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Filming is underway for Sylvester Stallone film, ‘Alarum’ in Oxford
Filming is underway for Sylvester Stallone film, ‘Alarum’ in Oxford
By Anaka Bretzke February 22, 2024

A film crew that has been filming around a prop plane crash in Hueston Woods State Park will be shooting in Uptown Oxford beginning this weekend and continuing through March 2. The film, “Alarum,” will star Sylvester Stallone.  Filming on Feb....

Oxford chief of police John Jones.
Citizens call for transparency from city in use of force incident
By Alice Momany February 22, 2024

Oxford’s law director expects it will be about three weeks before the legal team, hired by the city, completes its review of both the city’s use of force policy and “errors” in the police investigation of an officer hitting a Miami football player...

Newcomer Diane Mullins (left) challenges incumbent Sara Carruthers (middle) for Ohio’s House of Representatives district 47 seat in the Republican primary March 19. The Republican nominee will face unopposed Democrat Vanessa Cummings (right) in the general election Nov. 5. Photos provided by Ohio House of Representatives, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Pastors run against incumbent Sara Carruthers in Ohio House race
By Venessa Konadu February 22, 2024

Rev. Diane Mullins, pastor of Calvary Church pastor in Hamilton, is challenging Ohio House of Representatives 47th District incumbent Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) in the Republican primary on March 19. The winner will face the Democratic nominee, Rev....

Mark Morgan (left) and Candice Keller (center) will challenge the incumbent, Sen. George Lang (right), in the Republican Primary on March 19 for the Ohio Senate 4th District seat. The Republican nominee will face the unopposed Democrat, Thomas Cooke, in the general election on Nov. 5. Photos provided by Ohio Senate, Mark Morgan and Candice Keller.
Two challenge incumbent in GOP state senate primary
By Jessica Opfer February 22, 2024

Three Republican candidates will face off on March 19  to represent the party on the ballot in November for the Ohio Senate 4th District seat.  The incumbent, Sen. George Lang (R-West Chester), of West Chester, is opposed by former Washington, D.C....

Oxford Police Chief John Jones explains the police jurisdictions of Oxford to the participants of the Academy. Photo by Graham Bearman
Ever wondered how to solve a cold case? OPD takes citizens to school
By Jack Mueller February 22, 2024

A variety of motives inclined 11 community members to participate in the Oxford Police Department’s 24th annual Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week course that includes investigating a cold case and a demonstration of police special operations.  Dan...

Overdose emergency kit located in King Library next to the information desk.
Anti-opioid program to expand beyond Oxford
By Venessa Konadu February 22, 2024

Significant strides have been made in combating the opioid epidemic in the Oxford area, members of the city council were told at a meeting on Feb. 20. Amy Macechko, health and wellness coordinator for Talawanda School District and director of the Coalition...

Police posted pictures of suspects on Facebook earlier this week to solve the most recent shoplifting case at Walmart.
OPD uses Facebook to solve shoplifting cases
By Sophie Taylor February 22, 2024

In light of recent shoplifting at Walmart, the Oxford Police Department has posted pictures to identify suspects on their Facebook page. Walmart employees are not allowed to stop shoplifters from walking out the door, according to Jim Snyder, a stocking...

Miami University surplus auction draws crowd in Indiana
Miami University surplus auction draws crowd in Indiana
By Jack Schmelzinger February 22, 2024

Mike Campbell stands behind the auctioneer’s podium looking out at a gaggle of people holding tickets. He’s surrounded by electronics equipment from motherboards to microscopes and audio mixers. Campbell is auctioning items in a Miami University...

Newcomer pitcher Lukas Galdoni fires off a pitch on the mound at University of South Carolina. Photo by University of South Carolina Athletics.
RedHawks baseball begins season with new head coach
By Sam Bechert and Ted Brennan February 22, 2024

After parting ways with former head coach Danny Hayden following nine seasons, Miami University baseball knew it needed to make a change. The...

Junior Nishitha Saravanan prepares to serve in the 2023 MAC Championship versus Toledo. Photo by Miami University Athletics.
Experienced RedHawks tennis roster hopes to serve up postseason success
By Hayley Luby and Ian Do February 22, 2024

With its tennis season already in full swing, the Miami RedHawks are preparing to wrap up a challenging out-of-conference schedule, before embarking...

Talawanda junior Kylie Cobb swings at the plate last season. Photo taken by Kaelyn Wright.
Talawanda softball seeks first SWOC championship despite roster overhaul
By Maddie Croucher and Ayden Wacker February 22, 2024

A 2024 Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC) championship title for the Talawanda softball team would be the first in school history.  Changes...

Two swimmers headed to state, wrestling third in conference
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Two swimmers headed to state, wrestling third in conference
February 22, 2024
Miami trustees updated on fundraising progress
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Miami trustees updated on fundraising progress
February 22, 2024
Health inspectors cite restaurants with nine critical violations
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Health inspectors cite restaurants with nine critical violations
February 22, 2024
LaToya Ruby Frazier is a visual artist who specializes in intersectionality in race, environmentalism, social justice and industrialization. Photo courtesy of Miami University Humanities Center.
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Documentary on environmental racism at Miami art museum
February 22, 2024
OPD responds to suspected shots fired, break-in and assault
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OPD responds to suspected shots fired, break-in and assault
February 22, 2024
OXFORD PD
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MUPD responds to multiple fire alarms and medical assists
February 22, 2024
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