Good cheer, good news and inspiring words

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Good cheer, good news and uplifting words highlight this edition of yesterday’s papers. Here are snippets from 2012, 2008, 2003, 1995 and 1994.

Dec. 26, 2012

Nourishing students’ bodies, brains

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Students in the Oxford School District will have healthier food options in the cafeteria thanks to a Farm to Schools grant.

The $38,145 grant was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the school district will add $13,346.

Two local producers are already on board, Woodson Ridge Farms and Yokna Bottoms Farm. The grant also funds a new training program focused on prep work in the kitchen.

Dec. 24, 2008

Caterpillar manufacturing company feels bite of bad economy

Caterpillar Inc. announced earlier this week that the current economic downtown has forced the manufacturer to cut jobs, salaries and examine factory closures, but the local plant manager believes it will survive.

“Our plant is a unique source of hydraulic couplings for the whole company,” manager Kevin Kempa said. “I don’t see anything that drastic happening in the near future.”

Dec. 23, 2003

Entrepreneurs venture into cyberspace

A handful of local entrepreneurs are stepping out into cyberspace to market their goods across the globe.

Tom Arriola sells forensic equipment to the public at Ron Shapiro sells T-shirts at Dick Waterman and Walt Mixon sell photos at

They allow people around the world to shop Oxford, and these Oxford residents are able to enjoy life in small town, yet specialize in products normally only a big city could support.

Dec. 22, 1995

Lost money returned in time for Christmas

A retired economist from Mississippi State University discovered he lost more than $3,000 in cash at Tad Smith Coliseum during a basketball game, but the spirit of Christmas prevailed.

His cash was a dividend check in an envelope wrapped in a bulletin from First Baptist Church of Newton.

Oxford resident Ken Daugherty stumbled across the bulletin, saw the cash and read the bulletin to try to determine whose money it was.

The money was back to its rightful owner six days before Christmas.

Dec. 28, 1994

Aldermen interview police chief candidates

Three finalists were up to bat for interviews Tuesday evening to replace outgoing Oxford Police Chief Billy White.

Oxford Police Maj. Steve Bramlett, OPD Lt. Richard Pompernick and University of Mississippi Police Chief Mike Stewart are three finalists. A fourth withdrew from consideration.

The Board of Aldermen received 10 applications and the top four were contacted for interviews.