Down in a hole
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Jan 22, 2013 | 3484 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Large muddy sink hole near the Publix in Oxford. The problem may cost local officials money, but it should not delay the opening of the grocery store. (Photo by Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star)
Large muddy sink hole near the Publix in Oxford. The problem may cost local officials money, but it should not delay the opening of the grocery store. (Photo by Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star)
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If we didn’t know any better, we’d suggest a bit of Native American karma is getting the best of the city of Oxford.

Thankfully, we don’t believe in such paranormal mumbo-jumbo. But skeptics might feel something otherworldly is surrounding Oxford’s attempts to build on the old Davis Farm site that’s long been a treasure trove of Indian artifacts.

The latest problem is a big ’un — a Texas-sized sinkhole that’s formed on one side of the Oxford Commons property. The Publix grocery construction is ongoing, but until something’s done with that big ol’ sinkhole, no construction can begin on the Commons’ other buildings.

Speaking of construction delays, how can we forget the youth sports complex? Two years ago, workers found Indian remains at that part of the Davis Farm site; lengthy delays ensued. Today, there’s still no youth sports complex.

It’s quite a sight: On the west side of Leon Smith Parkway is a crater large enough to lose an RV in. On the east side is a desecrated hill that once bore a Native American burial mound — until city workers ruined it and, in essence, began the city’s showdown with karma.

The lesson: Sometimes it’s best to just leave things alone.
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