Friday, October 25, 2019

New Talawanda coach rebuilds team at the core

Talawanda’s new Football Coach, Larry Cox, is determined to change the culture within his team. Cox has changed several aspects of the football program, including the length of practices, emphasizing weight-lifting to prevent injuries and most importantly, the attitude of his players. Striving for goals that go beyond the scoreboard, Cox wants his players to take ownership of their performance and be above the success of any single player.

Two Butler County medical marijuana dispensaries open

With the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016, pot has been sold in dispensaries in Ohio since January of this year. Now two stores have opened in Butler County -- one in Seven Mile and another in Monroe.
Fall in Oxford

Halloween event draws kids, puppies to Uptown Park

Oxford Parks and Recreation held a family friendly trick-or-treat, parade, and pet costume contest for Oxford residents Thursday night. The event included activities such as face painting and games. The pet costume contest was a great hit and the whole event drew a large crowd.

Halloween events continue throughout the next week

Miami and Oxford kick off Halloween this weekend. Here is a listing of events that are safe for family and friends.

Miami's Haven helps to decrease drug related arrests

A program that helps people with addiction called Haven, which started at Miami University in 2017, appears to have helped  decrease non-alcohol drug arrests in Oxford. The Haven at College is a national organization that collaborates with universities to provide substance abuse and mental health services to college students and college-bound individuals. Miami's program is the first in Ohio.

Oxford charges Miami student with animal cruelty

Miami student Zichang Li pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of cruelty to a companion animal, after police said her pet rottweiler had been locked in a cage in her apartment without adequate food or water over a period of weeks.

'They That Matter' exhibit opens at Hiestand Galleries

Larry Winston Collin’s new exhibit “They That matter” is now open to the public for viewing at the Hiestand Galleries on Miami University's campus. This showcase brings light to victims who have faced racism and  injustice throughout 21 portraits. The exhibit is free and will be on display until Nov. 21.
Entertainment

‘Modern Love’ on Amazon brings original love stories to life

‘Modern Love’ is a new Amazon Prime original that is based on the original New York Times column. It features acclaimed actors like Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Andy Garcia to tell these love stories.

News Briefs

Hueston Woods State Park hosts honeysuckle cut

Hueston Woods State Park hosts its fall honeysuckle cut, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the park’s nature center, 6301 Park Office Road.

The public is invited to help battle this invasive species which chokes out native plants. Volunteers will cut and weed so that native vegetation can reclaim the land throughout the park.

The event is free and water and snacks will be provided throughout the day.


This week’s RedHawk sport schedule

Miami RedHawks schedule: Oct. 25-31

A light week filled with lots of away matches after a busy home schedule for last week’s Family Weekend, here’s a look at the schedule this week for the RedHawks.

Oct. 25

Field Hockey at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana, 7 p.m.

Hockey at Colgate, Hamilton, New York, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26

Swimming and Diving at Eastern Michigan (W), Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2 p.m.

Football at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Hockey at Colgate, Hamilton, New York, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 8 p.m.

Oct. 27

Field Hockey vs UC Davis, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Soccer vs Kent State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Oct. 30

Radio Schedule vs Hawk Talk with Coach Martin, 6 p.m.

Oct. 31

Soccer vs Ball State, Oxford, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs Findlay (Exhibition), Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Ohio Voice director to speak at Miami about voter rights

Camille Wimbish, election administration director of Ohio Voice, will be the keynote speaker for the presentation “Protect the Vote: Voter Suppression and Rights in 2020,” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Leonard Theater of Miami’s Peabody Hall.

The presentation is the latest installment of the lecture series sponsored by the Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund for Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights. There will be a reception after the speech.

The League of Women Voters will be setting up a voter registration booth for those in attendance.

Oxford Seniors hosts annual Holiday Market next Saturday

Oxford Seniors hosts its annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the organization’s headquarters, 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford.

The event features handcrafted gifts from local artisans, homemade baked goods, knitted and crocheted items, stained glass and more. 

The center’s Top of the Hill Café will be open during the market, offering a Bean Soup Luncheon for $3.50. 

Lane Library celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights

Oxford’s Lane Library will celebrate Diwali, the traditional Hindu Festival of Lights, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the library, 441 S. Locust St.

The public is invited to come and learn about the customs, rituals, and traditions that mark this celebration of good over evil, and to enjoy a mini street fair.

The event is free of charge and part of the library’s Enchanting Asia series.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Ohio Democratic debate draws locals to watch party

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

Forum hosts candidates for city, school board, township elections

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

Family farm market kicks off fall season

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

TriHealth gains total ownership of McCullough-Hyde

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

Library hosts author of book about 'Bourbon King'

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

Uptown festival showcases Asian culture, cuisine, performances

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

Weekend brings Miami families, economic impact to Oxford

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

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

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

News Briefs

Howl at the moon with the Oxford Community Arts Center

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

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

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

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

Miami has public skate night at Goggin Ice Center

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

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


Miami sports raise awareness for cancer this Family Weekend


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

Oct. 18

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oct. 19

Swimming and Diving at Zip Classic, Akron, Ohio

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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

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

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


Oct. 20

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida

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

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


Oct. 21

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida


Oct. 24

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

Football team to support cancer awareness

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

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

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

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

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

Free Goat Yoga session this Saturday

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

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

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

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hope Solo: A champion for change, equality

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

Democratic debate in Ohio next week to highlight top 12 candidates

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

Lakota, Talawanda districts implement new safety measures

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

Kettering Health breaks ground for medical building

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

Resident fights ash borers with Chinese wasps

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

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

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

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

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

News Briefs

Miami Art Museum to host Day of the Dead celebration

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

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

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

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

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

Miami Employee Benefits and Wellness offers free blood pressure checks

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

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

Miami Film Studies, Farmers Market screen farm documentary

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

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

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

Miami hosts lecture on perfecting the perfect cup of joe

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

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

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

RedHawks face Western Michigan in second MAC matchup


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

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

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

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

Kickoff is at noon at Waldo Stadium.



