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.

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, 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.

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.

News Briefs

Miami University Students Graduate Saturday

Miami University hosts 2019 graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday in Yager Stadium. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues, who graduated from Miami in 1992, will give the commencement address.

Pegues has received three Emmy Awards during the course of his thirty-year career and the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence in coverage along with the rest of his CBS team in 2017. He resides in Washington, D.C. where he focuses on justice and homeland security coverage for CBS.

A total of 4,498 degrees will be awarded, according to the university, including 105 certificates, 92 associates, 3,904 bachelor’s 381 master’s and 16 doctorates.

The ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live for those unable to attend in person.

How Much Can You Fill In A Sack for $3

Oxford United Methodist Church holds its annual community rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight (Friday, May 17), and from 9 a.m. to 11p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the church, 14 N. Poplar Street.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, customers will be able to fill a large grocery sack with all the merchandise they can squeeze into it for $3. The event is sponsored by the Oxford United Methodist Women

Children Cast A Line For Fun This Weekend

Children 6 to 16 years old can test their fishing skills from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at the annual Passport to Fishing Derby sponsored by the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department, Oxford Police Department and the Oxford Bass Club.

The event is being held at South Farms Pond, off Kehr Road. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, the most fish caught and a casing contest.  

Ryan Himes, program manager for the parks and recreation department, said all equipment will be provided to participants, along with free food.

Canoe Under The Stars

Paddle by the light of the silvery moon, with a nighttime canoe excursion, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hueston Woods State Park.  

Space is limited and registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants will gather at the park marina, go over some canoeing basics and then hit the lake for an exploration of nature’s nightlife around the water’s edge.  

BYOB to a Painting Class at Oxford Community Arts Center

A bottle and brush session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Oxford Community Arts Center will concentrate on painting bees, to coincide with the Save the Bees theme of the May 23 Des Fleurs Garden Club Plant Sale at the art center.

Bottle and brush is a periodic event at the center involving “fun” art rather than “fine” art, according to the organizers. The center provides instruction, canvas, aprons and paint, while participants, who must be over 21, pay a $35 fee to join in the BYOB event.  

No previous painting experience is necessary. Registrations must be made in advance at oxarts.org.   Bottles that you bring should be limited to beer, wine, and pre-mixed pouches.

56th Annual Ceremony Reflects on History of our Ancestors

The 56th Annual Salute to Pioneers takes place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Butler County MetroParks’ Indian Creek Church and Burial Ground in Reily Township.

Chad Smith, executive director of Three Valley Conservation Trust (3VCT), will speak on preserving our rural landscapes. The event also is to include the Pineridge Partners Judy and Warren Waldron playing old-time music.

All of this will be followed up with a social hour that includes “treats and punch.” The event is free and open to the public.

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 Millett 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.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Recent Car Break-ins Claim $33,000 in Stolen Goods

Theft reports have increased over the past few months. Police said thieves are hitting  parking lots at apartments, rifling through locked and unlocked cars.

$4.5 Million Aquatic Center Set to Open May 25

Contractors and city officials said that the construction of pools, slides, and other features at Oxford Community Park is under budget and probably on schedule. The city will offer free swim lessons for younger groups at the new facility this summer.

Police Identify Explosive Device as Aerial Salute Firework

After multiple surgeries and over a month in the hospital, 12-year-old Caleb Bogan has been released from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The incident occurred when Bogan and his friend Brendon Jones found an aerial salute firework in an alley near McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital’s parking lot. The baseball-sized device was partially lit and exploded when Bogan attempted to light it.
Sustainability

Oxford Boasts Deep History of Sustainability Efforts

Student groups at Miami have been pushing local environmental efforts forward for decades. Our reporter looks at the history of green activism and the responses of the city and the university to these efforts.

Miami Football Fans Get Season Preview at RedHawks Showcase

Miami is searching for a new quarterback, a running back and a linebacker to replace graduating players. Last week’s events provided fans a glimpse of next season’s possibilities.

Paws for a Cause Yoga Event to Help Local Family Adopt Service Dog

Paws for a Cause will host a benefit yoga event Sunday to help raise money for a service dog for a Brookville, Indiana family.

