Friday, October 18th, 2019

Ohio Democratic debate draws locals to watch party

Oxford residents attended a party at LaRosa's to watch the 12 candidates who want to be the Democratic nominee for president debate at Otterbein University near Columbus. The event organizers were happy to have a good crowd at the party, where residents watched the three-hour debate on a big-screen TV.

Forum hosts candidates for city, school board, township elections

The League of Women Voters hosted the candidates for city council, board of education, and trustees at the Knolls of Oxford. About 100 people attended the event, where the candidates spoke in small groups about the issues that are most important to them.
Schwab Family Farm

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Michael and Julie Schwab were raised in Oxford and have been operating their family farm market just outside of town for the past six years. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Michael, Julie and their six children run the operation along with help from Michael’s father, Dave Schwab. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

The Schwab family horse is on duty at the market and is happy to eat out of a customer’s hand.  Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Ebony the llama and Penny the donkey are the main attractions of the petting zoo at the Schwab Family Farm Market. And they are always ready to pose for selfies. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Jason and Robin Abbitt and family, raise bees and honey, among other things at their Abbitt Family Farm near Oxford, and were selling their sweet stuff in a booth at the Schwab’s Fall Fling last weekend. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Son A.J. Schwab (on the tractor) led the barrel train ride around the fields last weekend at the Schwab Family Farm Fall Fling. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Members of the No Bull Pulling Team demonstrated the power of a lawn tractor by pulling enormous loads in a tractor pull demonstration. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

And of course there were pumpkins! What would a farm’s Fall Fling be without a pile of everyone’s favorite orange vegetable? Photo by Lauren Shassere

TriHealth gains total ownership of McCullough-Hyde

TriHealth is investing $7 million toward improvements to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital after gaining full ownership in a new agreement. TriHealth is a Cincinnati-based health service network that previously owned 60 percent of the Oxford hospital.

Library hosts author of book about 'Bourbon King'

On Oct. 21, author and professor Bob Batchelor will speak about his new book “The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius.” The event will be at the Oxford Lane Library and is hosted by the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library.

Uptown festival showcases Asian culture, cuisine, performances

The Asian American Association and Bangladesh Student Association will host the annual Asian Cultural Festival at Uptown Park Friday, Oct. 18.

Weekend brings Miami families, economic impact to Oxford

Family Weekend is one of the five impact weekends in Oxford, bringing families and friends of Miami students to town. The city and university have events and activities planned for family fun from Friday to Sunday.
Ohio's Poet

Poet discovers poetry that seems to be God’s divine language

Cleveland Poet, Dave Lucas, writes a thought-provoking column about language from religion.

News Briefs

Howl at the moon with the Oxford Community Arts Center

Oxford Community Arts Center hosts its sixth annual Howl at the Moon: A Spooky Family Arts Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The community-friendly event at the arts center, 10 S. College Ave., will include an artist, craft and vendor fair in the main ballroom. It will also have a haunted house, games, face-painting, cider and snacks.

The event is free and open to the public. The various activities will be hosted by volunteers from the community and Miami student organizations. An animal display will allow participants to experience barn owls, snakes and other critters close up.

For additional information contact the offices at 513-524-8506, email info@oxarts.org, or visit the website at www.oxarts.org

Miami has public skate night at Goggin Ice Center

Miami will have public skating from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at  Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St.

General admission is $9.25; $8 for high school students and younger; and $5.75 if you have a student ID. Skates may be rented at the center for $3.50.


Miami sports raise awareness for cancer this Family Weekend


Miami athletics are in full swing this weekend for Family Weekend. It’s also Cancer Awareness weekend to raise awareness for cancer research and raise funds for patients and families through Swoop’s Stoop at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Oct. 18

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Field Hockey vs Longwood, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and Diving at Zip Classic, Akron, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Cross Country/Track at Cardinal Classic, Muncie, Indiana, 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs Eastern Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Soccer at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey vs Ferris State, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 19

Swimming and Diving at Zip Classic, Akron, Ohio

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Cross Country/Track at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Indiana, 11 a.m.

Football vs Northern Illinois University, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.

Hockey vs Ferris State, Oxford, Ohio, 8 p.m.


Oct. 20

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida

Soccer at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.


Oct. 21

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida


Oct. 24

Soccer vs Ohio, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Football team to support cancer awareness

The Miami RedHawks football team will host Northern Illinois Sat., Oct. 19 as a part of Family Weekend. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium.

Last Saturday, Miami (2-4) lost to Western Michigan (4-3) 38-16 at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The RedHawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Broncos scored 21 in the second quarter and never looked back. Offensively, the RedHawks were led by Jaylon Bester who had 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and James Maye who had five catches for 76 yards. Last week, Northern Illinois (2-4) beat Ohio 39-36.

Miami players’ chose ribbons for their helmets denoting the fights against various cancers as part of Cancer Awareness Weekend. Photo provided by the Miami Athletic Department

Last season, Miami beat Northern Illinois 13-7. This weekend is cancer awareness weekend for Miami athletics. Funds are being raised to support patients and families through Swoop’s Stoop at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. For the second year, the football team will be wearing unique helmets that will feature a colored ribbon of their choice to symbolize how they’ve been affected by cancer.

The helmets and uniform will be shown on ESPN’s “Geared Up” segment this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Free Goat Yoga session this Saturday

Reserve Run Family Farm offers a free Goat Yoga session from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the farm’s barn, 2850 Lanes Mill Road, Oxford.

Led by coach Jaimie Ross, the session will include a 45 minute yoga class and 15 minutes of interaction with the goats.

Reserve Run limits the course to 20 participants, to ensure everyone has enough space and time to interact with the goats.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hope Solo: A champion for change, equality

The national women’s soccer player spoke at Miami this week as part of the University Lecture Series. She is fighting for women’s players to have equal pay and opportunities and is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation. During her visit she also signed autographs and mingled with fans, saying she hopes to inspire the next generation of athletes to continue the fight for change.

Democratic debate in Ohio next week to highlight top 12 candidates

The Butler County Democratic Party is hosting another watch party at LaRosa’s Pizzeria Tuesday to watch the next debate over who will become the Democratic candidate. The Ohio debate will be at Otterbein University. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are the two front-runners, with Bernie Sanders in third place.

Lakota, Talawanda districts implement new safety measures

With more than 61 mass shootings on school grounds across the nation, local school districts are taking preventative measures. Talawanda created a safety committee that includes emergency services, law enforcement, key staff and the Butler County School Emergency Director. The classrooms have also been updated with blacked out window covers and new entry and exit card readers that have been added in the past year.

Kettering Health breaks ground for medical building

The new $4.5 million building will include services of gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology. This may be only the start of Kettering Health Network in Oxford as they look to expand with changing health care.

Resident fights ash borers with Chinese wasps

Oxford resident, John Kinne is looking to eliminate emerald ash borers by importing Chinese wasps. The emerald ash borer has devastated ash trees all over the nation. The Ohio Division of Forestry which is part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources assisted Kinne during August with the distribution of two species of the Chinese wasp on his property.

Police arrest local teen after shooting in a drug deal gone wrong

Police charged Benjamin Thomas Hizer II  with felonious assault and aggravated robbery. He was arrested a day after police said he shot a 17-year-old boy. Hizer is currently in Butler County Jail and the victim is at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to recover. Police said the shooting may have been linked to a drug deal.
OBITUARY

Jack Reilly, psychologist in Oxford for 40 years, dies at age 77

The Vietnam War veteran created a series of guided audio programs to help people overcome test-taking, speech-making and sleep anxiety. He will be remembered by his family for his support and his many hobbies, which included music, golf, bird-watching, gardening and cooking.

News Briefs

Miami Art Museum to host Day of the Dead celebration

The Miami University Art Museum will host a Day of the Dead celebration Tuesday, Oct. 15, to coincide with one of the museum’s current exhibitions – Life Cycles: Death Exhibition.

This exhibition features pieces of art representing death and memorial traditions of more than 20 cultures, including the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday, traditionally celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. The holiday involves family and friends gathering to pay tribute to a lost friend or family member in support of their spiritual journey. The celebration was depicted in the animated Disney Pixar movie "Coco."

An essential part of the holiday is the ofrenda, a collection of objects placed on a ritual display. These objects can include food, photos, flowers and calaveras de azúcar which are colorful skull heads made out of sugar set as decorations.

A presentation from Imix Hernandez De la Rosa, a Miami Spanish instructor who will talk about the reality and myths of the holiday will be at 6 p.m. The celebration will follow at the Miami Art Museum and will include food, music and face painting.

Miami Employee Benefits and Wellness offers free blood pressure checks

Free blood pressure checks are available from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in room 128 D of McGuffey Hall, on the Miami University campus.

Checks will be performed by students who have been trained by the university’s benefits and wellness team. No registration is needed and the checks are free, quick and confidential.

Miami Film Studies, Farmers Market screen farm documentary

A free screening of the film, “Biggest Little Farm,” will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in room 001 of Upham Hall on the Miami University Campus.

The 2018 film, is a personal documentary that follows couple John and Molly Chester through failures and successes as they make 200 acres of desolate scrub outside of Los Angeles bloom into a successful, sustainable farm. The independent film was shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals last year.

The showing is hosted by the Miami Film Studies program in collaboration with the Oxford Farmers Market.

Miami hosts lecture on perfecting the perfect cup of joe

Want to know what really goes into creating your morning cup of coffee?  Ivette Perfecto of the University of Michigan will tell you all about it in a free public lecture from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in room 128 of Pearson Hall on the Miami University campus.

Perfecto’s talk is Miami’s annual Roger E. Wilson Lecture in botany.

Perfecto is the co-author of “Coffee Agroecology: a new approach to understanding agricultural biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable development.”

RedHawks face Western Michigan in second MAC matchup


The Miami RedHawks football team will travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan, Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on the Western Michigan Broncos.

In the RedHawks’ last game two weeks ago, Miami (2-3) beat Buffalo (2-3) 34-20 at Yager Stadium. Buffalo jumped out to a 14-3 lead before Miami scored 31 unanswered points. 

Offensively, the RedHawks were led by Jaylon Bester who had 24 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Mike Brown had two interceptions for the RedHawks, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Last year, Miami lost 40-39 to Western Michigan. The game will be the RedHawks second in  Mid-American Conference play. Western Michigan lost to Toledo 31 -24 last Saturday.

Kickoff is at noon at Waldo Stadium.



Miami University weekly sports schedule

Miami University sports will have the following schedule Oct. 11-17:

Oct. 11

Field hockey at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Ice hockey vs. New Hampshire, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 12

Football at Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12 p.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Michigan State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Cincinnati, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois., 7 p.m.

Ice hockey vs New Hampshire, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 13

Field hockey vs. Virginia, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Soccer at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois, 3 p.m.


Oct. 14

Baseball vs. Western Carolina, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.


Oct. 17

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Fraternity members face charges from hazing incident

Butler County Grand Jury referred the case against Delta Tau Delta brothers to the Oxford Area Court. Charges include assault and hazing, which are both misdemeanors. Some of the 18 students will face multiple counts of each.

Police report new scams targeting students, adults in Oxford

It is recommended to not answer calls from unknown numbers or give money to organizations that have not been verified. Scammers are targeting the elderly and students in telecommunications scams and asking for money/gift cards in exchange for identity theft protection.

Miami names soccer venue Bobby Kramig Field for former coach

Former Miami soccer coach Bobby Kramig was inducted into the Cradle of the Coaches  for his decorated coaching career and last week the university named the soccer field after him. Kramig guided both the men’s and women’s soccer programs to multiple titles and helped launch community soccer programs in Oxford.    

