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.

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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.
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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.