Simultaneous Events Represent Opposing Viewpoints on Abortion

Students for Life and Feminists Working on Revolutionary Democracy hosted meetings across the hallway from each other to present opposing sides of a controversial issue.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Oxford Residents Lament Notre Dame Fire

A fire struck the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday. Members of the Oxford community, including many in Miami’s French department, recalled how the 850-year-old monument had played a role in their lives and education.

Ashley Mickens, who visited Notre Dame during her semester at MUDEC in fall 2018, poses on a bridge crossing the Seine River in front of the cathedral. Photo provided by Ashley Mickens

Reporter Leanne Stahulak stands in front of the main doors of Notre Dame during a 2018 trip to Paris. Photo provided by Leanne Stahulak

Dawn-Marie Young holds her toddler in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in 1998. Photo provided by Dawn-Marie Young

From the square in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Miami student Erin Glynn took this picture of the exterior of the historic monument during a 2015 trip. Photo by Erin Glynn

The rose window inside Notre Dame Cathedral in 2015. Photo by Erin Glynn

The exquisitely detailed statues lining the exterior walls of Notre Dame in 2015. Photo by Erin Glynn

Kelsey Hopper, Nicole Olenskaia and Carli Williams snap a group selfie in front of Notre Dame Cathedral during a 2017 trip. Photo provided by Carli Williams

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.

Ohio's Poet
Friday, April 12, 2019
uptown

Improvement District Proposed for Uptown to Handle Litter Pickup, Snow Removal and Streetscaping Projects

Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere and an ad hoc committee suggested creating a Business Improvement District to formally share the costs of routine maintenance. To do it, the city must win the support of the property owners.

Chunxi Kitchen, Destroyed by Fire Last Fall, Is Demolished

The spectacular kitchen fire was a $300,000 combined loss to the building owner and restaurant proprietor. Now the lot will be reclaimed by grass until its owner, Hamilton Construction & Services International, steps in.

Green-Leaning Citizens Gather for Climate Summit

Members of environmental groups and other community organizations met at Oxford Presbyterian Church to report on their climate-related work. Conversation focused intently on preserving and caring for trees, both uptown and on campus.

‘Take Back the Night’ March Hails Beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Feminists Working on Revolutionary Democracy (F-WORD) organized the march from Armstrong Student Center to uptown, where many shared personal stories of sexual violence.

Screen Printers Passionate about Art and Community

Born and raised in Oxford, James Hamblin and his aunt, Chrystal Matix, opened Inksmith Graphics. They make custom merchandise that’s drenched in creativity (and sometimes glitter).

Host of TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear’ Talks Self-Esteem

Clinton Kelly visited Miami April 8 for a lecture titled, “Dressing for the Body You Have, Not the Body You Want.”

Warmer Weather Brings Spring Ball Back to Oxford

Springtime in Oxford brings back youth T-ball, softball and baseball programs. An opening day ceremony is set for mid-May.

Crossroads Oxford Sends Missionaries to Build Irrigation System

Miami students and other members of the Oxford community visited Ndwedwe, South Africa.

Bird Pulls Out of Oxford, Leaving Lime to Rule the Scooter Market

Lime scooters reappeared on Oxford’s streets early in the spring semester, but the Birds did not. Now the company has stopped responding to queries about whether it has permanently departed.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Student Charged with Second-Degree Felony for Selling Baked Goods Said to Contain Hashish

Oxford police arrested Talawanda High School student Joshua Shrader, 18, on March 27 for allegedly selling baked goods laced with hashish to classmates in the school locker room. Both classmates were minors; only one was charged with drug possession.

Explosion Victim Returns Home

After losing his hand in an explosion, Talawanda Middle School student Caleb Bogan, 12, returned home. He left the hospital Monday, but the damage he suffered will follow him for the rest of his life.
ENVIRONMENT

Composting Program Begins Saturday in Oxford

Miami seniors Madison Olds and Katja Diekgers launched a zero-waste initiative on Miami’s campus to bring sustainability to Oxford. Different components of this initiative included a pop-up shop in Armstrong Student Center and a new composting program in Oxford. The pop-up shop allowed students to buy and sell used clothing, and all the profits went towards benefitting the program. Olds and Diekgers also led trash pickups in Oxford.

Middle Schoolers Explore Climate Change through Action-Oriented Art Program

Talawanda Middle School students, led by teacher Cindy Kettlewell, began the effort to educate the community on climate change. Kettlewell started this movement by assigning an open-ended project, the only directions being to create art that inspires initiative to take action on climate change.

