Oxford 7 closes for good, but sends mixed messages

Oxford 7 closes for good, but sends mixed messages

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Between bankruptcy and COVID-19, it looks like downtown’s GQT Oxford 7 movie theater has closed for good. On the afternoon of March 24, the GQT Oxford 7 Facebook page posted this message: “To Our Community: We regret to inform you that we are shutting down for good. We’ve enjoyed […]

Where to pick up a restaurant cooked meal in Oxford

By Teddy Rydquist Leader Staff Writer Beginning at 3 p.m. on March 16 and lasting until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-9 mandated the closure of theaters, bars and casinos statewide. The order also limited restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders, temporarily banning all dine-in services. With many family-friendly […]

Leader Editorial: Neighbors helping neighbors, supporting local business

It may seem have we found ourselves — collectively as a community, state and as a nation — in a situation that we’ve never been before. But, individually, as families and yes even our community has faced hardships before. Community newspapers have reported on times of war, great depressions, mass suffering and local tragedies. And, […]

Oxford hunkers down for COVID-19

Cancellations and updates to help you get around this week   In the wake of COVID-19 coronavirus shut-downs, event cancellations and closures continue to roll in. Cancellations and Closures The playgrounds at Seymour Lake Park and Stony Lake Park closed from March 19. The Parks and Recreation Department cited research that suggests the virus can […]

Leonard couple celebrate 65 years

Leonard couple celebrate 65 years

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Eugene “Geno” and Marlene Mallia were married at the Leonard Methodist Church 65 years ago, on March 19, 1955. Besides a three-month stint in Detroit, they’ve lived their entire marriage in Leonard. They met on a blind date in 1954 when Marlene was in nursing school at St. Joe’s […]

Jr. Wildcat coach tests negative for COVID-19

Jr. Wildcat coach tests negative for COVID-19

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Joe Bice wasn’t feeling well a couple weeks ago. The Jr. Wildcat Football coach and 1990 Oxford High School graduate had a fever, then chest congestion, a headache, and all the aches and pains he could handle – all possible symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. He […]

Fire Department awarded grant for electrostatic sprayers

Fire Department awarded grant for electrostatic sprayers

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer In less than 24 hours after applying, the Oxford Fire Department was awarded a $7,997.98 First Responder Grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation to purchase two Clorox Total 360 electrostatic sprayers. These machines will be used to regularly disinfect the fire department’s 17 vehicles (including four ambulances) and two […]

Addison, Oxford close offices to public

By Teddy Rydquist Leader Staff Writer Residents preferring to pay their bills in-person at the Charter Township of Oxford will have to find a temporary change of plans. Located at 300 Dunlap Rd., the front doors of the building began adorning signs on March 16 informing residents of the closure to the public. “The township […]

OPD chaplain Steve Porter remembered

OPD chaplain Steve Porter remembered

Steve Porter is going to be missed. He served the Oxford Police Department as a chaplain and part-time dispatcher for 30 years. “He was a great person to talk to,” Police Chief Mike Solwold remembers. “He was easy-going, pleasant to be around, always there.” As chaplain, Steve assisted officers and citizens during times of tragic […]

New Facebook page Gives Oxford Credit

New Facebook page Gives Oxford Credit

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer It was already going to be a tough year for Oxford’s small businesses with the massive M-24 construction project. Then the unthinkable happened. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all dine-in restaurants to close. With little notice, many of Oxford’s establishments hustled […]