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Members of the gerrymandering panel (from left to right: Jen Miller, David Pepper, Miami professor and panel moderator John Forren, Robert Paduchik and Frank Stigari) engage in a heated discussion with each other and audience members during the Q&A session.
Republican claims ‘dark money’ in League of Women Voters at gerrymandering panel
By Marisa Kelley May 9, 2024

A Republican member on a panel about gerrymandering at Miami University-Hamilton was met with outrage — expressed through boos and Q&A statements — as he defended Ohio’s current legislative maps. Roughly 60 community members, professors and...

There are currently about 75 Airbnbs in Oxford, but due to a moratorium instated by Oxford City Council, the city is not permitting new Airbnbs.
City council considers measure that would require owners to live at bed and breakfasts
By Ryann Beaschler May 9, 2024

Oxford is preparing for one of its busiest weekends: Miami University graduation. As seniors buy red gowns and finish their last exams, their parents book weekend-long stays close to Oxford and as cheap as they can find.  Liz Janowiak is the mother...

Executive Director Sherry Martin and Board Secretary Suzy Hummel deliver their annual report to Oxford City Council on May 7.
Combined TOPSS and FRC to provide ‘wraparound service' to residents
By Riley Peters May 9, 2024

With the merger of Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services and Oxford’s Family Resource Center (FRC),  a stronger,  united organization will provide Oxford-area residents with new and improved services, as well as a new building on the TOPSS...

Oxford Commons apartment building located on the corner of Mcguffey Avenue and Tollgate Drive.
Oxford rental inspection reveals 16% failure rate over the last three years
By Jarred Watkins May 9, 2024

Each year the City of Oxford conducts rental inspections to ensure all properties are up to the local code, but nearly 16% of all properties inspected failed.  Rentals are inspected every 18 to 24 months, except for fraternity houses where inspections...

Shademaker’s is one of the five first round recipients of the Building Facade and Sustainability Grant awarded by the city of Oxford. The business will be adding a small park area near their “front-door” intersection of Collins and Spring, according to co-owner Doug Drake.
Businesses win grants to upgrade facades and sustainability efforts
By Jessica Opfer May 9, 2024

The city of Oxford awarded five local businesses with small grants to make their businesses more attractive and energy efficient. Winners of the first round of the grant are Moon Co-op, Shademakers Garden Center, SDS Pizza and Subs, Paesano’s Pasta...

Poppy, a local therapy dog.
Miami’s therapy dog program continues to benefit student wellbeing
By Katie Szekely May 9, 2024

On a rainy afternoon in Oxford, Poppy strolls into Miami University’s Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness Facility clad in a bright pink raincoat.  Poppy, a certified therapy dog with an Instagram account, can be found at the facility’s wellness...

The 2024 Miami softball team. The RedHawks ended the regular season 45-7 and kick off their postseason run on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Miami Athletics.
Ranked RedHawks: Miami softball kicks off postseason run
By Jack Mueller May 9, 2024

Miami softball has established itself as one of the best teams in the country. The RedHawks currently hold the #24 spot in the national rankings,...

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