Uptown bars party with a nod to the environment

Businesses in Oxford have started using paper straws, or no straws at all to become more environmentally conscious. However, rates of commercial recycling in town are still low and more could be done. Students also are taking a closer look at lowering their carbon footprint.
Groundbreaking

Construction for Phase II of Oxford Area Trail System underway

Phase II of the Oxford Area Trail System broke ground this week and will connect Coal Ash path off of Ohio Route 73 near DeWitt cabin and travel under the highway and behind Miami’s Western campus, and under US 27 to end at Peffer Park. The phase will cover about 1.3 miles, and will cost the city $2.3 million. This 10 year trail project will eventually encircle the entire city of Oxford.

Community, students enjoy the paved trails around Oxford

People of all ages bike and hike on the first phase of the accessible Oxford Area Trails.

Beekeeper painting disappears from campus cottage

In 2011, a painting of Lorenzo Langstroth (a bee-keeping legend) went missing from the Langstroth Cottage. Now, eight years later, it’s still missing and it doesn’t seem like people care to find it, even though it has a lot of historical significance.

Miami plans to change employee healthcare provider in 2020

Miami University will make the switch from United Medical Resources (UMR) to Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in 2020 for employee healthcare. The university said the networks have 99.2% match in coverage, though some faculty and staff fear there may be gaps in coverage. Open  enrollment will continue through Oct. 31.
Travel

Kosovo tourism keeps the artful craft of making silver filigree jewelry and decor alive

A Miami student studying abroad writes about filigree,  an art form that requires intense focus and training to form and shape metal strands together to make jewelry and other decorative pieces. The craft comes from the Balkans and is a part of Kosovo tourism.

News Briefs

Soccer star to speak about equality in sports

On Monday, Oct. 7, Soccer star Hope Solo and Paul Daugherty, columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, will speak at Miami University’s Hall Auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., as part of the University Lecture Series. 

The lecture, “Fight Like a Girl: The Quest for Equality,” will feature Solo, who is a champion for change in soccer and the world as a whole.

Solo retired from professional soccer in 2016 with the most international appearances (202) and shutouts (102) in women’s professional soccer history. She led the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to the Olympic Gold medal in 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA women’s World Cup in 2015.

Daugherty, author of Fair Game, a collection of his sports columns, has been a sports columnist for the Enquirer since 1994. The 2013 winner of the best newspaper sports columnist and best sports feature writer in the country, according to the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has covered five Summer Olympics and numerous other sporting events.

Ticket distribution began Oct. 2 for the Miami Community and Oct. 4 for the general public. Tickets are free.

League of Women Voters of Oxford host candidates' forum

The League of Women Voters of Oxford hosts a candidates’ forum for those running for offices on Oxford City Council, Talawanda Board of Education and trustees and fiscal officers in Oxford, Hanover, Milford and Reily Townships, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at the Knolls of Oxford, 6727 Contreras Road.

Candidates will give short introductions and then spend time at attendee tables answering questions. The event is free and open to the public.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Miami University weekly sports schedule

Oct. 4

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Cross Country/Track at Joe Piane Invitational, South Bend, Indiana

Volleyball vs Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Soccer at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 7 p.m.

Baseball vs Sinclair Community College (Exhibition), Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Softball vs Northern Kentucky, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and Diving vs Akron (W), Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs Akron, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Oct. 6

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

Field Hockey vs No. 20 Wake Forest, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Soccer at Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Hockey vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Oct. 7

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

Oct. 8

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Eric, Wisconsin

Oct. 9

Softball vs Cedarville, Oxford, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Oct. 10

Soccer vs Western Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Kettering breaks ground for new medical building in Oxford

Groundbreaking for a $4.5 million medical building from Kettering Health Network is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4137 Millville Oxford Road.

The center, which is affiliated with Fort Hamilton Hospital, will be about 12,000 square feet. It will have outpatient services including gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology. The facility will have five primary care providers on staff.

According to a release from Kettering, the center is expected to create 20 jobs for physicians, registrations, medical imagers and nurses. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2020.

Clothesline Project brings attention to violence

The annual Clothesline Project to bring attention to the issue of violence against women, children and men, is on display Friday, Oct. 4, on the grass behind Roudebush Hall on Miami’s Central Academic Quad.

The Clothesline Project is a nationwide effort that began on Cape Cod when a group of women hanging their laundry to dry realized that while 58,000 American soldiers died in Vietnam, 51,000 women died during the same period as victims of domestic violence. The displays, being put up all around the country, are T-shirts on clotheslines. Each shirt bears a message from or about a case of such violence.

Clotheslines with T-shirts bearing messages against violence are strung around Miami’s Central Quad. Photo by Yumeng Shen

The displays are done in October to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Miami’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is putting up the display on campus. 

The same area also has displays of national data on sexual harassment between men and women and transgender people, called The Barriers Project.

The Barriers Project is concerned with attempted rape, unfair sentences of sexual assault and insensitive questions about victims of such crimes.

Audubon Miami Valley hosts its 41st annual birdseed sale

The 41st annual Audubon Miami Valley birdseed sale is underway to benefit environmental education and to help our feathered friends get through the winter.

Online order forms can be downloaded from AMVohio.org. Order pickup dates are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Shademaker Nursery and Landscape, 7525 Fairfield Road, Oxford

Friday, September 27th, 2019
Politics

Ohio congressmen react to impeachment inquiry

United States Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Rep. Warren Davidson released statements as a result of  this week’s launch of impeachment investigations against President Donald Trump by the House Democrats.  "We have a responsibility to find out exactly what happened," Brown said. "The Democrat's impeachment inquiry will distract Congress from the bipartisan legislative work we should be doing," Portman said.

Miami Poli Sci chair outlines process to remove a president

Professor  says the U.S House impeaches and the Senate decides whether or not to remove the president from office.

Students create nutritious recipes for food pantry

Miami University students are cooking up nutritious recipes for Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS) to serve to customers, encourage healthy eating, and help the community. Dietetic students have been partnering with the food pantry since 2007 by working with students to help complete their field experience.

Bird scooters may be migrating back to Oxford

Oxford may soon have two more e-scooter companies vying for space on the city streets, according to Economic Development Director Alan Kyger. VeoRide is not worried about the potential competitive market against Lime and maybe Bird. VeoRide has portable rechargeable batteries that could keep the scooters on the streets longer.

Crawford hesitant to sign Climate Leadership agreement

President Crawford has not signed the commitment that was created by a group of college presidents. Crawford has been considering signing on to the commitment but also is weighing whether a plan tailored to Miami  would be better for the university.  Oxford has signed onto a climate commitment plan for cities.

MOON Co-op supports local farms, environment

The Oxford store sells locally-sourced products to help those who do "the right thing for the earth and for their animals" while contributing to Oxford's sustainability goals. The store is run by a group of passionate board members who will have an annual meeting Oct. 3.

Exercise, spend time with puppies at hike-a-thon

A fundraiser for Paws for a Cause this Saturday will include hiking in the Miami University Natural Areas. The group is raising funds to provide a partner dog for a local child. The student group helps with the socialization of service dogs for people in need.
Travel

Miami  study abroad student compares nightlife in Oxford to Kosovo

International studies  major compares Oxford’s student nightlife with what she experienced in the Balkan country this summer. In Prishtina, religion plays a factor in students' decision to drink moderately, while in Oxford the drinking culture is often partying to excess.

News Briefs

Miami RedHawks sports head into league play

The games keep coming as Miami University sports are in full swing the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. Here’s a look at the week ahead for the RedHawks.

Sept. 27

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, IN

Field Hockey at Appalachian State, Boone, N.C., 3 p.m.

Soccer vs Eastern Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28

Cross Country/Track at All-Ohio Championships, Cedarville, Ohio

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

Cross Country/Track at Buckeye Invitational, Columbus, Ohio, 9 a.m.

Football vs University of Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Softball vs Wright State, Columbus, Ohio, 12:45 p.m.

Softball vs Ashland, Columbus, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Volleyball at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Sept. 29

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

Soccer vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Field Hockey at Davidson, Davidson, N.C., 1 p.m.

Sept. 30

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 1

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 3

Field Hockey vs Towson, Houston, Texas, 8 p.m.


Relive high school glory days at '80s themed prom

If you missed your high school prom during the 1980s, or just want to relive that special night, the McGuffey Montessori School and The Oxford Community of Arts Center are hosting a prom for adults, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The 80s-themed prom will be held at the Oxford Community of Arts Center, 10 S College Ave., giving participants a chance to show off their neon colors and big hair.

A cash bar, balloon arch and your favorite 80’s hits will be part of this nostalgic night. A raffle with prize giveaways will also be included.

The prom will go until 11 p.m., and those who attend must be 21 and older. The admission price is $45 per person with one free drink included. Tickets are available through the prom’s Facebook page.

After Ohio State loss, Miami Redhawks football hosts Buffalo

The Miami RedHawks football team will play the University of Buffalo Saturday, Sept. 28 with a noon kickoff at Yager Stadium.

Last week, Miami (1-3) lost to Ohio State (4-0) 76-5 at Ohio Stadium in front of a crowd of 103,190, the Ohio State Athletic Department reported. The RedHawks started the game fast and picked up a couple of first downs before punting and pinning Ohio State in its own 2-yard line. Two plays later, Myles Reid forced a fumble on Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the backfield that went through the back of the end zone to go up 2-0. Later in the quarter, Miami tacked on a 21-yard field goal by Sam Sloman after a 14-play drive which saw Miami end up on Ohio State’s 2-yard line. Ohio State then scored 76 unanswered points.

The game will start Mid-American Conference play for both teams. Buffalo (2-2) beat Temple 38-22 last Saturday. Last season, Buffalo finished first nin the Mid-American Conference east with a 10-4 record (7-1 in the MAC) while Miami finished tied for second with a 6-6 record (6-2 in the MAC).

The Hueston Woods Halloween Festival returns this weekend

The Hueston Woods Halloween Festival will be for three consecutive weekends starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

The Festival is n the park at 6301 Park Office Road. Friday nights will begin with a movie followed by a haunted trail from 8-11 p.m. On Saturdays, a Campers’ Stew will be hosted by the Friends of Hueston Woods. Participants are asked to bring a can of vegetables to add to the communal soup pot. 

Games, crafts, costume contests, trick-or-treating and Monster Mash dancing will be part of the fun for the three weekends. 

The festival is open to the public, tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children participating in the 7-8 p.m. no-scare festivities.

Get into the fall spirit at the annual Apple Butter Festival

The 55th annual Apple Butter Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 5 and 6 at Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Road, Oxford.

Apple butter-making demonstrations will be from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The festival will also have children’s activities, live music, crafts, spinning and weaving, fall produce.

Admission is $4 for adults free for children 12 and under.

Proceeds from this event support the preservation and educational activities of the Oxford Museum Association.

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Butler County announces first vaping illness

Doctors report cases of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping all over the country, including in Ohio and Butler County. The Ohio Department of Health is  investigating 22 more cases that could be related to vaping/e-cigarettes. The Butler County patient did not purchase the vaping product in Ohio. The United States has 450 confirmed cases of lung-related illness across 33 states.

Talawanda school district receives C grade on state report card

The Talawanda City School District dropped a whole letter grade on the Ohio Department of Education’s report card. The report card ranks Ohio school district’s overall performance by letter grade, and grades different categories to measure success in different academic areas. Talawanda officials say the state grades is one of several measures of success it uses.

