayor of Biloxi, early next month.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, established five years ago by the Department of Political Science, aims to recognize Ole Miss alumni and their post-graduate accomplishments. The Advisory Board of Alumni meets every spring to review possible selections.

September 11, 2012

Oxford mayor Pat Patterson met with the ASB Cabinet on Sunday night. During his meeting with us, we discussed numerous topics ranging from student behavior leaving the Square to student involvement in the community. I wish to discuss both topics he raised.

September 11, 2012

In today’s political climate, one may find it difficult to believe that politicians engage in any meaningful conversation with constituents. Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson, however, took the opportunity to meet with the Associated Student Body Sunday to discuss the recent rise in crime around the Square, the difficulty of growth in the Oxford-University community and opportunities for University of Mississippi students to get involved in the community.

In today’s political climate, one may find it difficult to believe that politicians engage in any meaningful conversation with constituents. Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson, however, took the opportunity to meet with the Associated Student Body Sunday to discuss the recent rise in crime around the Square, the difficulty of growth in the Oxford-University community and opportunities for University of Mississippi students to get involved in the community. Patterson addressed crime around the Square and in old Oxford.

September 5, 2012

 

In a big week for local government, the Board of Aldermen held its first bimonthly meeting and passed votes on some major issues that have been in the works for months.

 
 
 

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.

June 5, 2012

The Board of Aldermen and Mayor Pat Patterson met at City Hall to discuss Square parking and other matters Tuesday night.

 

The Board of Aldermen and Mayor Pat Patterson met at City Hall to discuss Square parking and other matters Tuesday night. The decision for parking on the Square will be delayed because the board is not prepared to vote on the issue, according to Patterson. 

Concerns discussed at the meeting on May 31 included public opinion and the pending approval from the Historic Preservation Commission.   

May 3, 2012

Baptist Memorial Hospital will soon be relocated just west of its present location. 

 

Baptist Memorial Hospital will soon be relocated just west of its present location. 

The new location was chosen from 15 potential sites. The site that was ultimately chosen will be located South of Highway 6, west of South Lamar Boulevard and east of Old Taylor Road. Baptist officials said that the main reason for the relocation is for the expansion of the hospital and its staff.

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 18, 2012

The Oxford Conference Center is moving forward with renovation plans in an attempt to boost its appeal to city residents, visitors and clients.

 

The Oxford Conference Center is moving forward with renovation plans in an attempt to boost its appeal to city residents, visitors and clients. At the recommendation of a recent study and architectural design consultants, the Oxford Tourism Council will present a plan to the Oxford City Council and Mayor Pat Patterson to request up to $400,000 in decorative improvements to be implemented over a five-year period at the facility.

March 28, 2012

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

March 22, 2012

The Oxford Board of Aldermen delayed the authorization of a new speed bump policy at its March 20 meeting.The Oxford Board of Aldermen delayed the authorization of a new speed bump policy at its March 20 meeting.

 

The Oxford Board of Aldermen delayed the authorization of a new speed bump policy at its March 20 meeting.

City engineer Bart Robinson proposed that the aldermen consider options outside of speed bumps, but Mayor Pat Patterson said he wanted to move forward with the policy.

“It’s needed,” he said. “The people of Oxford want this.”

Robinson gave examples of alternative options, including paint and roundabouts.

March 21, 2012

Paying for parking on the Square has become a possibility. The plan, which could be enforced as soon as next fall, will make premium parking at the Square come at a price.

 

Paying for parking on the Square has become a possibility. The plan, which could be enforced as soon as next fall, will make premium parking at the Square come at a price.

The process will start with the parking committee, Mayor George Patterson said. After it is recognized by the board of aldermen, the parking commission will meet and further discuss the details of the parking plan.

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 5, 2012

Oxford may not see a new farmer’s market until next spring.

 

Oxford may not see a new farmer’s market until next spring.

