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Harry Potter pair who have become model pupils

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Friday 23rd January 2015

SAY hello to the new Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy.

Mum must remove colourful decorations from tot’s grave

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Friday 23rd January 2015

A MOTHER who lost her unborn daughter has been told to remove colourful decorations from the grave.

Disabled residents make film telling their stories their way

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

OXFORDSHIRE residents with disabilities have made a film to show changes in attitudes and the challenges ahead.

UPDATE: Burst water pipe closes Stert Street in Abingdon

The Oxford Times: Traffic Alert general

3:19pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

ENGINEERS will work through the night to repair a burst water main which has closed Stert Street in Abingdon.

South Oxfordshire and Vale council staff are working "flat out" to recover after fire

6:30am Tuesday 20th January 2015

STAFF at a fire-stricken council are working "flat out" to get services back online for 256,000 residents, one of their chairmen said yesterday.

5.30PM UPDATE: A34 reopened near Didcot following car-transporter crash

The Oxford Times:

8:10am Monday 19th January 2015

THE A34 has entirely reopened following a crash near Didcot at 7.30am.

Uncooked fruit and veg fan is ready to spread the word

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 17th January 2015

A MUM-of-two who claims her family’s health has been improved by eating uncooked fruit and vegetables is launching an Oxford raw food group.

Emergency meetings as councils get services back online

The Oxford Times: Vale of White Horse leader Matthew Barber

7:00am Friday 16th January 2015

IT could take months for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to recover from yesterday’s fire, leaders said yesterday.

Windfall for pet charity Tiny Paws Rehoming

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Friday 16th January 2015

THEY have been taking care of abandoned animals for 20 years.

8PM UPDATE: Fire at Crowmarsh offices reignites after high winds as man remains in custody over three arson attacks in South Oxfordshire + pictures and video

The Oxford Times:

7:28am Thursday 15th January 2015

THE fire at the South Oxfordshire District Council offices has reignited after high winds fanned embers.

Exhibition to celebrate the history of Letcombe Bassett

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Thursday 15th January 2015

IN 1948 a historic Oxfordshire village narrowly avoided being flattened by a council that said it was “too old”.

Councillor hits out at proposal to build 75 homes in village

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Thursday 15th January 2015

A PROPOSED housing estate that would increase the size of a village by more than 20 per cent has come under fire from a councillor.

Diamond wedding delight for Grange Farm couple

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Thursday 15th January 2015

A COUPLE who have farmed in Oxfordshire most of their lives will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Family-run Mason’s Arms named top pub in Oxford

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 10th January 2015

A FAMILY-run favourite for real ale lovers has been crowned Oxford City Pub of the Year for the fourth time in a decade.

Joy over MBE shattered as vandals wreck minibus for the elderly

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 9th January 2015

A CHARITY’S minibus was vandalised beyond use just days after its trustee was awarded an MBE.

Interview: David Mitchell - 'School? You're having a laugh'

The Oxford Times:

2:20pm Thursday 8th January 2015

Pete Hughes meets a comedian who confesses his teen years were anything but funny

Aristocratic home brought back to life by modellers

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Friday 9th January 2015

WITH bespoke furniture, electrics and even occupants, work is under way on a 1/1000th scale model of a famed aristocratic county home.

Garage owner turns down multi-million bids for land

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Thursday 8th January 2015

A GARAGE owner said he will never sell his business, despite being offered millions of pounds every year by supermarket chain Aldi.

Golly gets in a bit of a jam with a man from the BBC

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Wednesday 7th January 2015

A MAN campaigning to save his local swimming pool says the BBC refused to interview him because he was wearing a golly doll.

Second estate plan sparks traffic fears

The Oxford Times: vale of white horse logo

10:00am Wednesday 7th January 2015

PLANS for a second new housing estate that would send more traffic on to Abingdon’s Drayton Road have been described as “horrifying.”

Calls to revive direct rail link from Oxford to Bristol backed by Oxfordshire MPs

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 7th January 2015

DIRECT rail services from Oxford to Bristol should be brought in to boost tourism and open new commuter routes, Oxfordshire County Council and two MPs said.

Call to build athletics track in Wantage

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 7th January 2015

THE new chairman of Wantage’s biggest running club has called for a full-size permanent running track and other facilities in the town.

Wood recycling firm's hoping to build on success at new HQ

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 6th January 2015

A SOCIAL enterprise giving the unemployed work recycling old wood has found a new home in Abingdon.

City suburb to recall how a generation was lost to war

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Monday 5th January 2015

IN THE four years from July 1914, the community of Grandpont lost a generation of young men.

Traders facing market axe in row over staff

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Monday 5th January 2015

A TRADERS’ co-op faces losing its last public pitch in Abingdon after members were told to quit a farmers’ market.

Couple have a ball raising cash for defibrillator appeal

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Friday 2nd January 2015

AFTER sinking hoops solidly for four-and-a-half hours, a mighty cheer went up from the crowd as Lewis Purbrick dunked the 2,000th ball.