Miami University weekly sports schedule

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

Oct. 11

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

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


Oct. 12

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

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

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

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

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


Oct. 13

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

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


Oct. 14

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


Oct. 17

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Fraternity members face charges from hazing incident

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

Police report new scams targeting students, adults in Oxford

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

Miami names soccer venue Bobby Kramig Field for former coach

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

Uptown bars party with a nod to the environment

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

Construction for Phase II of Oxford Area Trail System underway

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

Community, students enjoy the paved trails around Oxford

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

Beekeeper painting disappears from campus cottage

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

Miami plans to change employee healthcare provider in 2020

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

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

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

News Briefs

Soccer star to speak about equality in sports

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

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

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

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

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

League of Women Voters of Oxford host candidates' forum

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

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

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

Miami University weekly sports schedule

Oct. 4

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

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

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

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

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

Oct. 5

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

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

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

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

Oct. 6

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

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

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

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

Oct. 7

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

Oct. 8

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Eric, Wisconsin

Oct. 9

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

Oct. 10

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

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

Kettering breaks ground for new medical building in Oxford

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

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

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

Clothesline Project brings attention to violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audubon Miami Valley hosts its 41st annual birdseed sale

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

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

Friday, September 27th, 2019
Politics

Ohio congressmen react to impeachment inquiry

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

Miami Poli Sci chair outlines process to remove a president

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

Students create nutritious recipes for food pantry

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

Bird scooters may be migrating back to Oxford

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

Crawford hesitant to sign Climate Leadership agreement

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

MOON Co-op supports local farms, environment

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

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

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

Miami  study abroad student compares nightlife in Oxford to Kosovo

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

News Briefs

Miami RedHawks sports head into league play

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

Sept. 27

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, IN

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

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

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

Sept. 28

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

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 29

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

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

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

Sept. 30

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 1

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 3

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


Relive high school glory days at '80s themed prom

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

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

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

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

After Ohio State loss, Miami Redhawks football hosts Buffalo

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

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

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

The Hueston Woods Halloween Festival returns this weekend

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

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

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

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

Get into the fall spirit at the annual Apple Butter Festival

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Butler County announces first vaping illness

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

Talawanda school district receives C grade on state report card

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

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

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

Electric scooters are here to stay

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

Service group repurposes items for those in need

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

Oxford celebrates 14th annual UniDiversity Festival

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

Miami: Board of Trustees approves new health science building

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

Oxford: Development will bring 25 new single family homes

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

News Briefs

Students strike to get University to take stand on environment

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

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

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

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

Talawanda Middle School annual craft fair funds field trip to zoo

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

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

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

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

Miami Redhawks have busy schedule this coming week

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

Sept. 20

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Volleyball vs. Dayton, Columbus, Ohio, noon.

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 21

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

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

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

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

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

Sept. 22

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

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

Sept. 23

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sept. 26

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California.

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

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

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

All donations are for the benefit of the fire departments.

Darrtown Fall Festival returns this weekend

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

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Democrats gather in Oxford restaurant
to watch presidential candidates in debate

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

New Miami program builds community for dementia patients

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

Butler County PAC endorses candidates for November election

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

Miami Rec Center celebrates 25th anniversary

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

Miami leases Hawks Landing for overflowing dorm capacity

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

Poet illuminates line between math, poetry

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

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Police suspect arson in mobile home fire

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

News Briefs

Oxford City Council meets to discuss law director candidates

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

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

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

Oxford hosts its 31st annual Masters Games

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

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

RedHawks fall sports back in action

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

Friday, Sept. 13

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

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

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

Saturday, Sept. 14

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Sept. 15

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept. 19

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

Oxford Methodist Church gathers rummage to help others

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oxford PD receives another drug use prevention grant

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

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

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

Friday, September 6, 2019

Miami Homecoming: Bundy concert, 5K and football

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

Oxford Police show off their upgraded station

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freshman quarterback makes Miami football history

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

Oxford reaches out to residents through biweekly e-newsletter

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

City council signs promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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

Burger King delivers Impossible Whopper to Oxford

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

News Briefs

Geography students help replot Bahamas on map after Hurricane Dorian

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

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


Pups get playday Saturday at the Oxford pool

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

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

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




Oxford commemorates Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September

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

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

About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer.

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

Local woman dies in suspected drug overdose

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

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

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

 


RedHawks take on Tennessee Tech in Homecoming game Saturday

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

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

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



Film festival highlights religious movies during month of September

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

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

City Council called to act on climate change

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

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

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

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

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

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

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

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

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


Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

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

Oxford Juvenile Arrested for Carrying a Concealed and Loaded Gun

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

First of Ten Pub Runs Draws Four Dozen Participants

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

Miami Students Build ‘Creativity City’

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

Coalition for a Healthy Community Focuses on Talawanda Youth

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

Changing Minds with Rhymes

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News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

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

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

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

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

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

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

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

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

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

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

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

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

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

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

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

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

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

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

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

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

City Council called to act on climate change

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

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

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

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

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

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

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

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

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


News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

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

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

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

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

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

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

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

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

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

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

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

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

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

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

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

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

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

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

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

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

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.
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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.