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Descendants of two men lynched in Oxford in the 1800s help unveil a Reconciliation Marker, describing the murdered men’s stories, Monday, as part of the National Civil Rights Conference.
Miami hosts annual civil rights conference; City unveils marker
By Leanne Stahulak June 25, 2021

Miami University hosted the 10th annual National Civil Rights Conference in Oxford from June 20 through the 22, featuring several community-wide events focused on history, education and reconciliation. The conference centered on the theme "Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change." It was supposed to be held in Oxford last summer, but the pandemic postponed it until this year.  Miami...

Displays like this can be found in many local stores, offering the types of fireworks that you can legally set off by yourself in Ohio. For bigger bangs, try one of the public displays offered.
Independence Day weekend brings local fireworks and celebrations
By Chloe Price June 25, 2021

After the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence in 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, with a prediction on how the day would be celebrated in years to come: “It ought...

Kayaking, for people and their pets, is among many programs being offered at Hueston Woods State Park this summer.
Hueston Woods park resumes programs through Labor Day
By Chloe Price June 25, 2021

After the pandemic shut down many of its activities last year, Hueston Woods State Park resumes a variety of nature and aquatic programs to visitors this summer.  Starting in June and lasting until...

As of this week, fewer than 44% of Butler County residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations have gotten the shots.
America, Butler County fail to reach Biden’s vaccination goal
By Stella Beerman June 25, 2021

On March 11, President Biden released a statement, hoping to have 70% of American adults vaccinated by July 4. At a press release on Tuesday, The White House said it was expecting to fall short of that...

Oxford Community Development Director Sam Perry (upper left) proposed a new type of housing authority for the city at the June 21 online meeting of the city’s Housing Advisory Commission. Screenshot from the virtual meeting.
Commission discusses independent housing authority for Oxford
By Stella Beerman June 24, 2021

The City of Oxford is exploring the feasibility of a new housing authority to combat the city’s housing challenges.  At a Housing Advisory Commission (HAC) meeting  June 21, Oxford Community Development...

Oxford Police Chief John Jones pins the badge on Brooke Hartwig, newest officer on the city police force, at the June 15 meeting of city council.
OPD swears in IU graduate as newest officer
By Taj Simmons June 24, 2021

Brooke Hartwig, a graduate of Indiana University (IU) East and former caseworker with the Indiana Department of Child Services, is the newest...

Debra Bowles (left) and Crossan Curry at his art show at the Oxford Community Arts Center in 2014.
Community connects over resurfacing of local artist’s work
By Leanne Stahulak June 24, 2021

Many people in Oxford remember Crossan Curry as the Miami art professor whose gorgeous paintings decorate the walls of the Miami University Art...

Oxford Township Police Chief Michael Goins, who died Thursday.
Oxford Township police chief, former county deputy sheriff, dies
June 24, 2021

Oxford Township Police Chief Michael Goins died at his Oxford area home Thursday morning, according to a Facebook posting by the Oxford Police...

Oxford Observer will go on its annual July hiatus, will return Aug. 6
June 25, 2021

The Oxford Observer goes on its annual July vacation next week, so this is the last edition you will  see until we resume publication on Friday,...

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