LGBTQ+ Figure Discusses Struggling with Identity

Laverne Cox, the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy award,  addressed Miami students when she spoke at Hall Auditorium Thursday night, April 4. Cox explained why she’s grateful for her life’s hardships and ended by challenging the audience to allow themselves to be imperfect.

Council Salutes Rights Activist

City Council commended Sybil Harris Miller for her social justice contributions in Oxford. Miller maintains that her work on civil rights in the 1960s was the most significant.

Asian American Association Hosts Festival Tonight

Cultures will merge during the annual Asian Culture Festival held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in uptown Oxford.

The Deep History of Poetic Rhythm

Iambic pentameter is not just for creative writing and literature nerds, our columnist writes. It holds a key to our language’s past.

Ohio's Poet
Friday, March 22, 2019

Boy Airlifted to Hospital after Fireworks Accident

Two 12-year-old boys were injured by a modified pyrotechnic device that detonated in an uptown alley. One was airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as the other was treated at McCullough-Hyde Hospital and then taken to Children's.

Former Bar Will Become Apartments, Retail Space after Long Delay

After gathering cobwebs for two years, the upstairs of the former bar and restaurant 45 East will become a four-bedroom apartment with retail space for lease downstairs. Environmental factors have delayed development on the site of the former Follett’s bookstore, which is under the same ownership, a city official said.

Queens of Oxford: Drag Shows Grow an Audience

The monthly shows at Bar 1868 are an outlet for LGBTQ+ perf0rmers living in Oxford. The shows are gaining an enthusiastic fan base among Miami students and draw talent from around the state, including Cincinnati.

Books & Brews to Replace Quarter Barrel

With a unanimously approved loan from the Community Improvement Corporation, an Oxford couple wants to open the Indianapolis-based franchise in Oxford. They hope to be ready by June, in time for the Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival.

Art Club Members Brighten School with Mural

Students in fifth and sixth grades at Bogan Elementary School painted a colorful, whimsical mural in their hallway. It was inspired by Mary Blair, the creator of Walt Disney’s “It’s a Small World,” said Bogan art teacher Amber Krimmer.

Green Beer Day From Start to Finish

Our reporter breaks down the annual holiday traditions from Wednesday night to Thursday.

Increased Alcohol Awareness Reduces Green Beer Day Accidents

Green Beer Day data is compared to show a decline in accidents, even though no students attended this year’s Green Beer Day forum.

Note to Readers

The Observer will not produce an issue next week while student reporters are on spring break.

Ohio Observes Statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week

As spring approaches, tornadoes become more likely in the Midwest. March 17-23 has been set aside to help Ohio residents learn how to stay safe during severe weather.

Local Donuts Under Review

With a Dunkin’ Donuts coming to town, Oxford’s local donuts from Dough-Versity and Oxford Donuts taste-tested against out-of-town creations.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Construction to Begin on Second Phase of Oxford Area Trails

The new segment will run along the edge of Western Campus and end at Peffer Park.

Groups Ask City to Support Uptown Wi-Fi Proposal

The Student and Community Relations Commission and Miami's Associated Student Government have issued resolutions in support of bringing uptown online. Enjoy Oxford, which would implement and oversee the service, has asked for proposals from telecom companies Cincinnati Bell, Frontier and Spectrum.

Planning Commission Tables Developer’s Request for Rezoning

Residents on adjoining property objected to the plan for additional high-density housing in the area of the high school.
Oxford Weekly News: Video Newscast
More on wi-fi and planning commission; deaths of Talawanda baseball coach Tim Reed and Miami police dispatcher Warren Bisdorf; Uptown businesses are doing more recycling; news from around campus.
drugs

Former Cabinet Members Sound Alarm on Opioid Overdoses, Advocate Naloxone and Drug Courts

At the Janus Forum on Wednesday evening, Loretta Lynch and Tom Price discussed both public health and law enforcement in the ongoing U.S. crisis of drug abuse.

Business Students, Local Partners Tackle Substance Abuse

During Social Innovation Weekend, held March 8-10 at the Farmer School of Business, young entrepreneurs worked with several local agencies concerned with addiction and mental health.

United Way Survey Asks How Local Donations Should Be Spent

The organization, which funds services in Oxford for seniors and the chronically ill, is gathering input on future work.