City grant writer Lynn Wilkins accepted the grant on behalf of the city at the Nov. 15, 2011 Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting, and the grant was tabled at the Dec. 6, 2011 meeting.

Mayor Pat Patterson said there were concerns about the grant and that they are still working on farmer’s market ideas and how to use the grant.

“It may be next spring before it gets off the ground,” Patterson said.

February 28, 2012

 

Local company Hotty Toddy Taxi plans to file suit against the city of Oxford after being cited for a violation of the city’s taxi ordinance on Feb. 25.

The ordinance, which was approved by the Oxford City Council and Mayor Pat Patterson in November, set restrictions on taxi activity.

Among other things, the legislation dictates that cab companies must display a valid, identifiable permit on all of its vehicles, carry certain levels of liability insurance and set a cap on passenger rates.

 

Local company Hotty Toddy Taxi plans to file suit against the city of Oxford after being cited for a violation of the city’s taxi ordinance on Feb. 25.

The ordinance, which was approved by the Oxford City Council and Mayor Pat Patterson in November, set restrictions on taxi activity.

February 7, 2012

Lafayette County and the city of Oxford are searching for buyers for 42 bars of silver. 

 

Lafayette County and the city of Oxford are searching for buyers for 42 bars of silver. 

The bars, which weigh in at 100 ounces each according to an Associated Press report, were found in a safety deposit box during the closing of Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Before Christmas, the city released a request for proposal. Five or six bids were placed, but none were high enough, according to Mayor George “Pat” Patterson.

January 26, 2012

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been approved to receive a $112 million bond, which was recently granted by the state college board to go largely go toward construction projects.

 

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been approved to receive a $112 million bond, which was recently granted by the state college board to go largely go toward construction projects.

This bond is the largest amount of money UMMC has ever received, and it will be used to reimburse the medical center for $34 million in debt from previous projects, as well as pay for 61 other projects.

James Keeton, UMMC’s vice chancellor for health affairs, said the money will act as a bridge to fund projects past, current and future. 

January 23, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech nearly 49 years ago, rallying over 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech nearly 49 years ago, rallying over 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Just over a week ago, Kelly Shannon and a group of University of Mississippi students were recognized for their efforts, this time through community service in King’s name.
King’s legacy lives on through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and observed as far away as Hiroshima.

November 9, 2011

For at least 30 of every 365 days, cyclists will have a reason to feel safe when they ride around the streets of Oxford.

 

For at least 30 of every 365 days, cyclists will have a reason to feel safe when they ride around the streets of Oxford.

Mayor “Pat” Patterson and the Oxford Board of Aldermen have announced that November is now Bicycle Safety Enforcement Month. 

During this month, the Oxford and University Police Departments will be cracking down on bicycle safety enforcement. 

The idea came out of the Pathways Commission and was announced at the Nov. 1 board meeting. 

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.

November 6, 2011

Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and a group of University of Mississippi students teamed up this past weekend to make the city of Oxford cleaner and a little more beautiful.

Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and a group of University of Mississippi students teamed up this past weekend to make the city of Oxford cleaner and a little more beautiful.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Patterson, along with a group of National Pan-Hellenic Greek Organizations led by assistant dean Valerie Ross, participated in an event to help clean up litter in Oxford. 

The group of a few dozen were accompanied by two Oxford police officers and two university police officers to clean up trash on major thoroughfares.

October 26, 2011

If you have ever feared for your life walking across Old Taylor Road bridge or crossing between traffic, you’ll be glad to know those problems are almost over.

 

If you have ever feared for your life walking across Old Taylor Road bridge or crossing between traffic, you’ll be glad to know those problems are almost over.

The Board of Aldermen recently took another step closer toward making the intersection of Highway 6 and Old Taylor Road safer. 

Mayor “Pat” Patterson and the board approved a rezoning of property on the south side of the Old Taylor Road bridge that will be used to create the bridge.