Kennington Library revamp will start new chapter

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Friday 2nd January 2015

A VILLAGE library will get its first refurbishment in 25 years after villagers raised £6,000.

Crematorium will make a final farewell much easier

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Wednesday 31st December 2014

A NEW £4m crematorium – the third in the county – will meet a growing demand in Oxfordshire when it opens on Friday, experts say.

Police take more than 50 hoax calls per week

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

7:00am Wednesday 31st December 2014

MORE than 50 hoax calls were made to Oxfordshire police every week this year, putting genuine callers’ lives at risk.

A bumper honey harvest as Oxfordshire's weather is the bee’s knees

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 30th December 2014

BEEKEEPERS in Oxfordshire say their insects have produced more honey this year than in the past six.

Flats could be built on Wantage site that has been a garage for 70 years

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

THE owner of a Wantage garage that has been running for 70 years has said it is a “tragedy” he is having to sell it for flats.

Paramedics fought to save pensioner’s life after blaze

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Monday 29th December 2014

AN ELDERLY man described as an eccentric died after a fire broke out in his home in Marlborough Road in Oxford.

Waste plant prevents us from flushing away a small fortune

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 29th December 2014

THOUSANDS of homes are being powered by a new waste plant in Greater Leys.

Woman killed in crash with a tree by the A34 at Kidlington

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

12:24pm Sunday 28th December 2014

A 22-year-old woman was killed when her car off the A34 and into a tree near Kidlington this morning.

UPDATE: Slow traffic after bus breaks down on A34 Western Bypass at Hinksey Hill

The Oxford Times:

11:08am Sunday 28th December 2014

A BROKEN-DOWN bus is blocking part of Oxford Ring Road at Hinksey Hill.

Elderly man rescued from flat blaze above Saffron restaurant in Banbury Road

The Oxford Times: Fire engine Oxfordshire

10:49am Sunday 28th December 2014

A MAN was rescued from a flat fire in Oxford yesterday.

UPDATE: Power restored to 2,000 homes and businesses in Oxford and Abingdon

The Oxford Times: light bulb with power lines

2:53pm Saturday 27th December 2014

A POWERCUT affecting 2,079 homes and businesses in Oxford and Abingdon has been fixed.

Aiming high with cancer charity trek

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Saturday 27th December 2014

AT 68, Ron Skinner had never climbed a mountain before.

Mail reporter Pete spreads festive cheer with the Elf Academy at Millets Farm Centre

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

SOME people get Christmas jobs in High Street shops or at their local pubs.

A4130 blocked after car goes into ditch

The Oxford Times: a4130 alert

1:19pm Monday 22nd December 2014

THE A4130 is partially blocked in both directions by a car crash between Didcot and Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

The vital service of those on Oxfordshire's festive frontline who will work on Christmas Day

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

WHILE most of us are tucking into turkey or watching Doctor Who on Christmas Day, there are some people who will be hard at work. Some jobs never stop, even for Christmas, and firefighters, paramedics, policemen, chefs and even Oxford Mail reporters will be working hard. Pete Hughes met a few of them to find out what it’s like being at work while the rest of the country relaxes.

Update: Majority of county councillors stay silent over allowances rise - find out who in our interactive graphic

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Monday 15th December 2014

SCORES of councillors have refused to say whether they will take a 19 per cent increase in their personal allowances. Here we have our interactive graphic telling you if you councillor said yes they will accept the money, no, or just did not answer. Also, we have live links so you can email them your thoughts about the increase direct.

Grove family stop shaving to raise cancer research money in honour of grandad

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Saturday 13th December 2014

A FAMILY of men are going without shaving for the whole of December in honour of their “courageous” grandfather.

'Deadline looms for log cabin objections'

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Monday 15th December 2014

WILDLIFE lovers and dog walkers have warned there are just weeks left to object to a plan to build holiday homes in a wildlife haven.

Developer's appeal to build shops and flats dashed

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

A FOURTH bid to replace two 18th century Wantage shop buildings that were demolished three years ago has been thrown out on appeal.

Traders breath sigh of relief

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

SHOP owners on Didcot’s Broadway are relieved they can now stay put following the Orchard Centre’s latest expansion plans.

Benson Primary head tells how top SATs scores were helped with work from community

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Friday 12th December 2014

PARENTS, governors, teachers and children working together are the key to success, a primary headteacher says.

Four taken to hospital after Northern Bypass crash

The Oxford Times: A40 alert

7:49am Thursday 11th December 2014

FOUR women were taken to hospital after a two-car collision on the Northern Bypass, Oxford, last night.

Fall in number of 'top-rated' secondary schools in Oxfordshire, but more primaries see ratings go up

The Oxford Times: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

7:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

THE percentage of teenagers going to good or outstanding secondary schools in Oxfordshire has gone down by two percentage points.

Missing moggie home again after a nine-week walkabout

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

WHEN Fiona Cook and partner David moved from Little Wittenham to Harwell, Hugo, one of their three cats, went walkabout.

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