Girl Scout Cookies to Fund Educational Trip

One local troop said it will use the proceeds from this year’s sale to take a four-day trip to the place where Girl Scouting was born.

Hueston Woods Naturalists Plan Snake Soirée

The St. Patrick’s Day event features two timber rattlesnakes and a host of other reptiles. Naturalists hope to make it an annual event.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Local Christians Embark on Annual Tradition of Lent, 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection

During Lent, many Christians focus on their relationships with God and give up their favorite pleasures. The observance begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes with Easter.

Miami Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Exceeds Expectations at Mid-American Conference Championship Meet Since 2006

Miami placed first among the five teams in the four-day tournament, accumulating 956 points, compared to the 899 of second-place Missouri State. Miami swimmers and divers also broke three school records and one MAC record.

Richard Campbell Receives Award for Outstanding Service

The Benjamin Harrison Medallion is awarded annually to a faculty member for “extraordinary contributions related to teaching, research and service.” Since his arrival at Miami in 2004, Campbell transformed the journalism program and helped ensure local news coverage of Oxford through the Observer and other outlets for student reporting.

Some Students Prefer Private Gym to Rec Center

Royal24, located at 507 South College Avenue, has attracted more than 200 members since opening in January. The new gym gives students and locals a smaller-scale venue for working out.

Art Museum Turns 40

More than four decades of artworks from Miami and the Oxford community highlight the museum’s history in a new exhibition.

Art Gala Will Benefit Oxford Community Center

Tomorrow’s affair, beginning at
6 p.m., will feature art recognizing different world cultures, food and music.

All-Woman Cast Stages ‘The Revolutionist’

“History is tragic and funny and messy and loud,” the director said. “So is this play.”  

Friday, March 1, 2019

Woman Held Captive and Beaten by Ex-boyfriend

Oxford Police arrested Mark Reisert of Liberty, who reportedly held Oxford resident Tylor Lakes against her will, injuring her and threatening to harm her 4-year-old daughter. Reisert is in the Butler County Jail awaiting a grand jury’s decision on whether to charge him with a felony.

Oxford HR Director Is Out: Assistant City Manager Job Created

Former human resources director Candice Turpin was earning almost six figures when she left her job abruptly in January. The new position, now open for applicants, will include her duties and more, said City Manager Doug Elliott.
Mental Health

Demand for Services Outpaces Local Resources

Psychologists in Oxford and at Miami University have long waiting lists. Funding for public care is more difficult to come by and the shortage of mental health professionals is becoming more acute. Some local non-profits have joined the struggle but see a steep road ahead.

‘My Anxiety’ Illustrates Interior Turmoil

During a talk at the Oxford Community Arts Center, William ‘Bill’ Doan demonstrated his singularly artistic foray into research on depression and other forms of mental illness.

Get Vaccinated, Officials Advise Following Hep-A Outbreak

High-risk groups who are also prone to mental health issues can protect themselves from the disease.

Sweet and Sticky 53 Years Running: Pancake Lovers Will Converge on Hueston Woods for Maple Syrup Festival

The first two weekends of March at Hueston Woods will be filled with joy and loads of syrup as the park hosts its annual festival.  

Oxford Seniors Gather for Annual Soul Celebration

Betty Daniels Rosemund delivered personal accounts of the discrimination and segregation against African Americans she witnessed during her early life in New Orleans.
Oxford Weekly News: Video Newscast
On this week’s show, Oxford has a troubled past in racism, Miami announces its Spring 2019 commencement speaker and renovations are approved for two Miami dorms.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Campus Rape Under Investigation, MUPD Says

Chief John McCandless said the Feb. 7 incident was atypical in that it happened outdoors and the assailant was a stranger. Police described him as a tall, muscular, college-age white male.

Parkland Gun Violence Activists Urge Young Americans to Create Political Change

David Wind and Alex Hogg, who survived last year’s massacre at a Florida high school, spoke on campus Monday. “There’s nothing stopping [it] from happening again,” Wind said.

Cold Weather Causes Wild Animals to Shelter in Oxford Attics

Pest control workers are busy evicting critters seeking warmth. One student said her Main Street home had been invaded by three possums, two skunks, a raccoon and a groundhog. “Sometimes it sounds like fight club up there,” she said.

