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

Hueston Woods Arts & Crafts Fair Seeks Volunteers

The Oxford Museum Association seeks volunteers to help stage the 54th Annual Hueston Woods Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. It will run from 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. both days. The earliest volunteers will arrive is 9:30 a.m. depending on which position is selected. No volunteer is asked to work more than a two -hour shift.

The fair is the major fundraiser for preserving Oxford historical sites and providing educational programing through the museums.

To sign up to volunteer on Saturday, June 8.

To sign up to volunteer on Sunday, June 9.

Follow the instructions and select a time slot that fits your schedule. Volunteer opportunities include food service, parking/gate attendants, hosting the Doty House, hosting the Barn and staffing the museum association volunteers tent. Volunteers receive free admission to the fair

Midpointe Library Summer Concert Series Rocks Out in Park

This week marked the start of the Midpointe Library’s Summer Concert Series in the city of Trenton, Ohio. The series is hosted at the Trenton Amphitheater, an outdoor venue at the community park, which will feature a different musical performance every month throughout the rest of the summer.

On Thursday, May 23, The Hiding, a local band performing a variety of rock, country, and blues, kicked off the series. The next show is set for Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m. and will feature The Gamut, a local Cincinnati rock band.

All performances in the Summer Concert Series are free, family friendly and host local food trucks and breweries.

Oxford Sings Spotlights Destination Imagination

Oxford Community Arts Center presents Oxford Sings from 7 p.m.— 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, showcasing members of the community performing to support a local cause.

This month beneficiary of the concert is Destination Imagination, a volunteer-led educational non-profit that teaches STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principals to kindergarten through university level students around the world.

The musical evening will feature performances by Marsh McQueen, Damon Byrd, the Talawanda DINamics Divas, students of Studio 318 and students from the Oxford Music Academy.

Tickets are $5 at the door and attendees are encouraged to bring some extra cash for the bake sale and other snacks.  

Plein Air Painters Will Hosts Bi-Monthly Paint Out

The Plein Air Painters of Oxford will hold one of their twice-monthly “paint outs” at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

The group has no board, officers or regular meetings. Although, it usually gathers on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Anyone who wants to participate is invited to come.

En Plein Air or plein air painting, is a French term meaning “open (in full) air,” or painting outdoors, according to the arts center. During inclement weather, the group has been known to set up on the art center’s covered porch or even in a room inside the building. For additional information, contact

Final Oxford Walking Tour Will Be Held on Saturday

The last guided Oxford Walking Tour of National Historic Preservation Month takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 25, along Oxford’s East Vine Street.

Walkers will see and hear about a stretch of 20th century bungalows and homes where Miami faculty once lived.

The free event is sponsored by the Smith History Library Outreach Program, McGuffey House & Museum and Oxford’s Historic & Architectural Preservation Commission.  Participants should meet in front of 301 N. Poplar St.

Musician Hosts Oxford Hootenanny

Host Larry Wayt will lead an old-fashioned hootenanny at 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Lane Library, 441 S. Locust St., Oxford.

There will be plenty of foot-stomping and guitar-picking in this acoustical jam party. Wayt will touch on the principles and etiquette of jamming, while leading the audience in old and new tunes. The event is open to beginners and experienced musicians. Bring your instruments and plenty of enthusiasm.

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.


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.