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Kona Bistro closes suddenly after 20 years, blindsiding regulars and employees

It was Saturday night of Move-In Weekend and Blake Jennings, co-owner of Kona Bistro with his brother Tyler, sat inside Left Field Tavern with a beer in hand as he watched the meager foot traffic go by outside the window. “I should have been yelling at my cooks during the dinner rush,” Jennings said. “But instead, I was sitting in a bar on what is supposed to be one of my busiest nights of the year.” Business had been going downhill for around a year before Kona decided to shutter their 20-year-old locally loved business. “You know, there’s usually...

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Amid rumors of collusion, candidates received common aid

When campaign signs for four candidates in Oxford’s upcoming city council election began popping up together in store windows, front yards and on third-party signposts outside Oxford, online discussions appeared, calling into question the existence of a “bloc” or “slate” between nearly half the contenders in the nonpartisan election. “I am formally inviting Jace Prows, Austin Worrell, Drew Davis, and Samantha Elizabeth Vogel to explain here, publicly, why their signs are being placed as what I refer to as ‘The Gang of Four,’” an Oxford Township resident wrote in a now-deleted post in a community Facebook group. “What is...

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Miami Student hosting Oxford City Council Debate Oct. 18

Oxdebate-poster   The Miami Student will be hosting its first city council debate in recent memory at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Wilks Theater. There are nine candidates for four spots on Oxford’s city council. All will be in attendance to discuss their views on Miami-Oxford relations, business and residential development and relevant social issues. The candidates include: Austin Worrell, the first undergraduate Miami student to run for Council in recent history. Worrell — studying political science and business law and set to graduate this spring — is a current ASG senator, as well as former ASG...

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Council approves zoning changes, aiming to improve student housing

City Council unanimously approved sweeping zoning changes to decrease living costs, increase housing availability and move student rentals closer to Miami’s campus in Oxford’s Mile Square. The eight separate ordinances were first read on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and then approved on Sept. 19. In them, the Planning Commission and Director of Community Development Jung-Han Chen lay out a vision for an Oxford that allows high-density student rentals to cohabitate with the city’s historic character. The biggest changes come in density and occupational limits. Council decreased the required lot size and now allows use of accessory buildings — any secondary...

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