Middle School Art Club Displays Peace Project

The club gives students access to forms of creative expression that can also be meaningful for society. Their project to create peace poles is part of an international movement.
Oxford Weekly News: Video Newscast
This week: Why Talawanda now has a school resource officer assigned to each of its school buildings; new data suggesting a drop in dangerous drinking habits; how the city will pay for its new aquatic center; plans to upgrade High Street; why the campus will be full of geeks this weekend; a big honor for a small pizza joint AND a conversation with the Oxford Observer.

THS Senior Braelynn Wagers Honored for Remarkable Service

She racked up 1,400 hours of community service, making an “everlasting” impact on Oxford.

Gerald Miller, 73

The former economics professor had been a longtime advisor to Greek organizations and a community volunteer.

Obituary

Kay Porter Phillips, 77

A memorial service will be held Saturday for the professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology.

Obituary
Friday, February 15, 2019

$500,000 Contribution Will Help Build Oxford Trails

The DuBois family of bookstore fame made the extraordinary gift, partly owing to their longtime fondness for cycling. The first major trails donation, it will help secure matching grants.

City Leases Merry Day Park for New Food Pantry

After 12 years of operating on the grounds of Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services will construct a new building in the northwest corner of town.

Miami Budget Cuts Won’t Include Layoffs, Administration Says

In a Feb. 7 email to employees, President Greg Crawford announced a series of budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year. But a university official said that layoffs were not expected to be part of the belt-tightening.

Council Considers Restrictions on Spread of Student Housing

Four proposals to rezone residential areas would disallow renting to students and aim to preserve family neighborhoods.

Professor Talks About Religious Identity and Being an Ally at Meeting on LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Amy Shaiman told the local chapter of Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays about how her religion, Judaism, has informed her activism. “It is my responsibility to educate about and advocate on behalf of those who do not have the privilege that I carry,” she said.

In February, Hearts Are More than Valentines

Our reporter explored local and state health outlooks during this American Heart Month.

Jazz Trio Earns Standing Ovation at Second Friday

Tammy Kernodle and The Company delighted listeners at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Music Scene

Amanda Abbott Wins Kiwanis Scholarship and Citizenship Award

Teachers nominated the Talawanda student for the honor, which included a $100 cash prize.

Hot and Heavy: Public Sculptures by Art Students Are Nearly Complete

Six Miami University students are helping to finish four steel sculptures in the new performing arts center at a Chicago middle school, where students helped to design and plan them. The massive pieces of artwork are very heavy and, during welding sessions, very hot.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Ohio Flu Sufferers Are Surprisingly Few This Year

Despite an unseasonably low number of influenza cases to date, experts say that February can be the most hazardous month. They still recommend flu shots and other measures to prevent an outbreak.

City Council Makes Sustainability Its Top Priority for 2019

After a recent retreat for strategic planning, City Council put environmental concerns at the top of a list that also included housing, transportation, economic development, historic preservation, and communication with the public.

Miami Preserve Residents Evacuated after Frozen Pipes Burst

Temperatures in the negatives last week caused pipes to burst at the apartment complex, forcing many students to move to a hotel. The apartment complex has informed students that it could be up to two weeks until they can move home.

Women Slip Into Something More Cultural

The organizers of Oxford’s celebration of World Hijab Day asked women to try on the traditional Muslim headscarf as a way of gaining insight into the practice of wearing it. The event’s purpose is to fend off stereotypes surrounding the hijab and promote it as a symbol of women’s empowerment.

City Offers Art Classes for Kids and their Parents

Wee Paint!, a monthly family event put on by Oxford Parks and Recreation, drew a devoted following after just a few sessions. Along with their parents, children between the ages of 3 and 7 enjoy themed painting activities led by teachers from the TRI Community Center.

Far from Home, Chinese Students Ring In Year of the Pig with Confucius Institute Festivities

Celebrations of Chinese New Year start on Feb. 5 and run until Feb. 19. Chinese students take this time to remember their culture and participate in iconic traditions that stem from Chinese mythology.

City Tries to Assist Tenant Who Says Lights Cause Her Seizures

Christine Rose said that she had tried, to no avail, to convince The Commons’ managers to repair the flickering lights.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Sean McVay, Former Redhawk Player, Would Be Youngest Head Coach to Win Super Bowl

Moving fast and hitting hard over his career in college and NFL coaching, the 2008 Miami graduate has achieved remarkable success as a coach. Those who knew him on the field said he has always been confident and decisive.

