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Oxford City Council decided to postpone a vote on a possible mask mandate during its Jan. 4 meeting. Although not required to, most people at the meeting, including council, wore masks.
Oxford City Council delays indoor mask mandate vote
By Morgan Schneider January 7, 2022

Oxford City Council pushed the discussion of an emergency indoor mask mandate to the next council meeting, Jan. 18, after failing to move the issue to a vote this past Tuesday. Council accepted a report on a proposed ordinance from City Manager Doug...

Edna Southard, who stepped down after two terms on Oxford City Council, plans to travel and continue to volunteer around the city.
Edna Southard leaves council and legacy in city's arts community
By Alice Momany December 10, 2021

Tucked away in the bottom of Edna Southard’s wallet lies a crumpled piece of paper with the words “bucket list” scrawled across the top with numerous items crossed off, yet many still left to do. Luckily, her schedule is about to clear up.  For...

Oxford Police Chief John Jones says the department has been saving funds to cover the $35,000 contract.
Lexipol to help Oxford Police with policy updates
By Charis Whalen December 10, 2021

Starting in the new year, the Oxford Police Department is set to receive policy updates with the help of a business named Lexipol. The City Council approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a contract with the company in late November.   Oxford...

COVID-19
The mask mandate requiring all students, teachers, staff and visitors in Talawanda schools to be masked is to be lifted Jan. 10, the district says. For much of 2021, students such as Michelle Miao, a senior at Talawanda High School, had to wear masks in class.
Talawanda lifts mask requirement starting Monday
By Claire Sager January 7, 2022

Talawanda School District plans to lift its mask mandate Monday, Jan. 10, but continues to advise all students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated...

Cars began lining up at at 8:30 a.m. Friday for the drive-thru COVID-19 testing at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. The hospital plans to keep the center open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at least through January.
Hospital president discusses COVID-19 conditions, testing
By Morgan Schneider January 7, 2022

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital is bracing for a surge of COVID-19 cases as the new year goes on. Speaking Jan. 4 at the first Oxford City...

Oxford City Council decided to postpone a vote on a possible mask mandate during its Jan. 4 meeting. Although not required to, most people at the meeting, including council, wore masks.
Oxford City Council delays indoor mask mandate vote
By Morgan Schneider January 7, 2022

Oxford City Council pushed the discussion of an emergency indoor mask mandate to the next council meeting, Jan. 18, after failing to move the...

Miami and Oxford will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special virtual presentation on YouTube, 10 a.m. Monday.
Miami observes MLK Day with virtual event
By Abby Bammerlin January 14, 2022

Monday, Jan. 17 celebrates Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day and is a time for many to remember King and all that he accomplished for civil rights. The day also serves as a reminder of civil rights issues...

The Miami Jr. RedHawks, a local youth hockey team playing in this weekend’s Big Bear Hockey Tournament in Oxford, practicing on the ice at Goggin Ice Center.
Goggin Center hosts three-day youth hockey tournament
By Morgan Schneider January 14, 2022

Goggin Ice Center hosts The Bear Youth Hockey Tournament this weekend, running games from the evening of Jan. 14 through late Monday, Jan. 17. Twenty-four teams will compete in the tournament, with...

An artist’s rendition done for the City of Oxford in 2020 showing what the proposed Amtrak platform might look like. A detailed design is in progress.
Oxford Amtrak station project faces challenges
By Stella Beerman January 14, 2022

As Oxford faces unexpected roadblocks with the implementation of its Amtrak stop, the city continues to move forward with its plan for a new Amtrak station. Oxford’s Parking and Transportation Advisory...

The Talawanda Board of Education, left to right: David Bothast, Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, Chris Otto, Patrick Meade and Rebecca Howard.
Talawanda school board chooses new leadership
January 13, 2022
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