Redhawks take on No. 6 Buckeyes for the first time in seven years

RedHawks travel to Columbus for a nice pay check and powerhouse competition when they face off against the Buckeyes. Miami heads into this weekends game being a 40 point underdog to No. 6 ranked Ohio State.

Electric scooters are here to stay

The city of Oxford has passed a permanent program to allow for Lime scooters to stay in Oxford. Scooters will be turned off and removed from the streets at night to help keep students safe. The city hopes their new plan, called Micro-Mobility Shared Transportation Program, will aid in its sustainability efforts.

Service group repurposes items for those in need

The Revamp Service Organization works to help the people and animals of the Oxford area by creating useful projects from repurposed junk. The goal for this year is to raise money for holiday gifts for local youths and to improve the group's relationship with local animal shelters.

Oxford celebrates 14th annual UniDiversity Festival

This Friday the annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival is set to kick off with live music, food and traditional dancing. The festival is expecting upward of 1,500 people to attend the event. Oxford has proclaimed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month.
Building Boom

Miami: Board of Trustees approves new health science building

Miami approved funding for the planning of a new health science center building, with construction and completion to be by 2022. This new building will include the health services center, nursing programs, physicians assistant programs, and speech pathology and audiology programs.

Oxford: Development will bring 25 new single family homes

The unanimous vote approved the construction of the new subdivision of South Farm Development LLC at the west end of Roberts Drive. The cluster development is designed for young professional and empty-nesters.

News Briefs

Students strike to get University to take stand on environment

About 300 Miami University students and faculty as well as community members marched through campus Friday afternoon in protest to call attention to climate change. The group went from President Gregory Crawford' s house on High Street to the Marcum Center where the Board of Trustees was meeting.  

Hundreds of students protested Friday on Miami's campus to get the attention of President Crawford to encourage him to sign on to the University President's Climate Leadership Commitment. Photo by Sarah Siff.

The Oxford demonstration was one of more than 3,500 demonstrations happening around the world Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike. The Oxford protesters specifically were asking that Crawford sign on to the University President’s Climate Leadership Commitment, according to Cassie Conrad, a Miami student who was one of the organizers of the event and is the president of the Student Group Zero Waste Oxford organization.

Friday’s strike occurred three days before the scheduled United Nations Summit on Climate Change, in New York.

Talawanda Middle School annual craft fair funds field trip to zoo

Talawanda Middle School will have its fourth annual Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The show, held at the school, 4030 Oxford Reily Road, has free admission and will feature 50 vendors selling crafts, antiques, food and holiday decorations. This year’s event will include a silent auction, followed by a raffle with eight prize winners, according to the school.

“The show was created so we could create a fundraiser that would allow us to give the seventh-graders an opportunity to have a field trip, since the sixth and eighth-graders get field trips,” said Lori Garver, a language arts teacher at the school.

All the proceeds go toward this year’s seventh-grade field trip to the Columbus Zoo.

Miami Redhawks have busy schedule this coming week

The games keep coming as Miami University sports are in full swing the week of Sept. 20-26. Here’s a look at the week ahead for the RedHawks.

Sept. 20

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Volleyball vs. Dayton, Columbus, Ohio, noon.

Field Hockey vs. Ball State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Soccer vs. Xavier, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Swimming and Diving at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5 p.m.

Swimming and Diving vs. United States Naval Academy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Illinois State, Columbus, Ohio, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 21

Football at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Swimming and Diving at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 10 a.m.

Swimming and Diving vs. United States Naval Academy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 10 a.m.

Cross Country/Track vs. RedHawk Rumble, Oxford, Ohio, 10 a.m.

Sept. 22

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Field Hockey vs. No. 11 Northwestern, Oxford, Ohio, noon.

Sept. 23

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sept. 26

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California.

E. College Corner festival includes chicken dinner, classic cars, beer garden

The West College Corner and Liberty Volunteer fire departments, have a chicken dinner festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the firehouse, 112 Union St., West College Corner, Indiana.

In addition to the dinner, the festival includes a classic car show from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a beer garden, music, raffles and children’s games.

All donations are for the benefit of the fire departments.

Darrtown Fall Festival returns this weekend

The annual Darrtown Fall Festival will be making a return from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 21. The festival will have food, live music, vendors, classic cars and a village parade.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Democrats gather in Oxford restaurant
to watch presidential candidates in debate

On Thursday night, about 30 people gathered at LaRosa’s Pizzeria to watch the Democratic presidential debate, televised from Houston. The debate watchers discussed the 10 candidates who were part of the debate including their merits and positions.

New Miami program builds community for dementia patients

This month, Memory Café will open up its doors to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Opening Minds through Art, an initiative supported by Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center, plans on hosting different programs to ensure those with dementia have a safe and fun place to socialize.

Butler County PAC endorses candidates for November election

BCPPAC announces endorsements during Tuesday’s meeting for the candidates in the Oxford City Council and Talawanda Board of Education races for this fall's election. The PAC will provide funds to the endorsed candidates.

Miami Rec Center celebrates 25th anniversary

The anniversary of the Rec will be commemorated Monday, Sept. 16, with free admission  to its facilities. This day will also include giveaways and discounts. The Rec serves as a community gym for Miami students, but also has programs for Oxford residents.

Miami leases Hawks Landing for overflowing dorm capacity

Due to a record-sized freshman class, Miami University was forced to rent out 76 beds from Hawks Landing. In the past 10 years, Miami has had to lease off-campus dorm space four times to accommodate its students. Miami has leased approximately 25% of the Hawks Landing apartments.

Poet illuminates line between math, poetry

Dave Lucas, teacher of a “Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry” class, delves into how his initial hesitation toward math helped him see poetry’s beauty in a whole new light.

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Police suspect arson in mobile home fire

Oxford Fire Department respond to an empty trailer home fire Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Miami Mobile Home Park . The department quickly put out the flames.

News Briefs

Oxford City Council meets to discuss law director candidates

Oxford City Council is holding an executive session at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 to interview law firms' municipal law specialists for the position of city law director.

The law director serves as the city’s attorney, providing legal advice to the council and administration. Amy Blankenship, who had held the post since Jan. 1 of this year, has resigned from her law firm to take a full-time legal position with the City of Dayton, Mayor Kate Roumaniere said.

Under Ohio law, non-public executive sessions may be held by public bodies to discuss personnel matters. Council opted to call the special meeting to save time during its next regularly scheduled meeting, the mayor said.

Oxford hosts its 31st annual Masters Games

The 31st annual Oxford Masters Games kicked off Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 20. Sponsored by Oxford Seniors, over 100 participants age 50 and up participate in events held at the Oxford Senior Center, Miami University Rec Center and other facilities and nursing homes in Oxford. The oldest participant is 96 years old.

Events include a fitness walk, a 9-ball pool tournament, Wii bowling, chair balloon volleyball, pickleball, darts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, Yahtzee. The closing awards ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the senior center and will feature Miami women’s basketball head coach DeUnna Hendrix as the keynote speaker.
Registration to participate in the Masters games is closed. For more information on the schedule of events, visit oxfordsenior.org.

RedHawks fall sports back in action

Miami’s fall sports are in full swing as the RedHawks Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Softball and Football teams are scheduled to play this week. Listed below are all the varsity sporting events from Sept.13-19.

Friday, Sept. 13

Field Hockey at Michigan State, East Lansing, Michigan, 3 p.m.

Volleyball vs North Carolina, Rochester, Michigan, 6 p.m.

Soccer at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Swimming and Diving vs Red & White Meet / Alumni Meet, Oxford, Ohio, 9 a.m.

Softball vs Ohio Dominican, Oxford, Ohio, 11 a.m.

Football at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Softball vs Indiana Tech, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Oakland, Rochester, Michigan, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Softball vs Purdue, Oxford, Ohio, 1:15 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Saint Francis, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Softball vs Valparaiso, Oxford, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Volleyball at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Oxford Methodist Church gathers rummage to help others

The Oxford Methodist Church is hosting its biannual rummage sale from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sep. 13 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m Saturday, Sept. 14.. All proceeds from the event are put towards missions focused on women and children around the world. These missions range from providing better children’s schooling, to helping mothers and feeding the hungry in locations such as Belize, the Congo and India.

Ethel and Clay Hock work the day before the event to put together some last details, ensuring that the sale will run smoothly. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Ethel Hock, chairman of United Methodist Women, has worked with the church in putting together this event for over 40 years. Before her, her mother worked on the sale. Hock said this rummage sale has become an important part of her life and helping others is something that continues to bring her joy. 

“In the past we have raised as little as $18,000 and as much as $28,000 but no matter how much we make it all helps, we have something for everyone here,” said Hock.

Hock now works tirelessly with her husband, Clay Hock, and a team of volunteers to promote the sale, gather donations, organize all donated items into sections, price all items and work the actual event.

The rummage sale is organized into sections such as men’s and women’s clothing, indoor and outdoor furniture, glassware and decor to name a few. Workers from the moving company Two Men and a Truck will be at the event to aid in moving large furniture items. Directly following the event all remaining donations will be picked up by the Salvation Army.

Redhawks Football to compete in Battle of the Victory Bell this Saturday

The Miami RedHawks Football team travels to the University of Cincinnati Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Battle of the Victory Bell with a noon kickoff at Nippert Stadium. 

Last week, Miami (1-1) beat Tennessee Tech 48-17 at Yager Stadium in front of a crowd of 16,022, reported by the Miami Athletic Department. Miami jumped out to a 41-3 lead at halftime behind 152 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert. Defensively, the RedHawks held the Golden Eagles to negative one rushing yards in the first half and were strong in the second half. Senior defensive back Bart Barrati added an interception which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.

Last week, Cincinnati (1-1) lost 42-0 at Ohio State after beating UCLA 24-14 August 29. In the Battle for the Victory Bell, the oldest current non-conference college football rivalry in the nation, Miami leads the all-time series 59-57-7. The RedHawks look to bounce back and leave Cincinnati with a victory after losing the last 13 meetings against the Bearcats.

Oxford PD receives another drug use prevention grant

The Oxford Police Department received a Drug Use Prevention Grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office for the fourth consecutive year.

The grants were awarded in August and announced recently. Since 2016, the police department has received money from the attorney general to enhance drug use prevention programs in the Talawanda school district. According to the department, the money pays a portion of the salaries of three Oxford officers stationed as school resource officers at the three district schools within city limits: Talawanda High School, Talawanda Middle School and Kramer Elementary School.

The amount has increased each year, starting at $6,236 in 2016 and the award this year is $21,911.96.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Miami Homecoming: Bundy concert, 5K and football

Oxford prepares for a busy weekend when alumni return to Oxford for Miami's Homecoming. It is not unusual for Homecoming to draw at least 2,000 visitors to town each year.  This weekend is filled with activities all over Oxford: From Yager to Uptown Park to Lewis Place.  

Oxford Police show off their upgraded station

The Oxford Police department has made multiple renovations and upgrades to its building. The department hopes the new additions will improve relations with the community and enhance police efficiency and safety.

The newly renovated Oxford Police Station is now completed and available to tour. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Once the Oxford Municipal Building, the iconic white-globed light at the front door clearly proclaims what the building is now. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Officer Matt Wagers sits down in the new squad room to complete some paperwork. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Joann Handley sits in the new dispatch room where she answers calls and greets visitors through a window facing the waiting area. Photo by Lauren Shassere

The station’s new workout room features an array of dumbells, a bench press and various cardio machines. Photo by Lauren Shassere

The renovated station includes office space for the chief and senior officers. Photo by Aaron Smith

Oxford Police Lt. Lara Fening in her new office at the renovated Oxford Police Station. Formerly housed in the basement, the department now occupies the entire building. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Freshman quarterback makes Miami football history

Brett Gabbert became the first Miami freshman in history to open the season as the starting quarterback. He was able to play competitively against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first half of the game in a position his coach said he earned after out-shining his opponents for the starting position at training camp.