New Studio Location Expands Offerings of Oxford Music Academy

Jon Sanford moves his popular music lessons out of his home and into a new space. A grand opening is this weekend.

Girl Scout Leading Uptown Mural Project

Ella Cope is working toward a Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. She recently received a $1,000 grant to plan a public art project that will memorialize three civil rights workers who were killed by white supremacists during Freedom Summer in 1964.

Polar Vortex Blows into Oxford, But Cold Won’t Last Much Longer

Extreme low temperatures this week caused Talawanda schools to close three days in a row. The cold has been deadly across the country, but no local fatalities or injuries have come to our attention.  

Sleepless in Cyberspace

The Global Game Jam at King Library kept its dedicated participants up all night.

W.E. Smith Trust Announces Grants to Preserve History

The legacy of the former Miami history professor and Oxford resident is to give life to historical books and sites.

Slang for All Time

Over and again, words on the margins of acceptability burst into the open and crystallize the formerly indescribable.

Ohio's Poet
Friday, January 25, 2019

Miami Provost Announces Retirement After 31 Years at the University

Phyllis Callahan is closing out her career as Miami's chief academic officer. Her accomplishments include leading a $50 million fund to invest in new academic efforts and promoting the growth of the nursing program.

Charging Stations for Electric Cars May be Installed Uptown and Around Campus

The Oxford Environmental Commission discussed ongoing talks between Tesla, the city and the university on the viability of adding charging stations for electric cars around the city and campus.

Talawanda’s New Football Coach Lays Out His Plans for Next Season

Larry Cox held a “Meet the Coach” night on Wednesday to present his vision for the future of Talawanda football, which will prioritize strength-training and injury-prevention.

Oxford, Miami and Talawanda Remember the Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event featured a proclamation from Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, a keynote address from sports journalist Terence Moore and a student artwork display.

Kramer Elementary Student Holds Two No. 1 State Titles in Swimming, Qualifies for Junior Olympics

Anna Gregg, a fifth-grade member of the Miami Makos swim club, qualified for the Ohio Junior Olympics after her performance at the Mid-State All Star Swim Meet this month.

Late Shift Workers Share a Look Into the Other Side of Oxford’s Nightlife

“It gets so crazy and so busy that you don't have a chance to be bored enough to get tired,” said Bagel & Deli employee Callie Miller. We catch a glimpse into working the city's graveyard shift through the eyes of the Bagel & Deli crew, a firefighter and a hookah lounge manager.

Raspberry Pi Teaches High Schoolers Computer Smarts

Talawanda students used the computer kits to create and display final projects, which included video games and an insult generator.

Oxford’s League of Women Voters Explain the Importance of the U.S. Census

The league’s event Wednesday night answered questions on how the government uses the statistical information.

William Hargraves, 86, Remembered

Hargraves served his country as a pilot and his community as a teacher and mentor. He was also an alumnus of Miami University.

obituary
Friday, January 18, 2019

Snow Emergency Might Be Followed by More Storms

We report the numbers on what last weekend’s Level 2 snow emergency cost the city in work hours and road treatments. More winter weather is forecast for this weekend.

The city plows the streets, but Oxford residents and business owners are supposed to clear the sidewalks that border their properties. Photo by Julia Arwine

A walk across Miami’s Academic Quad on Tuesday. Photo by Julia Arwine

People enjoyed the snow by sledding down the hill in Peffer Park, Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Julia Arwine

A patriotic snowman in front of a house on Church Street, Thursday afternoon. Photo by Julia Arwine

Miami Halfway Through Two-Decade Dorm Renovation Plan

The costly remodeling that began in 2009 is scheduled to end in 2028 with Peabody Hall.

Remembering Tim Reed, Talawanda’s Head Baseball Coach

A native of Hamilton, he also taught and coached in the Hamilton School District for 32 years prior to starting at Talawanda in 2015.

obituary

New Year Brings Change and Improvement to Oxford Police Department

Hiring a new officer, moving into the new station and handling break-ins at vacant student properties are all on the agenda for 2019.

Talawanda Working on New Five Year Plan

With the former superintendent's plan wrapped up last May, the new strategy will focus on school climate and curriculum. Committees are mobilizing to create a program that will be responsive to both current and future needs in the district.

