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Miami nursing student Mike Croy, a sophomore nursing student at Miami Hamilton,  helps administer vaccinations to students and faculty.
Miami nursing students administer Miami's COVID-19 vaccines
By Taj Simmons May 6, 2021

After serving 17 years and being deployed to three overseas tours with the United States Marine Corps, 40-year-old sophomore nursing major Ray Fitzpatrick traded in his military garb for nursing scrubs to help administer more than 1,300 COVID-19 vaccinations to the Miami University community.  “There’s...

City council eases the local restrictions on COVID-19  on outdoor gatherings but  leaves the mask requirements in place.
Oxford amends mass outdoor gathering ban just before graduation
May 6, 2021

Oxford took a step toward pre-pandemic normalcy this week, when City Council modified its mass-gathering ordinance regarding outdoor events.  Mass gatherings of 10 or more unrelated people outdoors are now allowed. The city’s ordinance continues to prohibit indoor gatherings of 10 or more people...

Three weeks of summer school start June 1, at Talawanda High School.
Talawanda to offer virtual summer school
By Rebecca Smith May 6, 2021

Talawanda School District will have a virtual three-week summer school for high school students beginning Tuesday, June 1.  The school will...

Future Great Comics owner Brian Levick is thrilled to bring his store to Oxford.
Comics store opens in Oxford
By Lauren Blitstein May 6, 2021

It’s not every day that a life-size Pikachu character is spotted on High Street in Oxford. On May 1, the Pokémon character stood in front...

Oxford City Council nominates 33 people to be on the steering committee that will develop “The Oxford Tomorrow Plan,” which will be designed to guide development and strategic goals for Oxford for the next decade.
Oxford City Council selects committee to develop 10-year plan
By Bridget Bonanni May 6, 2021

The City of Oxford is set to begin work on a long-term comprehensive development plan to guide it through the next decade. Thirty-three people...

Phyllis Joan Ayers spent 61 years serving meals to “her kids,” in Miami’s Martin Dining Hall.
Longtime Miami food service worker leaves legacy of caring
By Luke Helton May 6, 2021

Phyllis Joan Ayers spent 61 years making sure “her kids” were well fed in Miami University’s  dining halls. Ayers, 91, of Oxford, died...

DJ Renee Huffman (holding a green squirt gun), is considered a local legend by many Miami students. She cleans, she chauffeurs and she knows how to work a crowd as a DJ.
DJ Renee is an Oxford legend to Miami students
By Brad Donaldson May 6, 2021

Renee Huffman, known in the community as DJ Renee, has been like an Oxford mom to Miami University students for decades. Being slightly unorganized...

Herndon and her violin in 2014.
86-year-old Miami alumnae teaches violin to generations of Oxford children
By Michelle Miao May 6, 2021

Lucy Herndon has played the violin for nearly eight decades and has taught generations of Oxford children to play -- and she has no intention...

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