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July 11, 2012

A recent lawsuit involving former NFL player Derrick Burgess and his dogs has spurred some questioning by Oxford and Lafayette County citizens.

 
A recent lawsuit involving former NFL player Derrick Burgess and his dogs has spurred some questioning by Oxford and Lafayette County citizens.
Brent and Jennifer Johnson sued Burgess for allegedly allowing his 10 to 15 pit bulls run free in their neighborhood, according to the Associated Press. The Johnsons claimed the dogs killed several cats and chickens and were aggressive toward children in the neighborhood. Though the lawsuit was settled outside of court, Oxonians were exposed to some questions concerning their own pets.

June 20, 2012

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.

 
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.
Oxford Superintendent Brian Harvey said he is not worried that the rise in costs will deter families from buying school lunches.
“When you talk about paying $2.25 for a lunch, that’s still a pretty good deal,” Harvey said. “You can’t eat for that anywhere else.”

June 12, 2012

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

 
The Volunteer Oxford organization has received a $40,000 grant to continue operation in the Oxford and Lafayette county area. The grant, which is a continuation of the grant that was awarded to Volunteer Oxford last year, was approved by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) this past Friday. MCVS wrote the grant in an effort to increase the rate of volunteerism by building infrastructure for volunteer centers. 

June 12, 2012

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

 
The Volunteer Oxford organization has received a $40,000 grant to continue operation in the Oxford and Lafayette county area. The grant, which is a continuation of the grant that was awarded to Volunteer Oxford last year, was approved by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) this past Friday. MCVS wrote the grant in an effort to increase the rate of volunteerism by building infrastructure for volunteer centers. 

April 2, 2012

 

It is a great day to be a Rebel. Personally, I think every day is a great day to be a Rebel; but, lately, things just keep getting better and better.

March 28, 2012

This upcoming weekend, thousands of students will take to the streets of Oxford and Lafayette County to give back to the community that has taken them in.

 

This upcoming weekend, thousands of students will take to the streets of Oxford and Lafayette County to give back to the community that has taken them in.

The University of Mississippi Big Event, the largest community service project in the history of the university with more than 3,000 volunteers, will take place March 31. 

The purpose of the event is to dedicate a day of service to the community. Students from any Ole Miss campus can participate. 

February 29, 2012

 

During the day, business and language major Evan Morrison seems like a normal graduate student. He gets up at 7 a.m. to walk his puppy. After breakfast, he either rushes to work at his father’s seafood shop or goes to work with Ole Miss First as a graduate assistant. He then attends class from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in an attempt to finish his master’s degree in May. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to meetings with the Associated Student Body and the Graduate Student Council.

 

During the day, business and language major Evan Morrison seems like a normal graduate student. He gets up at 7 a.m. to walk his puppy. After breakfast, he either rushes to work at his father’s seafood shop or goes to work with Ole Miss First as a graduate assistant. He then attends class from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in an attempt to finish his master’s degree in May. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to meetings with the Associated Student Body and the Graduate Student Council.

February 8, 2012

The University of Mississippi and Oxford and Lafayette County have been struggling with the details of how to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility for over a year now.
Earlier this week, the board of aldermen announced that each side has come to an agreement.
The facility currently holds eight courts. However, park officials began looking for an expansion to 20 courts, viewing deck and clubhouse back in September 2010. The project would have cost $3 million, according to Oxford Park Commission director Rob Boyd.
While the city and Ole Miss have been on board for several months, the county board of supervisors has held up the project for financial reasons.
The three finally agreed on a scaled-down project, which elements the deck and clubhouse, for $550,000 coming from Ole Miss, Oxford and Lafayette County.
The plan now calls for 12 new courts and a building to house bathrooms, storage and a small meeting room for teams.
The $1.65 million for expansion of the tennis courts will also be used to help renovate the two city-owned baseball fields, with any funds left over going toward construction of new baseball fields.

The University of Mississippi and Oxford and Lafayette County have been struggling with the details of how to expand the John Leslie Tennis Facility for over a year now.
Earlier this week, the board of aldermen announced that each side has come to an agreement.
The facility currently holds eight courts. However, park officials began looking for an expansion to 20 courts, viewing deck and clubhouse back in September 2010. The project would have cost $3 million, according to Oxford Park Commission director Rob Boyd.

January 31, 2012

The Oxford and Lafayette County school systems have found a way to save money in an economy that has everyone looking for ways to save a buck or two.
Over the past two years, eight schools in Oxford and Lafayette County have participated in the TVA Green School Initiative Program, which involves making behavioral changes to save electricity. There are 12 steps the schools complete throughout the program.

The Oxford and Lafayette County school systems have found a way to save money in an economy that has everyone looking for ways to save a buck or two.
Over the past two years, eight schools in Oxford and Lafayette County have participated in the TVA Green School Initiative Program, which involves making behavioral changes to save electricity. There are 12 steps the schools complete throughout the program.

