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Oxford tries new things, gets new opportunities

A variety of items were reported in this week’s segment of yesterday’s papers from 2012, 2002, 1996, 1990 and 1981.

Jan. 6, 2012

City leaders host listening session

Mayor Pat Patterson and Ward 1 Alderman Ney Williams decided to use food to engage residents.

A lunch meeting was the first of its kind as the officials talked over issues facing Oxford and its neighborhoods with 10 residents who attended.

“It’s an experiment of sorts,” Patterson said. “If it goes well, we will do this for all the wards.”

Jan. 7, 2002

Recycling Center accepting plastics

The Oxford-Lafayette Recycling Center is now accepting certain types of plastics for recycling.

Thanks to a recent expansion of the center, which is located at the Oxford Landfill off Pea Ridge Road, the center now has more room for the materials.

It can now take No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, which are drink bottles and milk jugs, mainly.

Jan 5, 1996

City establishes probation period for fire, police

A new year-long probationary period for future hires to Oxford’s police and fire departments goes into effect tomorrow.

The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted to implement the plan, which was drafted by the departments’ chiefs. It will cause new employees to be paid less each pay period until their year mark. Department leaders said it rewards longevity with the department and gives time to evaluate the service new hires offer.

Jan. 5, 1990

NMRLS plans to fight ban

The federally funded North Mississippi Rural Legal Services in Oxford is fighting a regulation restricting it from taking on political redistricting cases.

The legal aid service for the poor has joined legal aid providers in Texas and California to bring suit against Legal Services Corp.

The corporation implemented a regulation that prohibits its funding recipients from being involved in political redistricting.

Jan. 7, 1981

Board accepts final Industrial Park audit

A final audit on the Industrial Park has been prepared and was accepted at the Board of Aldermen meeting.

The total cost of the project is $685,577.89, which was about $15,000 under the anticipated cost.

Ben Smith, director of planning and development, reported that a little more than $35,000 was left in the Farmers Home Administration segment of the funding and that can be spent on further development of the park.