Content related to the removal of the stone mound located behind the Oxford Exchange shopping center
Experts refute claims in 2nd mound report Some experts and academics around the state are disagreeing with a University of Alabama archaeologist’s report concluding a pile of stones in Oxford is a natural phenomenon — not built by American Indians centuries ago.
Alabama archaeologist releases report A University of Alabama archaeologist has released a report stating his case that a stone mound in Oxford was created by natural forces and not by Native Americans centuries ago as was indicated in a report he signed last year.
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Patrick McCreless Star staff writerAnniston Star
UA professor defends claims about Oxford mound OXFORD — A University of Alabama archaeologist Wednesday said more investigation had led him to believe natural forces created a pile of stones that an earlier report bearing his signature said had been erected by humans hundreds of years ago.
UA expert: 'Mound' is still there OXFORD — A University of Alabama archaeologist Tuesday told the City Council natural forces created a stone mound that was the source of controversy in 2009, contradicting a report he signed last year, which claimed the mound was likely made by human hands about 1,000 years ago.
Debating Star’s coverage of Oxford mound I want to clarify the record in regards to a Jan. 28 story in The Star, “UA professor defends claims about Oxford mound,” that discussed my credentials without mentioning the credentials I do have.
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Robert A. Clouse Special to The StarAnniston Star
Mound of embarrassment I am embarrassed every time I read an article like I read this morning in The Star. It was written by reporter Patrick McCreless about our rich Native American culture in Oxford. He is obviously a man of knowledge and culture. He knows what a rich Indian history we have. Oxford, listen and learn from him.
Fighting for their beliefs I have heard of "fair-weather" friends, but this is the first time I've heard of "fair-weather" Indians. The modern-day Indians aren't like those we were raised with in the westerns. They would be out there fighting for what they believed in, no matter the weather.
A good end to bad story? Securing stone mound's legacy There's no reason to shed tears anymore over the Native American stone mound in Oxford. What's done is done. The hill is unsightly, equal parts eyesore and embarrassment for Mayor Leon Smith and the
city. There is much blame and shame to go around Oxford City Hall. There is no magic wand anyone can wave to return the hill to its prior state.
Any cocoon of stability that may have surrounded Anniston Middle School is now shattered. Last month, after decades of debate, the Anniston Board of Education voted to close the school on Alabama 21 and move its students to other campuses as part of a system-wide reorganization and cost-cutting measure. Last week, Superintendent Joan Frazier announced her retirement for June 2014, meaning someone else -- possibly from outside the system hierarchy -- will shepherd the system through the middle school’s closure. And Tuesday, the state Board of Education included Anniston Middle on its list of “failing” schools that, as part of the Alabama Accountability Act, will allow parents zoned for AMS to receive tax credits if they transfer elsewhere. For the Anniston Board of Education, the state board’s list of 78 “failing” schools represents two different headlines -- both significant. No other Anniston schools made the list. (For that matter, Anniston Middle was the only school in Calhoun County to be deemed “failing” by the state board.) Anniston High School, whose dropout and graduation rates have long been serious civic concerns, and the system’s five elementary schools are free of both the stigma and the practicality of being considered “failing” institutions. We are glad that’s the case. But the other headline didn’t bring a sigh of relief to a city desperate to use public education in its efforts to reinvent the city’s outlook on vital matters such as job creation, economic growth and crime reduction. A city without vibrant and well-supported public schools is a city that struggles to educate its children and sustain its future. A city without successful public schools is a city that faces stagnation and decline, not prosperity. That is Anniston’s struggle today. Our advice is to consider Anniston Middle School’s label as a “failing” school as part old news and part opportunity. Don’t overreact. Instead, see Anniston Middle as what it is -- a school already destined for closure. That’s not a rationalization; it’s a fact. What’s important now is the system’s still-developing reorganization that, once completed, is expected to lessen the system’s fiscal concerns. More important, still, is this community’s understanding that the education of the children within Anniston’s public schools must be a grade-A priority. It is not the priority solely of the city’s educators or its black community, whose children are overwhelmingly the majority of the city’s schools. It must be a priority for all who want Anniston to prosper. Make no mistake: We are disappointed that the state considers Anniston Middle School a “failing” school. But we cannot lose focus on the larger, vital picture -- the reinvention of Anniston’s school system and the improvement of its public education. The ailments are well known. Repairing them with hard work and rational decisions is the key.