Oxford reaches out to residents through biweekly e-newsletter

The new e-newsletter for the city of Oxford that aims to inform community members about municipal activities. Residents can sign up for the twice-monthly letter for city updates about the community.

City council signs promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

This week, the city council of Oxford signed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. With the help of the local community and their efforts to use energy more efficiently, Oxford can reduce its carbon footprint.

Burger King delivers Impossible Whopper to Oxford

The local Burger King has added the Impossible Whopper to its menu as it spreads nationwide. This vegan alternative has all the fixings of the original Whopper, with less calories, grams of fat and cholesterol.

News Briefs

Geography students help replot Bahamas on map after Hurricane Dorian

Students from Miami University’s Department of Geography and the Geospatial Analysis Center hosted a Bahamas Mapathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in 132 Shideler Hall, to help replot the location of structures destroyed this week by Hurricane Dorian.

The student volunteers helped trace the outlines of buildings on mapping grids so that rescuers on the ground will be able to have a better understanding of where specific buildings stood before the storm, according to a Miami press release. The mapping focused on areas where large numbers of people have been reported missing.


Pups get playday Saturday at the Oxford pool

Bring your pup to the pool this Saturday, Sept. 7, during Oxford’s third annual Dog Day at the community pool.

This is the first year the event will be at the new Oxford Aquatics Center, in the Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your dog’s toys to play in the pool or grass area.

Dog Day, sponsored by the city’s department of Parks & Recreation, is open to all dogs over four months old. No aggressive dogs or dogs in heat will be permitted and all must be licensed and vaccinated. The cost is $5 per dog with a limit of two per owner.




Oxford commemorates Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Oxford, thanks to a Sept. 3 proclamation by Mayor Kate Rousmaniere. 

The proclamation noted that in Ohio, an estimated 5,340 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and some 1,130 deaths from the disease will occur this year.

About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer.

The proclamation encourages all citizens to join in the observance of this month and to understand the importance of regular medical checkups and screenings.  

Local woman dies in suspected drug overdose

Oxford Police Department said a woman was found dead of a suspected drug overdose Aug. 24 in her apartment on South Locust Street.

Tia Imhoff, 37, was found at 7:41 p.m. by a family member who called the police. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, according to the police report.

A final ruling on the cause of death will be made by the Butler County Coroner, following an autopsy and toxicology tests.

 


RedHawks take on Tennessee Tech in Homecoming game Saturday

The RedHawks host the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles for Miami’s annual Homecoming game this Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium.

Last week, Miami (0-1) traveled to the University of Iowa and lost 38-14 to the No.20 Iowa, Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Miami quarterback Brett Gabbert, became the first true freshman quarterback in Miami history to start the season opener. The RedHawks took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter and trailed by just three at half-time before the Hawkeyes pulled away late in the game. Gabbert tossed two touchdowns and threw for 186 yards and an interception in his debut.

Last week, Tennessee Tech (1-0) took a 12-point lead before rallying from 23 points down in the third quarter to beat Samford 59-58 in an overtime thriller.



Film festival highlights religious movies during month of September

Several religious congregations in Oxford are collaborating on a Faith Film Festival on three Saturdays and one Sunday in September.

The free festival begins Saturday, Sept. 7, with a 6 p.m. screening of the “The Cup,” in the undercroft of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 25 E. Walnut St., Oxford. The movie is a story of two young boys in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery who convince senior monks to hook up a satellite dish so they can watch World Cup soccer matches. 

Each of the four films in the festival highlights aspects of a different religion, said Kate Roumaniere, a member of the organizing group from Holy Trinity.

Subsequent films are “Malcolm X,” dealing with aspects of Islam, to be shown at 6 p.m. Sept. 14, in the undercroft of Holy Trinity; “The Chosen,” dealing with aspects of Judaism, to be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Hillel Center, 11 E. Walnut St., Oxford; and “Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day story,” which highlights aspects of Christianity and will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Church Street Presbyterian Seminary, 104 E. Church St.

A meal of homemade soup and bread will be provided at each showing and after the movies, conversations will be encouraged about the religious philosophies and their commonalities.

Roumaniere said the group hopes to make the festival an annual event.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

After receiving a poor grade on the state report card, Talawanda schools are working to make the system better. A new director of teaching and learning may be the first step in achieving this with a number of new ideas for both students and teachers.

City Council called to act on climate change

On Tuesday, Oxford City Council will address the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Energy, which was brought to the council by the Oxford Community Climate Action Task Force. If the council voted to sign the Covenant, the city would be expected to consider other recommendations from the task force.

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

Phuong Thai Lam,  a student in Miami’s Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology graduate program, recently earned the Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research from the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. Her research focuses on finding a treatment for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

Dough-Versity Donuts & Coffee closed after only a year of business. The local donut shop, located on S. Beech Street, served such favorites as Nitro Coffee, the Maple Bacon donut and the Pinecone. The closing leaves Oxford with two donut shops to satisfy your cravings.

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

Reily Board of Trustee Candidates Focus on Modern Communication with ResidentsSynopsis: In the race for a seat for the Reily Township Board of Trustees, candidates see the need for new communication. Candidates discuss the modernization the township through social media, electronic newsletters, and an updated website.

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

David F. Wilson was an academic, professor and a family man with  devotion to his students. Wilson died Aug. 17 after a long battle with cancer. After his retirement, Wilson still supported the Oxford community through his efforts including his Boy Scout Troop and the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

The Oxford Mayor took on her position four years ago and will become an Oxford Township trustee. With term limits, she can not run for re-election on city council. Her fellow councilors will miss her familiar presence and playfulness.

Candidates face off for a seat on the Talawanda Board of Education

Seven candidates compete for three spots on the school board with plans to improve and maintain Talawanda schools.
One is an incumbent and another previously served. They will face five other area residents in the Nov. 5 election.

Oxford City Council urges Ohio to pass ‘red flag’ weapons law

The councilors recommend that the state legislature enact a law that allows a temporary seizure of guns if a threat is perceived. The governor proposed such gun restriction law after a shooting killed 10 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Move-in weekend for Miami students makes an impact in Oxford

It is officially that time of year again when students move back to campus. The largest freshman class in the history of Miami will help fill up Oxford’s hotels, restaurants and streets and help spur the local economy.

Crocodile intimidates children at camp during
their creek adventures in nearby Preble County

A seven-and-a-half-foot-long crocodile was a rare discovery during “creek stomping” in West Alexandria. Ohio Department of National Resources responded and shot the animal. It is assumed that the crocodile was an exotic pet and out grew its original home.

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

This is the first time single-day camps will be offered at the Rec after 20 years of summer day camps. The new program is meant to help working parents who need some child care help on Talawanda schools off days.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Oxford Juvenile Arrested for Carrying a Concealed and Loaded Gun

After stopping a 16-year-old male in an alley off College Corner Pike, police found he was carrying a .22-caliber revolver.

First of Ten Pub Runs Draws Four Dozen Participants

Turnout was better than anticipated when Enjoy Oxford commenced its 10-week series of uptown 5Ks at Left Field Tavern. The 49 runners and walkers who showed up for exercise, camaraderie and discounted food and drinks included Miami students and Oxford locals.

Miami Students Build ‘Creativity City’

An entrepreneurship professor who studies how boredom harms companies has developed a weeklong program to give business students a chance to unleash their creativity.

Coalition for a Healthy Community Focuses on Talawanda Youth

A local nonprofit works with the school district to help elementary students learn healthy habits such as getting more exercise.

Changing Minds with Rhymes

Our columnist-poet describes how rephrasing descriptions of our world can help us understand it better.

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News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

The Oxford Community Arts Center believes Oxford is ready to embrace Contra Dancing and is offering lessons. The steps are described as a cross between square dancing and swing. They begin Friday, Sept. 6.

These classes are $7 per person or $5 for students. Participants don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience. Classes will be directed by callers and participants will form long parallel lines and then interact with each other in moves similar to square dancing, says Judy Waldron.

Contra Dancing, soon to be offered at the Oxford Community Arts Center, is described as a combination of Square Dancing and Swing. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Community Arts Center

Contra dancing has been popular in larger cities for years and it is time for Oxford to join the scene, says Waldron. The dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

For more information, contact Waldron at (513) 523-1198.

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library will hold its summer book sale from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7.

Customers will be able to browse through fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, DVDs games, maps and more in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 441 S. Locust St., Oxford. All proceeds go to benefit the library’s collections and programming.

The 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. session Thursday will be a members-only preview. Although the Thursday sale is open only to members of the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library, memberships will be sold at the door for $10 per individual and $25 for families.

On Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the sale will be open to the general public. On Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the event concludes with a bag sale, at which bargain hunters can pay $3 for a bag of books.

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

The Miami University Football team travels to the University of Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes for the first game of the 2019 season, Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium.

Last season, Miami finished 6-6 (6-2 in the Mid-American Conference), tied with Ohio University for second in the Mid-American Conference east division. Iowa finished 9-4 in 2018 (5-4 in the Big Ten), tied for second in the Big Ten west division.

Iowa begins the season ranked 20th in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Miami’s Chuck Martin begins his sixth season as the head coach of the RedHawks and is seeking his first winning record with Miami.

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

Watch a movie while relaxing in a pool at the Oxford Aquatic Center’s Dive-In Movie, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., this Saturday, Aug. 31.

As part of the center’s end of the summer celebration, the movie, “Finding Dory” will play on a screen while the audience lounges and floats in the pool.

General admission fees are $7 for adults, 18 years or older; $5 for youth 2-17 years.

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

Bluegrass guru and local music legend, Vernon McIntyre’s Famous Old Time Music Company is making a return to the Oxford area this Saturday, when he reopens his shop at 1196 Ross Millville Road.

McIntyre was forced to close his doors in 2013 due to some financial hardships, but now after six years he is finally ready and able to return the store to its full glory.

The store has everything you could ask for in a bluegrass shop. It has new and vintage instruments, accessories, lessons, repairs, and appraisals, and due to popular demand, there will also be electronic instruments and accessories.

The grand opening will begin at noon and will have many activities for visitors to partake in including door prize drawings for free instruments, a signup sheet to choose what instrument you want to try in a free lesson, special discounts to celebrate the grand opening, snacks, music, and a special concert by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

After receiving a poor grade on the state report card, Talawanda schools are working to make the system better. A new director of teaching and learning may be the first step in achieving this with a number of new ideas for both students and teachers.

City Council called to act on climate change

On Tuesday, Oxford City Council will address the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Energy, which was brought to the council by the Oxford Community Climate Action Task Force. If the council voted to sign the Covenant, the city would be expected to consider four recommendations from the task force.

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

Phuong Thai Lam,  a student in Miami’s Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology graduate program, recently earned the Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research from the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. Her research focuses on finding a treatment for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

Dough-Versity Donuts & Coffee closed after only a year of business. The local donut shop, located on S. Beech Street, served such favorites as Nitro Coffee, the Maple Bacon donut and the Pinecone. The closing leaves Oxford with two donut shops to satisfy your cravings.

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

Reily Board of Trustee Candidates Focus on Modern Communication with ResidentsSynopsis: In the race for a seat for the Reily Township Board of Trustees, candidates see the need for new communication. Candidates discuss the modernization the township through social media, electronic newsletters, and an updated website.

