The entire community was invited to attend Oxford College's annual Earth Day celebration Saturday afternoon. Held on the lawn of the Tarbutton Performing Arts Center, the day featured a variety of activities, including a band and snacks, demonstrations on environmentally-focused topics presented by organic chemistry students such as how to make Silly Putty were available and children were invited to decorate cookies and tote bags and plant seeds to take home, among other things.
At the January city council work session, Oxford residents took a second look at plans for a new two-story city hall building and safety complex that would serve as a cornerstone for a potential town-center area.
Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an attempted armed robbery Dec. 11 at a home on Oxford Way in Oxford.
According to the incident report, the victim was at home when he heard a noise at the back door. When he went outside to investigate, he heard a gun cock and a man with a blue bandana covering his face emerged from the bushes with a shotgun. He said the man put the weapon in his face, after which the victim lay on the ground.
Oxford mayor Jerry Roseberry and the Oxford City Council are seeking to fill a vacancy on the municipality's planning commission.
Planning commission member Forrest McCanless, who has served on the board since 2006 and who was replacing Emma Lou Harris in her term, will resign from his position effective Dec. 31. A new member will be appointed at the Oxford City Council's annual organizational meeting, held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Oxford community room.
According to Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry at the Oxford City Council meeting Monday night, November delinquencies dropped 18 percent in comparison with November 2007.
Roseberry attributes the improvement to what he referred to as a no-nonsense collections approach employed by staff members at Oxford City Hall. Roseberry commended the City Hall staff for their efforts during the council meeting.