Happy to the fact that Mayor Pat Patterson won a second-term and deserves it. Despite challenger Todd Wade attacking him with ads that fabricated the truth (remember my OHS Performing Arts article, spending doubling, not having a solution to Old Taylor Road Traffic Congestion - which ironically enough we now know it is about to start construction) about as often as the few missteps he pointed out (like all people do) he did during his first term as Mayor. Congrats to Jay Hughes and Robyn Tannehill - who has done several great things for Oxford already - as new Ward 1 and Ward 2 leaders respectively. Ney Williams did a fine job during his one term he had as an Alderman and EO Oliver has had a fine career serving Oxford in which he lost in a friendly battle for the seat.
Congrats to Sam Kendricks for becoming an NCAA Champion in the pole vault. I do not recall anyone from Oxford High School prior to this year that has won a Championship (Team or Individual) in the NCAA. Like I said before, the sky is the limit for Kendricks. I'm a firm believer if he keeps this up, we will see him in 2016 in the Rio Olympics.
Oxford is getting a new Bowling Alley - and I'm within walking distance from it. Woot! It is where the old 10-theater building is next to Wendy's and Della Davidson. Malco bought it and is going to turn it into an entertainment center.
Former Charger & Alabama Crimson Tide pitcher Charley Sullivan was drafted in the 29th Round of the MLB first-year Draft. It is very exciting for him that he has a chance to continue his baseball career. He does have a tough decision as prior to this year he was focused on starting on his path to get a law degree from Alabama - so signing a contract is not automatic for Sullivan. He has done what very few get the chance to do: Becoming a professional player in a "Big 4" (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL) sport. He could always come back and get that law degree or take classes en route to the degree while pursuing a professional career in baseball.
Yes, I've heard OHS Boys Soccer & Girls Track & Field Coach Jamie Perkins from what I've heard appeared to have resigned from the two positions. He is still employed at the OSD. It was labeled as a "personal matter" according to the Oxford Eagle. And no, I have no idea why either. He led OHS to 4 titles - 3 in Girls Track, 1 in Boys Soccer - during his short time at OHS. The best thing is to ask him yourself - and not by text message or a phone call, but likely you have to ask him in person.
I've probably missed more than this but I'm trying to catch up just like I do every time I go on a vacation. #11 of Oxford's Dandy Dozen will be released tomorrow. #10 on Friday.