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The city of Oxford has been named one of the ten “best small towns for business in America” by the financial company American Express.

Ole Miss graduate Marie Wicks was crowned Miss Mississippi this past Saturday, earning the honor to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in January 2013.

Oxford’s birthday festivities will come to a close with a 4th of July grand finale. 

Ole Miss will officially be a smoke-free campus beginning this fall.

The United States Senate passed the appropriate measures to avoid the doubling of interest rates on new subsidized Federal Direct Stafford loans for undergraduate students from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on Tuesday.

The health care debate may be coming to a close, as the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this morning.

Brandi Labanc is now the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs after a committee of 14 university members concluded their national search. Labanc will step into her role officially on July 16. 

Good nutrition does not come cheap. Students at Oxford and Lafayette County schools will experience this first hand when meal prices increase by 25 cents this fall.

This summer, John Z. Kiss will transition from Oxford, Ohio, to Oxford, Miss., to begin work as the new dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. Kiss, formerly a professor and chair of botany at Miami University in Ohio, is replacing Maurice Eftink as dean.

Mississippi is set to execute more inmates in 2012 than it has since the 1950s, when the death penalty was given for a much wider range of offenses.

Mississippi’s economy slid back into recession this past year after experiencing positive growth in 2009 and 2010. 

A local program is trying to erase pocketbook pain for students this summer.

Recent activity in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington State, Massachusetts and New Jersey raise alarm and hope for employees’ privacy rights. 

Plans have changed for the new Oxford High School. After bids in March for $37 million were rejected, the school and architects went back to the drawing board and cut the budget by about $6 million.

Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at the Center for Manufacturing Excellence yesterday.

An event that has become a summertime staple in Oxford is returning this June and July. The Oxford Shakespeare Festival (ShakesFest) will be performing William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “King Lear,” in addition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic “The Sound of Music.”

Over the years, The University of Mississippi has been awarded many titles, like the “Most Beautiful Campus” and “Coolest College Town.” However, it is not only what is on the surface that makes Ole Miss so great. Recently, both the School of Business Administration and the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi have been named as top schools in the nation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of business (AACSB).

The construction on Molly Barr road, which will improve the safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, is almost complete. 

On June 5th the U. S. Department of Interior endowed federal recognition to the wooded trail in the Bailey’s Woods between the University of Mississippi Museum and Rowan Oak. 

When his tenure began in office, former Associated Student Body President Taylor McGraw strongly petitioned for more outdoor basketball courts on campus and throughout the city. Though he has graduated, his goal to expand the basketball culture in Oxford lives on in the ASB. 

The Volunteer Oxford organization has received a $40,000 grant to continue operation in the Oxford and Lafayette county area.

Instead of taking a break during the summer, the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity is continuing their latest project: Building a home for single, working mother of two, Nakia Carrothers.

JACKSON –– Construction of a new research facility could begin in January 2013 at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to UMMC officials in Jackson.

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