Open alcohol allowed downtown?

DDA drafting ‘social district’ application By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Downtown Development Authority is working on an application that would allow for the open consumption of alcohol in public places downtown. This summer, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan House Bill 5781, which allows municipalities to apply for “social district” designations from the […]

Village to fill vacancy, discuss marijuana at workshop

Village to fill vacancy, discuss marijuana at workshop

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Village Council will hold a special workshop meeting Sept. 29 to discuss the latest marijuana ordinance draft and to fill a council seat vacated by Village President Joe Frost. Depending on what the executive order is at the time, the meeting will either be virtual or in-person at […]

New sidewalks downtown, M-24 project behind schedule

New sidewalks downtown, M-24 project behind schedule

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Four and a half months in, the M-24 construction project is slipping behind schedule as the Nov. 15 deadline approaches. With the east side of M-24 now paved, crews have begun work on the west side of the highway after southbound traffic was shifted over to the east side […]

Board grants superintendent emergency powers

Board grants superintendent emergency powers

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford School Board just extended emergency powers for Superintendent Tim Throne for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. The resolution passed 7-0 at the Sept. 1 board meeting. The resolution gives the superintendent “greater flexibility to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving crisis, including ensuring compliance […]

Kingsbury, Upland Hills return to school outdoors

Kingsbury, Upland Hills return to school outdoors

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer As schools across the country struggle to find a safe way to return school with limited classroom space for social distancing, two schools in Oxford have a solution: have class outside as much as possible. Outdoor education has long been part of the educational philosophy of Kingsbury Country Day […]

M-24 southbound lane finally switched

M-24 southbound  lane finally switched

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Do not be alarmed when you see southbound traffic flowing down the left side of M-24, between Burdick St. and Drahner Rd. Southbound traffic has been shifted to the east side of the highway so construction crews can begin work on the west side. MDOT made the switch last […]

Village President resigns

Village President resigns

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Village President Joe Frost announced his intention to resign “with great consideration” from the village council on his Facebook page last week, since he and his family are moving to Bay City. Frost submitted his letter of resignation “effective at the adjournment of the next Village Council meeting […]

Yoga in the park, at the bar, on a paddleboard

Yoga in the park, at the bar, on a paddleboard

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer When it comes to yoga, craft beer is not usually the first thing to come to mind. Yet HomeGrown Brewing at 28 N. Washington, has been hosting a yoga series, suitably called “Bends and Brews,” since before the pandemic began. $15 buys an hour of guided yoga and a […]

Harvard Business Review highlights Barron Industries’ Covid-19 strategy

Harvard Business Review highlights Barron Industries’ Covid-19 strategy

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer With many businesses struggling to safely re-open, the Harvard Business Review provided some guidance using the COVID containment strategy of Barron Industries as an example. As a government supplier, the Oxford-based casting manufacturer was required to remain open and worked with the University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institute (EGI) […]

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