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

David F. Wilson was an academic, professor and a family man with  devotion to his students. Wilson died Aug. 17 after a long battle with cancer. After his retirement, Wilson still supported the Oxford community through his efforts including his Boy Scout Troop and the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization.


News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

The Oxford Community Arts Center believes Oxford is ready to embrace Contra Dancing and is offering lessons. The steps are described as a cross between square dancing and swing. They begin Friday, Sept. 6.

These classes are $7 per person or $5 for students. Participants don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience. Classes will be directed by callers and participants will form long parallel lines and then interact with each other in moves similar to square dancing, says Judy Waldron.

Contra Dancing, soon to be offered at the Oxford Community Arts Center, is described as a combination of Square Dancing and Swing. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Community Arts Center

Contra dancing has been popular in larger cities for years and it is time for Oxford to join the scene, says Waldron. The dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

For more information, contact Waldron at (513) 523-1198.

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library will hold its summer book sale from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7.

Customers will be able to browse through fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, DVDs games, maps and more in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 441 S. Locust St., Oxford. All proceeds go to benefit the library’s collections and programming.

The 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. session Thursday will be a members-only preview. Although the Thursday sale is open only to members of the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library, memberships will be sold at the door for $10 per individual and $25 for families.

On Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the sale will be open to the general public. On Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the event concludes with a bag sale, at which bargain hunters can pay $3 for a bag of books.

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

The Miami University Football team travels to the University of Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes for the first game of the 2019 season, Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium.

Last season, Miami finished 6-6 (6-2 in the Mid-American Conference), tied with Ohio University for second in the Mid-American Conference east division. Iowa finished 9-4 in 2018 (5-4 in the Big Ten), tied for second in the Big Ten west division.

Iowa begins the season ranked 20th in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Miami’s Chuck Martin begins his sixth season as the head coach of the RedHawks and is seeking his first winning record with Miami.

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

Watch a movie while relaxing in a pool at the Oxford Aquatic Center’s Dive-In Movie, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., this Saturday, Aug. 31.

As part of the center’s end of the summer celebration, the movie, “Finding Dory” will play on a screen while the audience lounges and floats in the pool.

General admission fees are $7 for adults, 18 years or older; $5 for youth 2-17 years.

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

Bluegrass guru and local music legend, Vernon McIntyre’s Famous Old Time Music Company is making a return to the Oxford area this Saturday, when he reopens his shop at 1196 Ross Millville Road.

McIntyre was forced to close his doors in 2013 due to some financial hardships, but now after six years he is finally ready and able to return the store to its full glory.

The store has everything you could ask for in a bluegrass shop. It has new and vintage instruments, accessories, lessons, repairs, and appraisals, and due to popular demand, there will also be electronic instruments and accessories.

The grand opening will begin at noon and will have many activities for visitors to partake in including door prize drawings for free instruments, a signup sheet to choose what instrument you want to try in a free lesson, special discounts to celebrate the grand opening, snacks, music, and a special concert by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

The Oxford Mayor took on her position four years ago and will become an Oxford Township trustee. With term limits, she can not run for re-election on city council. Her fellow councilors will miss her familiar presence and playfulness.

Candidates face off for a seat on the Talawanda Board of Education

Seven candidates compete for three spots on the school board with plans to improve and maintain Talawanda schools.
One is an incumbent and another previously served. They will face five other area residents in the Nov. 5 election.

Oxford City Council urges Ohio to pass ‘red flag’ weapons law

The councilors recommend that the state legislature enact a law that allows a temporary seizure of guns if a threat is perceived. The governor proposed such gun restriction law after a shooting killed 10 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Move-in weekend for Miami students makes an impact in Oxford

It is officially that time of year again when students move back to campus. The largest freshman class in the history of Miami will help fill up Oxford’s hotels, restaurants and streets and help spur the local economy.

Crocodile intimidates children at camp during
their creek adventures in nearby Preble County

A seven-and-a-half-foot-long crocodile was a rare discovery during “creek stomping” in West Alexandria. Ohio Department of National Resources responded and shot the animal. It is assumed that the crocodile was an exotic pet and out grew its original home.

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

This is the first time single-day camps will be offered at the Rec after 20 years of summer day camps. The new program is meant to help working parents who need some child care help on Talawanda schools off days.
Friday, August 16, 2019

New Cluster Development Proposal Aims to Attract Young Professionals and Empty-Nesters to Oxford

The development is a subdivision of single family houses on at the west end of Roberts Drive. The Oxford Planning Commission granted its approval of the development as it will now move to city council.
Back To School

Talawanda Students Venture into
New Classrooms With New School Year

Two Kramer Elementary School students are excited for the new changes that come with third and fourth grade. School started Tuesday.
One ninth grader joins the eighth grade in the classroom with the expectation that next year more students will attend.

Reily Township Trustee Faces Opponent in November Election

Nick Schwab, Reily Township trustee, will campaign as usual despite Amanda Tuertscher entering the race. Unlike this race, many candidates in local townships run unopposed in the upcoming election.

Wild Berry Adds a Retail Store, Expands Inventory
of Incense Products at its Factory Location on US 27

Wild Berry has opened a store at its Wild Berry Factory that allows them to add more items for sale. The incense factory opened in 1996 and has expanded to include Internet sales to businesses all over the globe.

Taco Trailer Arrives on Oxford Food Scene

Theresa Martinez, a Middletown resident, spends her days driving around Ohio selling her food and beverages. Momma T's Tacos and Things sells at Miami Preserve on Saturdays and hopes to sell at Miami home football game tailgates.

News Briefs

The Oxford Community Foundation Names New Executive Director

The Oxford Community Foundation has announced the hiring of Betsy Hope as the new executive director of the philanthropic organization.

Hope had been serving as executive director of the Middletown Arts Center and previously served as vice president of the Hamilton Community Foundation, and president and CEO of the Fairfield Community Foundation.

The Oxford Community Foundation manages assets of more than $7 million and has provided more than $3 million in grants and scholarships to various individuals and organizations in the greater Oxford community and Talawanda School District. The Oxford Observer has been among the foundation’s beneficiaries.

As executive director, Hope will work with the non-profit foundation’s board of directors and its committees to provide leadership, communications, financial stewardship and fundraising leadership for the organization.

Hope succeeds Leah Flynn, who resigned in May to take another position.

Amateur Skaters Head to Goggin Ice Center for Lessons

Are you looking to learn how to skate? The Goggin Ice Center will be having its first session of fall group lessons from 6:15 p.m to 7 p.m. every Wednesday starting August 21st until September 25th.

Classes are available for all ages and will go on for six weeks. The classes follow the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Participants earn certificates after the final test over the six-week period.

The registration fee is $90 which includes skates. Registration can be completed online.

Enjoy Oxford Arranges Weekly Tuesday Night Pub Run

Enjoy Oxford is hosting a free Pub Run every Tuesday night beginning this coming Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Participants should meet at 5:30 p.m., at Books & Brews, 107 E. Church St., and the walk/ run will begin at 5:45 p.m. First-time participants will need to register. The program has two courses, a one-mile course and a three-mile course.

After completing the course, which also ends at Books & Brews, participants can enjoy food and beverage specials. If a participant completes 10 walks/ runs as a part of the Pub Run series, they will receive a free pub run T-shirt. For more information visit the Enjoy Oxford website.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Brings a Classic to the Stage in Oxford

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is performingA Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Uptown Oxford Memorial Park Pavilion. The performance is free.
In case of rain, the performance will take place at the same time in the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. For more information visit the Enjoy Oxford website.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Facebook Post Leads to Calls for Resignation of Local State Representative

Ohio's House District Representative, Candice Keller, took to Facebook to post the reasons she believes mass shootings are occurring including “homosexual marriage” and “violent video games.” Although many are calling for her resignation, Mike DeWine looks to create a plan on the topic of gun violence.

Two New Candidates File Paperwork for Oxford City Council Race

The fall election for city council will have five candidates, including two residents who filed prior to the deadline this week. Three positions will be on the ballot this November.

Talawanda Mattress Sale Supports High School Band Equipment and Uniforms for the Upcoming Year

Talawanda Band Boosters decides to take some stress off the school budget by hosting a mattress sale for the five types of bands the school has to offer. The fundraiser will give consumers a discount on mattresses and supply students with new instruments, uniforms and more.

New School Year Brings Insight From Talawanda Superintendent

Superintendent Ed Theroux has one year of experience at Talawanda and is ready to be even more effective. After dealing with many changes last year, Theroux said he hopes to improve even more and work his strategic plan for the school.

The Story Behind a Poem
Tempts Readers to Memorize the Words

Dave Lucas suggests that every poet dreams of their poems making it to the level that others might be able to recite them. He explains that knowing a poem is being able to speak it out loud and join in with the company the poem brings.

Ohio's Poet

Annexation of Vacant Land
Changes Speed Limit Near Pool

After the opening of the community pool, pedestrians traffic increased which increased the concern of the speed limit in the area. With the annexation of the new land, crosswalks and the speed limit will be controlled by the Oxford Community Park. 

News Briefs

Red Brick Reunion Porsche Car Show Revs Up the Engines in Oxford

Car lovers won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Red Brick Reunion Porsche Car Show in Oxford’s Uptown Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and running all day.

Porsches of all types will be on display along High Street. There will be sponsored booths, detailing demonstrations, car club booths, door prizes, street swag and a live band.

The event is free and the entrance to the event will be at the intersection of Main Street and High Street.

Oxford Community Arts Center Presents Finale of Monday Musicale Series

Harvey Thurmer, violin professor at Miami University, and Allan Mahas, an award-winning pianist from Brazil, will perform from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the ballroom of Oxford Community Arts Center located at 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

This will be the final presentation of the center’s Monday Musicale series of classical music concerts that have been running every Monday since July 22.

Maureen Hickey, an intern for the center, said this series of free concerts is a great way to get musicians from around the tri state-region to become well known to the Oxford arts community. The series is supported by the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

Plein Air Painters of Oxford Invites Painters to Informal Paint Sessions

Paint Out—Plein Air Painters of Oxford, will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Details on where the group will meet and getting on the group’s reminder list, are available by contacting Debra Bowles at Debra@Artistry Farm.com.

If this all sounds a bit vague, that’s because it is meant to be. Plein Air Painters of Oxford is informal group with no board, no officers and no regular meetings, other than these Tuesday morning painting sessions every week during the year except in January and July. The members decide where they will gather to paint each week.

According to the group’s link on the Oxford Community Arts Center’s website, “En Plein Air or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning “open (in full) air,” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.” The idea is that the painters reproduce the visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

The group is open to any interested painter.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Three Candidates Declare for Three Seats on Oxford City Council That Are on the Ballot in Fall Election

Meet the three city council representatives running in the November. The prospective candidates look forward to election day.

Oxford Democratic Debate Watch Party Connects Residents on Important Issues for the Next Election

After the debate Wednesday and Thursday night, Oxford residents shared with attendees their thoughts on the candidates. Residents want to rally together on important issues and work together to find the best candidate.

Plans Announced to Add Median Strip and Reconfigure Crosswalks on High Street in Summer 2020 to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Renovations to roads are already being completed this summer while Miami students are on break. However, next summer High Street will be closed to through traffic for the addition of a median and sidewalks.

Fourth of July Brings Festivities to Oxford Area All Next Week

Oxford will not be missing out of the Fourth of July celebration. Parades, and fireworks will honor the holiday.

Miami Revises Weapon Policy to Allow Mace On Campus

Prior to the new amendments, students were not allowed to carry chemical sprays such as Mace or have a licensed handgun locked in their cars on campus. Revisions will have significant impact on the new policy.

