Alton Craft and Chris Spurlin drew no challengers in announcing bids in the approaching August elections, and state law allows for such no-contest candidates to be voted in by sitting elected officials.

Bids for the nearly 8,800-square-foot station will be taken Monday at 2 p.m., Sparks said, and will look almost identical to the city’s newest station, which opened in April 2015 on U.S. 78 in Bynum. 

For the first time in more than three decades, Mayor Leon Smith’s name won’t be on Oxford ballots in August municipal elections. Barring unforeseen developments, longtime city finance director Alton Craft will succeed Smith Nov. 7.

Michael Walsh, who's son has a disorder that keeps him from eating properly, was running low on sick leave he could take when his “work family” stepped in to help. At the same time, a citywide policy change that came this year caused a decrease in that paid time off for all Oxford’s firefighters.

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