November 17, 2011

The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County will celebrate its 41st birthday on Nov. 17.

 

The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County will celebrate its 41st birthday on Nov. 17.

For years, the United Way fundraising committee has combined its efforts with different companies, agencies and individuals in the Oxford, Lafayette County and university area that are willing to contribute to make a difference in their community.

November 15, 2011

Oxford residents will soon have access to a state-of-the-art hospital. The North Mississippi installation of Baptist Memorial Hospital continues to finalize plans to build a new hospital within city limits. The site selection process is nearing its end as the number of potential sites is narrowed down.

November 8, 2011

Starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, students in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media will be covering election-related events in Oxford and Lafayette County.

Check the Mississippi Election Day blog often to see what’s happening at the polls, what political experts have to say about the most significant races and issues, how the party faithful are spending the final hours and what’s driving voters to cast their ballots.

October 12, 2011

CodeRED, a new weather warning system, will be implemented in Oxford and Lafayette County.
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a three-year contract with CodeRED’s operating company for approximately $21,000 this past Monday. This payment includes the company’s participation in the emergency notification system for the first year.

September 18, 2011

The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce announced the inauguration of its new ambassador program in September.
The program began this year as a group of volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce membership, who helped enhance communication with chamber members and business professionals to help them to get the most out of their membership investment and benefits.

September 9, 2011

 

Volunteer Oxford, a new volunteer center, is working to turn Sept. 11, a day that most associate with terrorism and fear, into a day symbolizing heroism and strength.

August 31, 2011

In an effort to promote safety in Oxford, officials met last week to discuss the city’s growing pains.

 

In an effort to promote safety in Oxford, officials met last week to discuss the city’s growing pains.

August 24, 2011

Ole Miss has always been a hot spot for fun and entertainment for students and the Oxford community.
From its Southern tailgating traditions to its culturally-influenced background, it’s easy to see why.
However, this year I encourage every Rebel to step outside of his or her “football comfort zone” and explore some of the other great things Ole Miss has to offer.
So with that, I present you a list of the top five things to do at Ole Miss this year.
1. Join an organization

June 22, 2011

 

Inspire. Serve. Transform. It’s funny how three simple words can mean so much to one person. As current Miss University Katherine Barkett prepares for the Miss Mississippi pageant on June 29, these are not only the words she lives by — they are the words that have shaped her pageant career. 

April 28, 2011

The annual Double Decker Spring Ride will be held on Saturday, Apr. 30, in conjunction with the Double Decker Arts Festival.

The Oxford Cycling Club will host the event, along with the help of the Oxford Bicycle Company and Active Oxford.

In order to allow people to participate in both the Double Decker Spring Run and the Spring Ride, the board of directors has decided to move the starting time of the ride from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The starting line has been moved as well.

April 5, 2011

A select few area high school sophomores have spent most of this semester volunteering.

A select few area high school sophomores have spent most of this semester volunteering.

The Junior Leadership Program, sponsored by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, was designed for sophomores in Oxford and Lafayette County schools that show great leadership ability.  

The program is focused on improving those skills with hopes that the students will have a positive influence on the community in the future.

March 23, 2011

The Big Event has owned up to its name by exceeding the Associated Student Body’s expectations by more than 200, making the event the biggest volunteer effort in University of Mississippi history.

The Big Event has owned up to its name by exceeding the Associated Student Body’s expectations by more than 200, making the event the biggest volunteer effort in University of Mississippi history.

ASB president Virginia Burke said the event has exceeded the groups’ expectation of 1,000 volunteers, and she hopes the project exceeds expectations as well.

February 21, 2011

The recent U.S. census data numbers show that Oxford and Lafayette County have experienced significant population growth in the last 10 years.

The recent U.S. census data numbers show that Oxford and Lafayette County have experienced significant population growth in the last 10 years.

The Lafayette County population grew 22.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, making it the fastest growing non-metropolitan county in the state. The county went from a population of 38,744 residents in 2000 to 47,351 in 2010.

February 17, 2011

The Women of Distinction luncheon originally scheduled for Nov. 9, 2010, has been rescheduled due to a lack of nominees and time to have them nominated.

The Women of Distinction luncheon originally scheduled for Nov. 9, 2010, has been rescheduled due to a lack of nominees and time to have them nominated.

The event, now planned for March 8, is hosted by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South and FNC. The luncheon will honor distinguished women of Lafayette, Grenada, Yalobusha and Panola Counties.  

February 2, 2011

The next time the electricity goes out, try to look at the bright side: You are still better off than the squirrel that just died.

The next time the electricity goes out, try to look at the bright side: You are still better off than the squirrel that just died.

Each winter, dozens of squirrels and other small animals are killed on Oxford and Lafayette County’s power lines. Keith Hayward, assistant manager of North East Mississippi Electric Power, said the animals are drawn to the heat put off by the equipment.