Enjoy Oxford's New Executive Director Talks About What She Loves About the People of Oxford

The new executive director  knows the community she works in and love the kind and welcoming environment Oxford offers. Future projects and strategies are being discussed later this summer.

Oxford Vineyard Church Relocates to a New Home to Welcome More Members of The Oxford and Miami University Communities

After some consideration and prayer. John Richter, senior pastor, believes now is the right time to move to a new location to better serve the Oxford community.

Poetry Can Lead to Change and Truth in Life

To Dave Lucas, the truth of poetry lies behind the change it can bring.

Ohio's Poet

A Note From the Editor

The Oxford Observer takes a break for the month of July and will be back on Aug. 9th.

News Briefs

Improper Scooter Parking Leads to Increased Impoundment Fines

The Miami University board of trustees on Friday approved a new $100 fee on electric scooters impounded by the university police. The fee had previously been set at $10 per impounded scooter.

Once they’re finished using the electric scooters, students are supposed to park them at a bike rack. Miami University Police Chief, John McCandless said his department tries to be lenient, allowing scooter users to park them in close proximity to the bike racks.

“I think we’ve had some issues just trying to get people to park them near the bike racks,” McCandless said. “That’s kind of been our only ask. They kind of just tend to be left wherever it’s most convenient for the student."

McCandless said misplaced scooters become safety hazards and also affect university maintenance operations like cutting grass or plowing snow.

From Sept. 28, 2018, to April 28, the Miami Police Department impounded 235 Lime Scooters. The department also took 282 Bird scooters before that company left Oxford earlier this year.

Once the scooters are impounded, the companies they belong to come to retrieve them. The fines are paid by the companies, themselves.

“If they would just put the fine on the end user, I think that would put an end to the problem really quickly,” McCandless said. “I think, if the user gets fined for not putting it near a bike rack, they’re going to all be by the bike racks.”

Lime did not respond to the Observer’s request for comment.

Teens Are Invited to Oxford’s Lane Library Movie Matinees Program

Teens, ages 12 to 16, are invited to hang out in the teen zone of Oxford’s Lane Library, 441 S. Locust St., and enjoy a movie and some popcorn from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, part of the library’s summer Movie Matinees program.

This week’s feature is “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” from the Harry Potter universe.



Oxford Des Fleurs Garden Club Hosts Garden Tours

Tour five of the best gardens in Oxford, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in an event sponsored by the Oxford Des Fleurs Garden Club.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at various businesses around town or from a member of the club. The five gardens all are within easy driving distance of each other and will be open for just this one day, rain or shine, according to the club website, www.desfleurs.org.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Oxford Police Station Renovations Will Double the Amount of Space the Department Previously Used

Renovations to the department are expected to be done by the end of July as light fixtures and landscaping are added. The new space is expected to increase efficiency of services to Oxford.

The Oxford Relay For Life Provides Support to Beat Cancer

The relay is a tradition that has been hosted in Oxford for 19 years. It is a way for the Oxford community to send a donation to the American Cancer Society to help provide resources and research for cancer patients throughout the United States.

Professor Tom Romano Leaves a Legacy After 45 Years of Teaching in High School and College Levels

Tom Romano got his education degree at Miami to avoid taking a foreign language. After that, he taught, wrote three books and inspired teachers and students in and out of the classroom.

Oxford Mayor Cannonballs Into Aquatic Center’s Pool at Grand Opening as She Continues Her Tradition

The 14-year project has finally come to a close and residents are excited for summer time at the new Oxford Aquatic Center. Oxford Community Park becomes the new center of festivities.

Bobcats Make Return to Ohio After Species Declined Because of Hunting and Loss of Woodland Habitat

Recent sightings of bobcats in Ohio have been reported. Residents in Reily, near Oxford, report hearing the animals' cries at night. The population is growing, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife and establishing a hunting season for the animals has been considered.

Oxford Looks to Reduce Emissions and Fulfill  Its Roll in Climate Protection

A task force of the community was created to think of strategies to reduce emissions in Oxford. These ideas will continue to be detailed out and will be presented to city council in August.

A New Business Aspires To Lessen Oxford's Stress and is Taking Appointments

Hilary David graduated from Miami in 2008 and has been working in Oxford for 10 years. She is now opening Oxford Therapeutic Massage in uptown.

News Briefs

Enjoy Oxford Names New Executive Director

Enjoy Oxford, the city’s independent visitors bureau, named Kim Daggy as its new executive director on Friday.

Daggy, who has been the organization’s operations manager, takes over the top job on Monday, June 24. She is replacing Jessica Greene, who resigned last month to become Oxford’s assistant city manager.

“Kim was one of a pool of very strong candidates for the Executive Director position. The Enjoy Oxford Board of Directors has been extremely pleased with Kim’s current work within Enjoy Oxford and is very excited to have her taking the reins of the organization and leading us into the future.” Alan Kyger, Enjoy Oxford Board President.
Daggy joined the organization seven years ago and has worked closely with the town’s hospitality industry, visiting groups, Miami University and the city, Kyger said in a press release announcing the appointment.

Kim Daggy is Enjoy Oxford’s new executive director. Photo courtesy of Enjoy Oxford

“I look forward to working with our community partners, engaging visitors and promoting all the facets that make Oxford amazing,” Daggy said in the release.

Ohio Faces More Rain for The First Weekend of Summer

It seems like the rain will not end in southwest Ohio. Rainfall in the region is about a foot above normal for the year. It has rained for 11 days straight, as of Thursday. Today, June 21, may be a sunny first day of summer, but the National Weather Service said the weekend and the days next week may see more rain.

Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for the weekend and into the beginning of next week according to weather.com. Rain is expected to come to a stop, but then begin again next Saturday as well, according to the forecasts.

Businesses are being hurt from all of the rain that has occurred, such as canoe rentals on the Whitewater River, just west of Oxford, in Indiana. Rising water levels in the river make some parts dangerous to paddle and boaters are being warned not to try it. This week alone has produced about five inches of rain in the Whitewater area.

Other places, such as Hueston Woods and the Oxford Country Club have not had major problems but have had to deal with wet and soggy conditions. The Oxford Country Club reported that on some days guests could not take golf carts onto the course because the ground was too soft.

Rain has had an effect on the new Oxford Aquatics Center as well. The bad weather delayed the construction and on June 15, when it finally had its grand opening, it closed several hours early, at 2 p.m., because of rain.

Vacancies On Several City Boards Have Oxford Mayor Looking For Volunteers

Oxford is looking for volunteers.

At the June 18 city council meeting, Mayor Kate Rousmaniere announced that there are a total of eight vacancies among six city boards and commissions.

The Board of Appeals, which handles building and housing issues, has one vacancy. The Civil Rights Commission, which investigates and deals with cases of discriminatory practice or prejudice, has one opening. The Environmental Commission, promoting environmental awareness, also has one opening, as does the Police Community Relations & Review Commission, which works to improve communications between the police and the public.

The Historic and Architectural Preservation Commission, which works to protect significant buildings and areas around town, and the Oxford Student/Community Relations Commission, which deals with issues of town relations, both have two vacancies that need to be filled.
These are volunteer organizations, with members appointed by council and information on applying for one of these boards can be found on the city website, or by contacting a member of city council, the mayor said.

Miami's Surplus Equipment Auction Holds An Assortment of Items

Anyone with a need for up to 100 microscopes, or 13 desks, or an old Foosball machine, a saddle, assorted rings, backpacks, lockers, or even a Thelco Convection Incubator—Model 6, should check out the auction of surplus Miami University equipment, 9 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Campbell Auction Team’s facility, 102 North Main St., Liberty, IN.

The university cleans out its attics, basements, storerooms and junk drawers periodically and contracts to have its surplus stuff auctioned off to the highest bidder under its surplus equipment plan.

A complete list of the items being auctioned, along with pictures and details of how the auction will operate, can be found on the Campbell Auction website.

Public Arts Commission of Oxford Searches for Designs for an Aquatic- Themed Bike Rack at the City's New Pool

So far the Public Arts Commission of Oxford hasn’t had any takers on its request for designs of an aquatic-themed bike rack to be installed at the new Oxford Aquatic Center, but commission members remain hopeful.

The commission put out a call for designs early this spring, but as of its June 11 meeting no one had made a proposal. “We did make contact with some fabricators, but we didn’t receive any art submissions,” said PACO Chairman Steve Sullivan. “We will reissue the call soon, with a longer response and fabrication time. We expect that as PACO becomes better known in the region, more people will come to us with concepts as well as funding for art in public places,” he said.

In the meantime, a standard bike rack has been installed at the aquatic center.

Gardeneering Camp Allows Kids To Get Their Hands Dirty

Registrations are still being accepted for the July and August sessions of Gardeneering Camp for children ages six to twelve at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Each three-week session costs $40, and they are held at the arts center on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Children will have the chance to explore the garden, grow flowers and vegetables, create art and prepare snacks from things grown in the garden. Registration information is available here.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Teaches Kids Their Skills

Circus camps for children ages four to six and from seven to sixteen are being held at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., June 24 through June 28.

The camp blends theatre, movement, fitness and imagination in the My Nose Turns Red Circus. My Nose Turns Red Circus was founded in 1984 when co-founders Jean St. John and Steve Roenker began touring as theatrical clowns to bring their art form to children through school shows and workshops.

The campers will learn their skills and use them to put on free performances at the end of the camp.
Camp for the younger children runs from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and costs $130. For the older children the sessions from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and cost $170. Registration details can be found here.

Friday, June 14, 2019

School Resource Officers in Talawanda Undergo an Extensive Training for Working with Students

School resource officers are purposely trained to deescalate any situation that may arise in the school. However, their job goes farther than just handling problems; such as becoming role models.

Oxford Prepares to be Counted in the 2020 Census

The last census held in 2010 faced the challenge to count Miami students that may not call Oxford their permanent residence. Oxford is taking action to ensure every resident is accounted for.

Oxford Girl Scout Presents Her Mural Honoring Three Slain Civil Rights Workers of 1964 Freedom Summer

Talawanda senior, Ella Cope, unveils her mural today on the side of the Rittgers & Rittgers law firm. Cope will achieve her Gold Award and may inspire more murals in uptown Oxford.

Ohio Farmers Face Ongoing Troubles Due to Rainy Season

The rain holds back Oxford farmers as the soil is in bad condition to plant this years crops. With the bad weather to continue, farmers may have to bank on other options.

Oxford Community Foundation Hunts for New Executive Director

The director will get the opportunity to run a $7 million dollar organization. The position opening is due to the resignation of Leah Flynn.

Miami Alumni Weekend Brought More Than 1600 Graduates From Past Years Back into Oxford

Miami University Alumni returned last weekend for festivities on and off campus. There was a parade, a festival and a chance to get a taste of current student life.

Buckeye Boys State American Legion Program has a Successful
Week in Oxford and Motivates Boys to be Active in the Community

Attendees of the program participate in a mock government where they are appointed to realistic positions. Dick LeBeau, NFL Hall of Famer, confirmed that the memories made through the program will last a life time.

News Briefs

The Grand Opening of the Oxford Aquatic Center Happens on Saturday

The Oxford Aquatic Center will host its grand opening tomorrow, June 15, after a three-week delay.

Located at 701 Kay Rench Drive in the Oxford Community Park, the new facility replaces the old city pool which closed at the end of last summer after 45 years.

Admission to the grand opening ceremony is free and open to the public, but general admission fees or season passes will be required for those that stay after the ceremony.

Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere will kick off the planned festivities with a gate-opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m., before guests will be allowed a 30-minute period to pay their membership fees, find a spot and get set up in the new facility.

