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October 29, 2012

The Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce graduated 19 young leaders last week from its annual eight- month leadership development program, Leadership Lafayette.

The Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce graduated 19 young leaders last week from its annual eight- month leadership development program, Leadership Lafayette.

Denson Hollis of the The University of Mississippi Foundation recently graduated from Leadership Lafayette.

October 15, 2012

Engineering students and faculty are giving back to the state by working on levees in the Mississippi Delta.

Engineering students and faculty are giving back to the state by working on levees in the Mississippi Delta.

The risk management team, composed of three graduate students and a few faculty members from the engineering school, partnered with MEMA in July 2011, focusing on checking the strength of the levees in the Delta to help prevent natural disasters.

“The levees are like a chain, no stronger than its weakest link,” project manager Charles Swann said. “We are interested in finding the levee’s weakest link and strengthening it.”

October 10, 2012

Up and down the Mississippi River, barge captains nervously navigate historically low waters, which persist despite the storms accompanying Hurricane Isaac.
 

An Oct. 3 article from WREG Memphis warns, “low water river travel dangerous,” and a glance at the article’s contents reveals that in this instance, river travel means barge travel.
 

September 13, 2012

The Chamblee Hospitality Group has announced the closing, complete demolition, rebuilding and reopening of the landmark Downtown Oxford Inn, beginning Dec. 2.

The Chamblee Hospitality Group has announced the closing, complete demolition, rebuilding and reopening of the landmark Downtown Oxford Inn, beginning Dec. 2. Luke Chamblee, president of Chamblee Hospitality Group, said the 60-year-old building, which was acquired by the group in 2002, will undergo a complete upheaval and reconstruction to update the aging and inadequate facilities for a reopening in spring 2014.

September 7, 2012

Hurricane Isaac was just another storm to be weathered for many Mississippi Gulf Coast residents.

Most residents living along the Mississippi coastline now measure every storm against the big one -- Katrina.

For Martha Tripp, who has lived through every storm to hit Biloxi since 1947, Hurricane Isaac was just another of life's challenges to be surmounted.

Reporter Margaret Ann Morgan shares Tripp's story.

August 29, 2012

 
Last week marked Augusta National Golf Club’s admittance of its first two female members: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and investment banker Darla Moore. The club’s policy change is undoubtedly long overdue, a fact echoed in the majority of the press coverage surrounding the announcement. More interesting than the inclusion of women is the background of the women chosen for membership. 

August 29, 2012

NewsWatch 99's Stephen Quinn reports on the latest from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

Highway 90 is closed to traffic as water from Hurricane Isaac fills the street in Biloxi. The slower the storm moves, the more impact it will have as water levels rise.

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.

August 29, 2012

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Pedestrians wait to cross a flooded Beach Boulevard in Biloxi as Isaac approaches on August 28.

August 23, 2012

Camping and kayaking are wonderful ways to have good, clean fun, reconnect with nature, and blah blah yadda yadda  bite me. No, camping in campsites is fun, and kayaking down well known and well charted rivers is just a hoot. This story is not about that. Indeed, this story is about as far from it as you can get, unless your tribe’s name is Flecheiros and you spear your daily lunch-fish from a river in the Amazon.

 
Camping and kayaking are wonderful ways to have good, clean fun, reconnect with nature, and blah blah yadda yadda  bite me. No, camping in campsites is fun, and kayaking down well known and well charted rivers is just a hoot. This story is not about that. Indeed, this story is about as far from it as you can get, unless your tribe’s name is Flecheiros and you spear your daily lunch-fish from a river in the Amazon.

July 23, 2012

 

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had to wait until Thursday to take the podium, but he has now taken in his first SEC Media Days. There wasn’t much more he could’ve said about the upcoming season that he hasn’t already, but Freeze still made a splash at the podium.

 

June 18, 2012

 

NEW ORLEANS – Coming off their performances at the national championships, Ole Miss athletes received four Outdoor All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday. The Rebels also received four All-America honorable mentions. 

 

April 25, 2012

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute will sponsor the Sunflower County Freedom Project Benefit today at the Powerhouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The project works with 7th to 12th graders to prepare for college and maximize their academic potential. 

 

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute will sponsor the Sunflower County Freedom Project Benefit today at the Powerhouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The project works with 7th to 12th graders to prepare for college and maximize their academic potential. 

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 22, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La.– Freshman Sam Kendricks broke the school record in the pole vault to highlight Ole Miss’ performance at the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday. 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Freshman Sam Kendricks broke the school record in the pole vault to highlight Ole Miss’ performance at the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday. 

Kendricks entered the meet ranked ninth nationally and 21st in the world in the pole vault. He was previously second-best in school history after jumping a 17-8.5 at the Florida Relays earlier this month. The Oxford native broke the school record with a height of 17-11 Saturday and improved his national ranking to seventh. The former school record of 17-10 was set by Baker Vinci in 1985. 

March 28, 2012

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

March 28, 2012

I live about 150 miles from Oxford. Residents from Shelby County in Tennessee live around half of that. However, they pay three times the tuition that I pay because they are from Tennessee, not Mississippi.

 

I live about 150 miles from Oxford. Residents from Shelby County in Tennessee live around half of that. However, they pay three times the tuition that I pay because they are from Tennessee, not Mississippi.

House Bill 1095 seeks to change this. The bill, which has been sent to the governor, amends a section of a previous out-of-state tuition waiver for a variety of circumstances. 

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

Wednesday marked the 47th anniversary of the day John Lewis was beaten by law enforcement in Selma, Ala., for protesting for his right to vote.

 

Wednesday marked the 47th anniversary of the day John Lewis was beaten by law enforcement in Selma, Ala., for protesting for his right to vote.

Associate professor Barbara Harris Combs spoke yesterday at the Barnard Observatory at the University of Mississippi for the weekly Southern Studies Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture about “Bloody Sunday” and the 54-mile march that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

March 7, 2012

There’s not much left in the tornado-stricken town of Harrisburg, Ill. Homes and buildings that once stood in the small town were wiped out by a vicious twister that hit last Wednesday, Feb. 29.

 

There’s not much left in the tornado-stricken town of Harrisburg, Ill. Homes and buildings that once stood in the small town were wiped out by a vicious twister that hit last Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Among the debris stood three University of Mississippi students: Ethan Alexander, Jonathan Davis and Dillon Widdows. The three students made the 321-mile drive to Harrisburg this past weekend to deliver nearly three tons of water and offer their help.

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.

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.

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.