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Renovations, re-purposing and history in the headlines

Renovations  to an aging building and re-purposing other structures — one that made history on the University of Mississippi campus — dominate the headlines this week looking back to the years 2005, 1997, 1991 and 1988.

Aug. 19, 2005

Arts community cheers as renovation project begins

It will be a delicate process — a work of art in itself — to transform an aging electric power house into a home for the community’s artists, musicians and performers.

Situated on the corner of University Avenue and South 14th Street, the former home of the Oxford Electric Department will be the scene of a six-month renovation process set to begin next week. It is to contain gallery space, a theater, classrooms and offices for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

The initial $821,000 renovation involves simply getting the 1928 building in usable condition, with further phases of the project planned for the coming years.

Aug. 20, 1997

Faulkner finds seat at City Hall

The Board of Alermen — in front of a packed house and with several Faulkner descendants looking on — voted last night to approve three new contracts that relate to the ownership, costs, and reproduction rights of the William Faulkner statue.

The board’s approval of those contracts means the statue will become city property once it is delivered and installed.

The unveiling of the statue is set for the southwest lawn of City Hall on Sept. 25, the 100th birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning author.

Aug. 16, 1991

Renovations close to complete at local B&I Complex

Long-awaited renovations to the Oxford-Lafayette Business and Industrial Complex are close to completion, B&I Director Jimmy Treloar said Thursday at the center’s monthly board meeting.

The renovations include a new roof and air conditioning units, as well as cosmetic improvements. The cost of the project is approximately $200,000, and marks the first time major renovations have taken place at the center since it was constructed in the early 70s,

Aug. 18, 1988

Board approves first black fraternity

Only two weeks after a blaze gutted the new Phi Beta Sigma fraternity house threatening to thwart efforts to make it the first black organization on Fraternity Row, another house on the previously all-white block has been located for the group.

The state College Board promptly gave initial approval Wednesday to a sub-lease agreement arranged by University of Mississippi officials reserving the former Phi Kappa Theta house for the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Ole Miss Chancellor Gerald Turner said Wednesday he expects the fraternity to move into the house within about six weeks.

Lafayette County

Highway 7 Coalition sends letter to Governor Reeves, state legislators asking for financial support

Business

Labor Shortage Prompts Job Fair at OHS

Crime

Dollar General employee arrested for stealing from store

Lafayette County

Oxford hires director for Animal Resource Center; County not partnering with city, for now

Education

Regents School of Oxford announces new campus location

Lafayette County

Traffic Alert: Signals out on Highway 6

Business

Heartland Forward grant program opens to local residents

Lafayette County

Eggs and Issues 2021: Local state leaders provide update on Lafayette County’s infrastructure projects

Events

Oxford Film Festival announces leadership for 2022

Crime

Oxford man facing domestic violence charge

Crime

Batesville man arrested on child neglect charge

Education

Lafayette High School announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Class of 2021

Business

Oxford Newsmedia Office moves to West Oxford Loop

Business

Eggs and Issues 2021: Rep. Brady Williamson defends tourism tax stance

Elections

Absentee voting for Oxford’s municipal elections now open

Education

Need-To-Know: Ole Miss Commencement 2021 

Crime

Oxford man arrested for attempted break-in at Lafayette County Courthouse

Crime

Oxford man arrested for credit card fraud

Education

Lafayette Students win in 2021 Mississippi History Day State Contest

Education

Oxford School District to hold public retirement reception for Brian Harvey

Events

Eggs and Issues Breakfast and Legislative Update happening Friday

Education

Dr. Adam Pugh announces retirement as Lafayette County school superintendent

News

City of Oxford Unveils Plans for New $1 Million Animal Resource Center

Events

President Barack Obama Virtually Visits Square Books for Independent Bookstore Day