At noon, the ceremony will continue with the completion of “firsts.”

“There will be a first time around the lazy river, first time down the slide, the first time jumping off the diving boards, and for each amenity of the facility, we’ll do a first with a different person —somebody local, whether that’s the mayor, city manager, the swim team—somebody will do each first,” said Casey Wooddell, Oxford’s director of parks and recreation.

The pool will officially open for swimming at 12:30 p.m.

The grand opening was originally scheduled for May 25, but a rainy construction season pushed it back to June 15. Wooddell said he wanted the grand opening to take place on a Saturday, so residents would not have to dodge work or skip school to attend.

Oxford Swears in Two New Police Officers

Oxford has two new police officers.

William Thissen and John Thrasher were officially sworn in at City Council’s June 4 meeting.

Both were hired as part-timers and have spent the last two months in training. The swearing-in ceremony was their introduction to the public.

“Of the people we interviewed, they just stood out as being motivated,” Oxford Police Chief John Jones said. “They’re new to the police scene, but they seem to have the right approach to the public and how to handle situations and deescalate those situations. They just understood community policing.”

When searching for potential hires, Jones said his department looks for level-headed critical thinkers, who are honest, have integrity and a strong work ethic. He said Thissen and Thrasher embody those ideals.

“They’re in their training right now,” Jones said. “They still have a lot of work to do to get through the training program, but we do believe that they’re going to succeed and be good police officers for us.”

John Thrasher (left) and William Thissen (right) are recently sworn into the Oxford Police Department. Photo courtesy of Oxford Police Department

Both officers are on the department’s full-time eligible list, but either could be hired as a full-time officer if one of those positions opens up.

Police Respond to Shots Fired at Mobile Home Park

Oxford Police charged Robert Alexander Teager with domestic violence, using weapons while intoxicated and aggravated menacing after he told police he emptied two magazines of .45-caliber gun into the Buick Rendezvous belonging to him and his wife while it was parked in front of their home at the Oxford Mobile Home Park.

According to the police report, officers responded to a shots fired call at the mobile home park on College Corner Pike at 4:58 p.m. June 6.

The 911 caller, later identified as Jeannie Teager, stated that her husband had fired shots into her vehicle and told her he was going to shoot himself prior to her fleeing to a neighbor’s residence to call police.

Teager, 52, was taken into custody without incident. After being advised of his rights, he told police that the couple had been involved in a verbal altercation that began at their shared workplace earlier that morning. The police report states upon their return home another verbal dispute ensued and Mr. Teager retrieved his handgun from the bedroom and shot up the car.

The report states that the vehicle was found with “several bullet holes” and damages valued at $5,000. Teager was not armed upon his arrest. Mrs. Teager was not harmed during the altercation.

During his interview Mr. Teager admitted to drinking alcohol throughout the afternoon. He submitted a breath sample that showed his blood alcohol content to be .217, the police report stated. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is considered legal impairment for driving in Ohio.

Robert Teager was transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital to be evaluated for rib pain. After being cleared medically, he was transported to the Butler County Jail.


Residents Will Learn to Clean Clothes the Historical Way

Learn how to do the wash—historically—with a demonstration on washing, scrubbing, wringing and hanging out to dry from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Doty Farmstead of the Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Road.

The event is free and children are encouraged at this event sponsored by the Oxford Museum Association. Bring the whole family and learn how things were done in the days before spin cycles and permanent press.

Community Arts Center Showcases Monthly Celebration of the Arts Event

The Oxford Community Arts Center is hosting its monthly Second Friday Celebration of the Arts from 6-9 p.m., June 14.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Two exhibits will be opening which will present art from sculptor Pamela Hignite Deaton and a variety of work from Linda Moore Sheppard. Third floor studios and an Art Shop will be open as well.

The event will include food and refreshments during the opening reception at 6 p.m.

The celebration will occur during the time of Ella Cope’s Civil Rights mural unveiling on the exterior wall of a building just across College Avenue from the arts center.  The mural event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will last until roughly 7 p.m., just in time for the musical performance of Ron Hautau and Sara Pate at the arts center scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Marshall School Replacement Back on Budget;
Construction of New Building to Start in November

With the pre-construction phase coming to a close, construction for the new elementary school is expected to begin in the fall.

Miami Drops Parking Hang-Tags for License Plate Scanners

Scanners will be mounted on enforcement vehicles to recognize parking permits within campus limits this fall. Parking signs will not be removed and parking permit rates have not changed.

Oxford Aquatic Center Set to Open With Ceremony

June 15 marks the official opening of the new aquatic center. Passes can be purchased at a prorated price in regards to the lost days of the summer pool season.

Three Valley Conservation Trust Preserves Land
To Safeguard Purity of the Local Aquifer

Easements in multiple Ohio counties contain thousands of acres where land is not permitted to be commercialized in efforts to keep local water clean.

Hit-and-Run Leaves New Miami Resident With Totaled Vehicle

An unknown driver in a blue Dodge Dakota pickup truck swerved back and forth over the double yellow line and went airborne before hitting another vehicle and then driving away.

Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival Raised Enough Money
To Give Scholarships to Four Talawanda High School Seniors

A Chamber of Commerce led committee determined four eligible Talawanda seniors based upon grade point averages, programs and schools they plan to attend.

Court Hearing for Miami Basketball Player Is Postponed Until August 1

Judge Robert Lyons extends a second continuation for a domestic violence case reported on March 15.

Enjoy Oxford Begins Interviewing Finalists for New Executive Director

A successor to Jessica Greene is in the works to be selected around mid-June.

News Briefs

Another Crash Occurs at Stillwell Beckett Road and Law Road Intersection

One week after a wrecked car was left in someone’s front yard, another crash occurred at the same Reily Township intersection on Monday.

A white 1995 Lexus ES300 was rear-ended by a grey 2012 Honda Civic on Stillwell Beckett Road, where it meets Law Road, shortly before 5:30 p.m., according to the Butler County Sheriff’s incident report.

Both cars were traveling southeast on Stillwell Beckett. According to the report, the Lexus was slowing down or stopped when it was hit by the Civic, which was traveling at 15 miles per hour. The latter was following at an unsafe distance, the report said.

Claire Matthews, 23, was not distracted while driving the Civic at the time of the incident. Neither she nor the driver of the Lexus, 20-year-old Sydney Deeter, were injured. Both were wearing their seatbelts. Neither driver was cited, according to the report.

The incident report states Matthews’ Civic has “functional damage,” while Deeter’s Lexus has “minor damage.” The Civic was towed from the scene by Reffitt’s Garage and Towing Service, Auto Body Repair, LLC.

90 Proof Twang Will Rock Out At Summer Concert Series

90 Proof Twang, which plays a mix of country, hillbilly rock and bluegrass, performs at Oxford’s Uptown Park, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, in the city’s summer concert series.

The band was voted Best Country Band in the Cincinnati metropolitan area by City Beat Magazine in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The free event is open to all. Participants are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs too spread out and listen to the music.

Buckeye Boys State Conducts a Mock Government for High School Seniors

Buckeye Boys State, an American Legion program which seeks to educate male high school seniors in local and state government, will be held at Miami from Sunday, June 9 to Sunday, June 16. More than 1,200 members are expected to attend.

Buckeye Boys State, which the organization dubs as "a week to shape a lifetime," is the nation's largest mock government program. The event is described as "an interactive and educational experience that promotes leadership, integrity, and responsibility," through which "young men learn about city, county, and state government through a non-partisan[,] objective education approach." Boys State says attendees will learn, in part, from Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, police chief John Jones, and city engineer Scott Otto.

Buckeye Boys State began in 1936. In 2017, the program returned to Miami for the first time since 1946. In addition to the 1,200 attendees, a staff of around 120 will be on hand to help facilitate the week.

Hueston Woods Arts and Craft Fair Held This Saturday

The 54th annual Hueston Woods Arts and Craft Fair, featuring 80 exhibitors from across the Midwest, is happening from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, at the Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Road.

This is a juried show, with artisans producing crafts in a variety of mediums, including jewelry, woodworking, metal, basketry and fabrics.

Admission is $4 per person and the proceeds support the preservation and education outreach programs of the Oxford Museum Association.

Hueston Woods Naturalists Will Describe The Past of the Park

Naturalists from Hueston Woods State Park will explain the history of the park and the construction of the dam that created the 625-acre Acton Lake, at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

Participants should gather at the Hueston Woods Nature Center, 6301 Park Office Road. Participants will then drive to the dam in their own vehicles. There is no charge, but children must be accompanied by adults. Anyone needing special accommodations should notify the naturalists in advance.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Miami Football Player Spurs His Teamates to Help with Tornado Cleanup in Dayton Neighborhood

14 tornadoes hit the Dayton area on Monday night. The Miami football team took off Friday practice to help clean up the area that one of the players calls home.

Tornadoes on Memorial Day Remind Residents to Heed Warnings

Storm warning systems designed to save lives during natural disasters must be taken seriously, officials said.  

Jason Osborne Named Miami’s Incoming Provost

Osborne, who will make the move to Miami from a similar position at Clemson, said he looks forward to “supporting and empowering the campus leaders” on the Boldly Creative Initiative. He plans to reside in Oxford with his wife and daughter.

Miami Sports Win Reese and Jacoby Trophies

The historic win for both women’s and men’s sports place Miami first in the MAC conference. This is the first time Miami has finished first in men's and women's sports in the same year.

Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival to Support THS Scholarships

The Oxford Chamber of Commerce will host the Wine & Craft Beer Festival Saturday, a fundraiser benefitting Talawanda seniors. The expected 2,000 attendees could provide a boost to local businesses during the low ebb of summer break.

Miami Earns High Marks for Sustainability Efforts

The university received a gold rating, the second highest given by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System (STARS). The rating is the highest yet achieved since Miami joined the organization in 2013.

Reily Township Family Wakes Up to Wrecked Car in Their Front Yard

It isn’t the first time the Burnetts have found a wreck in their yard by the intersection of Stillwell Beckett and Law roads.

Traffic Violations for Asian Students Disproportionately High in Oxford

Of traffic violations issued by Oxford Police, 29% were to Asian students, a number disportioncate to the percentage of the city's population.

News Briefs

DoorDash Launches in Oxford Next Week

DoorDash food delivery will launch services in Oxford next Wednesday, June 5, according to the company’s website.

DoorDash, a national company, facilitates the door-to-door delivery from local restaurants. Users can have food from participating restaurants, including fast food spots, delivered to their door in under an hour by placing an order online or through the DoorDash app. Deliveries can be scheduled in advance and customers can order as much or as little as they want. DoorDash also gives a user the ability to track an order in real time to see when it will arrive.

National partners of DoorDash include restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle. Craving something other than fast food? DoorDash also delivers breakfast, desserts, alcohol, coffee, and much more.

All DoorDash deliveries are subject to availability and restaurant location. Users must create a DoorDash account with a valid form of accepted payment on file for services. Payments can be made via Apple Pay or by credit card. DoorDash never takes a commission higher than 20% of the total order. Users are able to see all fees before checkout.

DoorDash was founded by students at Stanford University in 2013 and is now available in more than 600 cities across the country, according to the company website.

Talawanda High School Student Earns Oxford Kiwanis Scholarship

Reece Mays, a student at Talawanda High School, is the latest recipient of the Oxford Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship and Citizenship Award.

He received the $100 cash award at the Kiwanis May 25 meeting. He was recognized for improving his academic performance from “at-risk” at the beginning of his freshman year to making the school honor roll every quarter of his just completed sophomore year, the Kiwanis said in announcing the award.

