Not only did Oxford's freshly passed 1996 budget allow for a 6 percent raise for all employees, it also anticipates the creation of a new community center at the old Friendship School.

The accident occurred just south of the Home Depot at the Oxford Exchange, around 7 p.m., when a driver tried to pass traffic in front of him and got into a northbound lane.

Uniformed EMS workers sat in theater seats near the stage of the Oxford Performing Arts Center, where the city has held council meetings for months. Council President Chris Spurlin asked if the service would not be able to make payroll without emergency action from the council.

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