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City of Oxford to Meet on Proposed College St. Median


-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

The City of Oxford Engineering Department will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 6 p.m., via Zoom, in order to discuss a proposed median on College Street. The median is proposed to run from Watkins Street to Alexander Street.

Officials would also like to discuss the potential for an added median on Main Street, starting at Spring Street and ending at Littlejohn Street.

Letters inviting participation in the Zoom meeting were sent to those whose properties and residences may be impacted by the proposed medians.

All those interested are invited to attend.

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City of Oxford: Halloween Activities Notice

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-Press Release, City of Oxford

While the City of Oxford, in following the guidelines outlined by the CDC and NC Governor Roy Cooper, is not planning or coordinating any Halloween activities this year due to COVID-19, traditional Trick-or-Treating activities will be left up to the decision of individual households and neighborhoods.

Anyone choosing to participate in Halloween activities and/or Trick-or-Treating is strongly recommended and encouraged to follow the guidelines established by the CDC:

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact the City at (919) 603-1100.

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Pictures Wanted for Oxford’s Annual Greeting Card

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

The City of Oxford would like to feature local scenes on the front of its annual greeting card. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are invited to enter their best photos for a chance to be featured on the front of the City of Oxford’s 2020 greeting card with authorship specified on the back of the card.

To be eligible, the photo must be taken within Oxford’s city limits and must be scenes that are appropriate for the winter or the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

It is recommended that photos be submitted by the first week of December.

Entries may be submitted in person to the City Clerk’s office at City Hall (300 Williamsboro Street), or by emailing the picture and a brief description of the picture

For more information, please contact Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.

2019 Greeting Card Cover taken by Joan Roberson. (Photo courtesy City of Oxford)

Halloween House Decoration Contest

City of Oxford’s Halloween House Decoration Contest Begins Oct. 1

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

The City of Oxford will accept nominations for its Halloween House Decoration Contest October 1-27, 2020. Get together with the family, brainstorm ideas and start decorating!

The winner of the contest will receive a Halloween-themed “candy bucket” filled with goodies.

Questions and nominations can be made through the City of Oxford’s Facebook page, by emailing or by calling (919) 603-1102.

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City of Oxford to Hold 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

The City of Oxford’s 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive will run from October 1 to November 20, 2020.

Please bring in non-perishable food items for local families in need. Drop off boxes will be located in City of Oxford departments.

With any questions, please call (919) 603-1102 or email

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Oxford Board of Commissioners to Hold Regular Monthly Meeting This Evening

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-Information courtesy City of Oxford

The Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 7 p.m. online via Zoom.

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City of Oxford to Resume Normal Disconnection Procedures July 30


IMPORTANT NOTICE: City of Oxford Utility Customers

The City of Oxford will resume normal disconnection procedures Thursday, July 30, 2020, for unpaid accounts from March 31-July 29, 2020. Bills due after July 29 will also be under normal City Utility Policy procedures.

Any utility customer with an outstanding balance from March 31-July 29, 2020, must make payment arrangements with the City of Oxford Water Department by August 7, 2020. Any outstanding balance accrued prior to March 31, 2020, will not be included in the payment arrangements.

Please call (919) 603-1120 with questions and/or to set up payment arrangements.

Executive Order 124 went into effect on March 31, 2020, and prohibited the disconnection of utility services for nonpayment and suspended assessment of late and non-payment fees. The Order was amended by Executive Order 142 to expire on July 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Resources include: (NC Utilities Commission)…/EO124-Utilities-Evictions-Financial-… (EO 124)…/EO142-Temp-Prohibitions-on-Evictions… (EO 142)

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Oxford Water & Sewer Projects Underway; City Provides Emergency Contacts

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-Press Release, City of Oxford

The City of Oxford has several water and sewer projects underway throughout the City, and as a result, some issues with water or sewer may occur. The City is here to help, including for after-hour emergencies. 

Normal operating hours for Public Works are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and for other City offices, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

If you have an emergency after hours or an emergency during a holiday, please call 911 and state you are having a water/sewer issue. Emergency management will relay your issue to the appropriate on-call employee, who will then come to assess the situation.

For emergencies arising during normal operating hours, please call the City of Oxford Water Department at (919) 603-1120. Your issue will then be relayed to the appropriate City Superintendent. 

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please reach out to Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.

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Fire Department, City of Oxford Encourage Residents to Develop Home Escape Plan

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

The Oxford Fire Department and the City of Oxford stress the importance of understanding what to do and where to go if there is a fire in your home.

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) surveys, only one of every three American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Out of 71% of American households with a fire escape plan, only 47% have practiced it; and, one-third of American households believed they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become threatening, whereas, in reality, the time is less.

So, what can you do to prepare yourself and your family? 

  • MAKE a home escape plan; draw a map of your home including all doors and windows and make sure to discuss the plan with everyone living in your home.
  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home.
  • PRACTICE your home fire drill at least twice a year and PRACTICE using different ways out.
  • TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help.
  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave;  a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • INSTALL smoke alarms inside every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • TEST smoke alarms monthly.
  • If your smoke alarms sound, GET OUT AND STAY OUT.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO UNDER.
  • CALL the fire department from outside your home. 

Planning ahead for a fire can make a difference in your life and your family’s lives. All of the information provided and more education tips can be found on the NFPA website at

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Oxford Fire Department at (919) 603-1140, by email at or call Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.

Oxford Animal Donation Drive

Rescued Kitten Prompts City of Oxford to Organize Animal Shelter Donation Drive

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-Press Release, City of Oxford

The sound of faint meowing surprised Allen West and Roger Elliot, of the City of Oxford Street Department, as they were working to fix a damaged storm drain grate off of College Street on Monday, July 13.

After assisting Granville County Animal Control, the kitten, who has been dubbed Juniper, was rescued and taken to the Animal Shelter to be evaluated. He was extremely dehydrated and a bit ill, but all who have met Juniper have described him to be a very friendly kitten. He is currently being fostered until he is well enough to be put up for adoption. 

The City of Oxford has been inspired by Juniper’s spirit and has started a donation drive in his honor. You can drop off items at City Hall located at 300 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. 

Items needed include:

  • Friskies canned food
  • Cat litter
  • Kitten formula
  • Kitten food
  • Dog and puppy food
  • Chew toys (please no raw-hides)
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Fabuloso cleaning products
  • SMALL aluminum pans

All donations collected will go to the Granville County Animal Shelter. The donation drive will run from August 3 – September 3, 2020. 

It is essential to look after all of our neighbors, including the furry ones. Help the City of Oxford take care of Juniper and all the cats and dogs currently at our local shelter. 

If you’re looking for a new addition to your family, consider adopting Juniper or one of his new friends at the shelter. Make sure to contact the Granville County Animal Shelter through their Facebook page Granville County Animal Shelter Friends to set up appointments for any adoptions.