The Scholarship and Citizenship Award was started several years ago to recognize local students who overcome challenges in their academic lives. Recipients demonstrate significant scholastic improvement, regular class attendance and participation, while showing respect for teachers and classmates.

New Talawanda Basketball Coach Hopes to Revamp Program

Jake Turner will get the next crack at resurrecting the Talawanda boys varsity basketball program.

Turner was approved as the team’s head coach at the May 20 school board meeting.

A 2010 Hamilton graduate, Turner spent the last eight years as a Big Blue assistant. He replaces Bobby Jones, who left the program after finishing 1-22 in his lone season at Talawanda.

The Talawanda program is in need of a revamp, as Turner is its third coach in three years and seventh in the last nine. The Brave have a 27-133 record over the past seven seasons and haven’t enjoyed a winning season since 2008-2009.

Turner will continue to serve as a Safe and Secure Schools Monitor at Hamilton but said he hopes to secure a job at Talawanda if one opens up.

Oxford Lane Library Sells Books to Support Library Programs

Friends of the Oxford Lane Library hold their monthly book sale in the library’s lobby, 441 S. Locust Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

There is a great selection of children’s books, as well as fiction and non-fiction for adults. This is a great option to stock up on books before heading off to vacation.

All proceeds go to the support of programs at the library.

Oxford Cooperative Theatre Company Ventures to Solve a Mystery

The Oxford Cooperative Theatre Company presents two shows of “Murder’s in the Heir,” a melodramatic mystery that runs like a game of Clue, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave.

Adult tickets are $10 for adults and, $5 for children 10 and under, for either performance. The audience will be invited to play along and figure out who did it.

Three Valley Conservation Trust to Hold Annual Summer Picnic

Three Valley Conservation Trust will hold its annual summer picnic from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Leonard Howell Park, located on Bonham Road.

The picnic will have free food and refreshments, as well as a silent raffle and live music by local artist John Kogge.

The trust encourages people to bring lawn chairs and blankets. They also encourage people to bring bikes to ride the OATS (Oxford Area Trail System) trail, and to join a guided hike to Ruder Preserve.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Aquatic Center Opening Date Delayed

Casey Woodell, director of Oxford Parks and Recreation, said rain had caused work slowdowns, but now “everyone feels really confident” about finishing by June 15.

Miami Awards 4,500 Diplomas at Yager Stadium

Graduation celebrations lasted all weekend. Enjoy Oxford reported that hotels in town were fully booked, while Oxford police said they had faced a calmer weekend than expected.

Cincinnati and Oxford Monitor New York Measles Outbreak

New York declared a public health emergency for a measles outbreak. With hundreds of flights from Cincinnati to New York each weekend, the Cincinnati area has taken precautionary measures.

Parades, Picnics and Ceremonies Planned for Memorial Day

The long weekend provides Oxford with many opportunities to honor those who have served or are serving in the military. Our reporter summarizes the events planned for this area, from Hueston Woods to Fairfield.

Hip-Hop Crossover: Classical Literature Edition

Taken together, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and John Milton (who wrote “Paradise Lost”) help explain evil and God.

Ohio's Poet

Stonewall’s 50th Birthday Inspires Reflection

A bar raid five decades ago—and the urban uprising that followed—remain at the center of Pride movement history, local LGBTQ+ activists said.

News Briefs

DoorDash Launches in Oxford Next Week

DoorDash food delivery will launch services in Oxford next Wednesday, June 5, according to the company’s website.

DoorDash, a national company, facilitates the door-to-door delivery from local restaurants. Users can have food from participating restaurants, including fast food spots, delivered to their door in under an hour by placing an order online or through the DoorDash app. Deliveries can be scheduled in advance and customers can order as much or as little as they want. DoorDash also gives a user the ability to track an order in real time to see when it will arrive.

National partners of DoorDash include restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle. Craving something other than fast food? DoorDash also delivers breakfast, desserts, alcohol, coffee, and much more.

All DoorDash deliveries are subject to availability and restaurant location. Users must create a DoorDash account with a valid form of accepted payment on file for services. Payments can be made via Apple Pay or by credit card. DoorDash never takes a commission higher than 20% of the total order. Users are able to see all fees before checkout.

DoorDash was founded by students at Stanford University in 2013 and is now available in more than 600 cities across the country, according to the company website.

Talawanda High School Student Earns Oxford Kiwanis Scholarship

Reece Mays, a student at Talawanda High School, is the latest recipient of the Oxford Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship and Citizenship Award.

He received the $100 cash award at the Kiwanis May 25 meeting. He was recognized for improving his academic performance from “at-risk” at the beginning of his freshman year to making the school honor roll every quarter of his just completed sophomore year, the Kiwanis said in announcing the award.

The Scholarship and Citizenship Award was started several years ago to recognize local students who overcome challenges in their academic lives. Recipients demonstrate significant scholastic improvement, regular class attendance and participation, while showing respect for teachers and classmates.

New Talawanda Basketball Coach Hopes to Revamp Program

Jake Turner will get the next crack at resurrecting the Talawanda boys varsity basketball program.

Turner was approved as the team’s head coach at the May 20 school board meeting.

A 2010 Hamilton graduate, Turner spent the last eight years as a Big Blue assistant. He replaces Bobby Jones, who left the program after finishing 1-22 in his lone season at Talawanda.

The Talawanda program is in need of a revamp, as Turner is its third coach in three years and seventh in the last nine. The Brave have a 27-133 record over the past seven seasons and haven’t enjoyed a winning season since 2008-2009.

Turner will continue to serve as a Safe and Secure Schools Monitor at Hamilton but said he hopes to secure a job at Talawanda if one opens up.

Oxford Lane Library Sells Books to Support Library Programs

Friends of the Oxford Lane Library hold their monthly book sale in the library’s lobby, 441 S. Locust Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

There is a great selection of children’s books, as well as fiction and non-fiction for adults. This is a great option to stock up on books before heading off to vacation.

All proceeds go to the support of programs at the library.

Oxford Cooperative Theatre Company Ventures to Solve a Mystery

The Oxford Cooperative Theatre Company presents two shows of “Murder’s in the Heir,” a melodramatic mystery that runs like a game of Clue, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave.

Adult tickets are $10 for adults and, $5 for children 10 and under, for either performance. The audience will be invited to play along and figure out who did it.

Three Valley Conservation Trust to Hold Annual Summer Picnic

Three Valley Conservation Trust will hold its annual summer picnic from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Leonard Howell Park, located on Bonham Road.

The picnic will have free food and refreshments, as well as a silent raffle and live music by local artist John Kogge.

The trust encourages people to bring lawn chairs and blankets. They also encourage people to bring bikes to ride the OATS (Oxford Area Trail System) trail, and to join a guided hike to Ruder Preserve.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ramadan Event Attracts Seekers, Religious and Not

Muslims and non-Muslims alike attended a Ramadan celebration to worship and learn about the Islamic faith. Some Miami students said events such as these help break them out of the “Oxford bubble.” While most years it occurs during the summer, this year the holiday falls on May 5 and runs until June 4, during the last few weeks of the school year.

Students Frequently Abandon Animals in College Towns

The recent local case in which “Lou” was abused by his owner was especially cruel, drawing attention to more commonplace abuses.

Developer Drops Request for Zoning Change Near High School

Spectra Student Living dropped its bid to have a parcel on U.S. Route 27 rezoned for a higher residential density.

Oxford Community Arts Center Releases New Exhibit

The show features 180 environment-themed works by students and community members.

Geometry Class Helps First Grader Conquer Playground

Talawanda Middle School students retrofitted an electric kiddie car so that Bogan Elementary student Kyle Robertson, whose cerebral palsy affects his mobility, can move around yards and playgrounds with his friends. Ryan Barter, a STEM instructor, made the project part of his eighth grade curriculum.

Friday, May 10, 2019

McGuffey To Add High School Classes Starting in Fall

The Montessori school, which currently offers preschool through eighth grade, will roll out one additional grade each year over the next four years. Classes will be held on its current campus.

School Bus To Be Transformed into STEM Classroom

Talawanda High’s Lindsey Gregg will take up a project from  Joan Stidham, who is retiring, to build a mobile STEM classroom from a school bus. Students will contribute to outfitting the bus in the fall with an eye to opening it in January.

High Street Building To Serve as Canvas for Civil Rights Mural

Artist Joe Prescher will paint large panels to be mounted on the College Avenue side of the Rittgers & Rittgers law office.

Woman Charged With Domestic Violence Is Later Assaulted

Reports of multiple incidents demonstrate a cycle of family conflict and repeated police intervention.

Sharefest Collection to Begin Wednesday

The 14-year-old event helps local families in need and extends the useful life of furniture and other household items.

Miami’s New Provost Will Take On Town-Gown Issues

Four candidates to replace Miami's previous provost, Phyllis Callahan, have been selected. The new provost will become Miami's chief academic officer but will also push towards creating connections with the community of Oxford.

Bug Expert Says We Should Mimic the Ants

Audubon Miami Valley will host an event on Monday on Leaf-Cutter Ants. The cooperative creatures may be small, but they play a big role in the rainforest.

Big City Meets Small Town at Incline Public House

Our reviewer reports on the charms of a restaurant that is just bucolic enough.

Review

Open Carry March Generates Conversation

Last Friday, advocates of the second amendment marched on Miami's campus. The event was organized by Jeffry Smith.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Jessica Greene Named Assistant City Manager

After a successful tenure as executive director of Enjoy Oxford, Greene will take over city duties that will include communications and managing new projects.

Miami Freshman with Low Vision Wants Oxford Businesses To Make Town Universally Inclusive

Shelby Rice and her colleagues worked with Skipper’s and Bagel and Deli to produce Braille menus. Now they want other local spots to expand access for disabled students and visitors.

Wallace Pleads Not Guilty to Aggravated Menacing of Frat Brothers

The former member of Alpha Sigma Phi was released on bond and his case was continued to June 6. Wallace had allegedly assaulted one member of the fraternity and threatened to kill others before his arrest on May 1.

Students Might Be Permitted To Carry Self-Defense Sprays

Because sexual assault remains a problem on campus and in Oxford, officials said the university is considering amending the policy that currently prohibits students from possessing chemical sprays such as Mace.
Oxford Weekly News: Video Newscast
A crowd packs an Oxford courtroom as a local man faces animal cruelty charges, police activity spikes at a local apartment complex, Miami’s Classics Department faces downsizing and much more.

EarthFest Celebrates, Encourages Sustainability

A festival celebrating the Earth was held in Oxford’s Uptown Park occured on April 27. Attendees explored education booths and learned about ways to help preserve the planet.

Sunday’s Golf Scramble To Benefit Talawanda Sports

Participation in the event is maxed out at 27 teams and the forecast is sunny. Past proceeds have been used to update weight rooms and other sports facilities. The group’s president said it also plans to give four $1,000 scholarships to graduating athletes next year.

Nama-Stay? Dogs Bolster Relaxation in Yoga Class

Paws for a Cause held a fundraiser this weekend with furry companions to help set the mood.

Oxford Seniors Set Dance Event Back on Track

Dancing with the Stars-Oxford Style! returned to the Community Arts Center after a four-year hiatus.

Farmers Market Summer Season To Begin Saturday

Two new vendors will sell Italian cookies and ketogenic foods that can help reduce weight gained from eating Italian cookies.

Festival Brings Israeli Culture Uptown

Students for Israel at Miami and the Hillel Association of Jewish Students hosted IsraelFest to mark the nation’s 71st year.