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Yesterday’s Papers: New construction and a new mascot highlight the past

Sept. 30, 2014

New extended stay hotel approved

A new 94-bed hotel was approved Monday by the Oxford Planning Commission.

The hotel is geared toward extended stays for families undergoing treatment at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

Hilton Home2 will be located on five acres on the west side of South Lamar Boulevard, just west of the current hospital location and to the east of the new hospital site.

Sept. 30, 2010

Mascot search down to three

Voting will begin Wednesday to choose the University of Mississippi’s new mascot.

The three remaining options for Ole Miss are a bear, a land shark and Hotty and Toddy. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and season ticket holders can vote in a poll online.

A selection committee whittled the options down to three and spent time reviewing the concepts.

Sept. 30, 2009

Court finds for church elder

A chancery judge decided that subdivision covenants will not hinder the Oxford Church of Christ’s move to a new site north of town; however, in the two years it took for the court to make a decision, the church put the move on a back burner.

Chancery Judge Percy Lynchard Jr. of Hernando ruled in favor of property owners Ernest and Bonnie Harland, saying covenants on the 12-acre site the Harlands purchased in the Long Meadow subdision would not prohibit the building of a church there.

The Long Meadow Homeowners’ Association had argued that their covenants allow only for the building of single-family homes.

Sept. 30, 1999

Oxford ranks 15th in state for fast population growth

While the population data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau places Oxford as the 15th fastest-growing city in the state, annexation won’t happen before the 2000 census.

“Annexation won’t happen this year unless there’s some kind of miracle and a neighborhood just begs us to be taken in and the courts immediately agree,” said George Rummel, who is starting his third week as Oxford’s new director of planning and development.

Sept. 30, 1987

Officials hope to reduce stadium bid

University of Mississippi officials are in the midst of negotiating with a Jackson company in hopes of reducing its bid on construction of the new baseball stadium to be built on campus.

Cost of construction of the stadium, locker rooms and installation of lights was estimated to hit $2.3 million. When bids were received, the low bid was $800,000 over the estimate.

Officials and the company are examining what can be omitted from the proposal to reduce the cost.