Quarter Barrel Gives Few Answers to Sudden Closure

The restaurant closed both its Oxford and Hamilton locations. The future of the microbrewery's liquor permit is also in question.

How A Not-So-Typical Student Athlete Prepares for Competition

“I really only have one aspiration in the sport of long drive, and that is to be the best in the world at it,” said Miami senior Thomas Broders. The informal collegiate golfer is overcoming an injury and training for this year's world championship.

Talawanda Board of Education re-elected Mark Butterfield as its president and Mary J. Roberts as vice president during the board’s 2019 organizational meeting on Monday night.

Butterfield has been a board member since 2003 and is a graduate of Talawanda class of 1990. Roberts has been a board member since 2009 and an educator since 1968.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Jan. 28 in the Talawanda High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Regular meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month, unless there is a holiday on that date, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. Photo courtesy of Talawanda School District

Friday, January 18, 2019

Snow Emergency Might Be Followed by More Storms

We report the numbers on what last weekend’s Level 2 snow emergency cost the city in work hours and road treatments. More winter weather is forecast for this weekend.

The city plows the streets, but Oxford residents and business owners are supposed to clear the sidewalks that border their properties. Photo by Julia Arwine

A walk across Miami’s Academic Quad on Tuesday. Photo by Julia Arwine

People enjoyed the snow by sledding down the hill in Peffer Park, Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Julia Arwine

A patriotic snowman in front of a house on Church Street, Thursday afternoon. Photo by Julia Arwine

Miami Halfway Through Two-Decade Dorm Renovation Plan

The costly remodeling that began in 2009 is scheduled to end in 2028 with Peabody Hall.

Remembering Tim Reed, Talawanda’s Head Baseball Coach

A native of Hamilton, he also taught and coached in the Hamilton School District for 32 years prior to starting at Talawanda in 2015.

obituary

New Year Brings Change and Improvement to Oxford Police Department

Hiring a new officer, moving into the new station and handling break-ins at vacant student properties are all on the agenda for 2019.

Talawanda Working on New Five Year Plan

With the former superintendent's plan wrapped up last May, the new strategy will focus on school climate and curriculum. Committees are mobilizing to create a program that will be responsive to both current and future needs in the district.

Quarter Barrel Gives Few Answers to Sudden Closure

The restaurant closed both its Oxford and Hamilton locations. The future of the microbrewery's liquor permit is also in question.

How A Not-So-Typical Student Athlete Prepares for Competition

“I really only have one aspiration in the sport of long drive, and that is to be the best in the world at it,” said Miami senior Thomas Broders. The informal collegiate golfer is overcoming an injury and training for this year's world championship.

Talawanda Board of Education re-elected Mark Butterfield as its president and Mary J. Roberts as vice president during the board’s 2019 organizational meeting on Monday night.

Butterfield has been a board member since 2003 and is a graduate of Talawanda class of 1990. Roberts has been a board member since 2009 and an educator since 1968.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Jan. 28 in the Talawanda High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Regular meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month, unless there is a holiday on that date, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. Photo courtesy of Talawanda School District

Friday, January 11, 2019

Oxford Businesses Increasingly Refuse to Recycle

Business owners won’t pay Rumpke for the recycling bins they say are regularly contaminated with landfill by careless uptown residents and visitors. Meanwhile, Talawanda has made progress on reforming its rubbish habits, but residential grants for recycling are drying up.

Local Faith Leaders Dismayed by Vandalism to Uptown Churches

From shattered windows to urine in the confessional, acts of vandalism by students have haunted churches located close to the weekend party scene. Pastors from St. Mary’s and Oxford Presbyterian talk about their close neighbors who disrespect church property.

Art Program for People with Dementia Spreads Far Beyond Miami

Opening Minds through Art, begun by a graduate student in gerontology, now has 400 facilitators throughout the U.S. and Canada. “I see this better version of myself, and that’s what students see too,” said Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, who started the program in 2007.

Bags to Mats Program Turns Trash into Treasure for the Homeless Community

A local initiative repurposes plastic bags into “plarn” that can be crocheted into functional mats.

Citizens of the Year Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Oxford Community

Among the five honorees is John Skillings, who helped create the Oxford Observer.

Talawanda High School Hires New Football Coach 

New hire Larry Cox previously coached football for 21 years at Lakota West High School.