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Alyssa Schnugg

Saluting our vets

Several Veterans Day events are planned in the community to honor those who served their country. Read about these events in today’s Oxford EAGLE.

 (November 9, 2010, Page 1)

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    Oxford students honored Monday for high test scores

    Eighteen Oxford School District students, in grades third through eighth, were honored during Monday night’s regular School Board meeting for obtaining the highest possible scores on the math section of the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2.

    One student, Christi Forgette, achieved the highest possible score on the language arts portion of the test. She was in sixth grade at Oxford Middle School when she took the test in May.

    Thirteen of the students attend Della Davidson, four are from Oxford Middle School and three are from Oxford Elementary. (November 9, 2010, Page 2)

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      Boy Scout builds fence for veterans

      John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Family comes forward to claim woman’s body

        The body of a woman labeled a pauper at last week’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting has been claimed and put to rest by family members in Bruce.

        Natalie “Nikki” Coleman was buried in Bruce Saturday in a family burial plot.

        Coleman was found dead in her University Arbors apartment on Oct. 28. On Monday, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy told supervisors he could not locate family to pay for Coleman’s cremation. The board approved to foot the bill under the county’s Pauper Burial policy. (November 8, 2010, Page 2A)

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          Retiring judge honored

          The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.

          He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31.  About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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            No loose dogs allowed at Lamar Park

            Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.

            Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.

            The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)

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              Narcotics agents hope to keep new ‘legal’ drug out of Oxford

              Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.

              Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.

              Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.

              “We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.

              The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.

              “They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)

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                Past, present come together at Homecoming game

                Pat C. Lamar isn’t going to let a simple thing like a broken hand, wrist and arm keep her from attending this weekend’s Homecoming Queen Reunion at the University of Mississippi on Saturday. Lamar was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1961.

                She will be one of 36 former homecoming queens who have registered to attend the first-ever queen reunion.

                The chairwoman of the reunion, Annabeth

                The idea for a reunion came from former Homecoming Queen, Annabeth Freeman Wyatt, who was crowned queen in 2000.

                Each former queen will be recognized individually at a welcome reception at 9 a.m. Saturday in Butler Auditorium inside the Triplett Alumni Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1B)

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                  Burn bans lifted in state, county

                  Gov. Haley Barbour lifted a statewide burn ban Wednesday after heavy rains soaked much of the state.

                  Following suit, Lafayette County has also lifted its burn ban as of this morning, according to Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Jerry Johnson.

                  Johnson was granted permission by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last month to lift the ban when he and the Mississippi Forestry Commission felt it was safe to do so.

                  Johnson said he spoke with the Forestry Commission this morning and they were agreement to lift the ban this morning in the county. (November 4, 2010, Page 2)

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                    Two courts deny voting lawsuit

                    The lawsuit, filed by Earl Tucker, 96, on Oct. 20, claims the state was violating his rights by placing observers in voting precincts who might require someone to present photo identification.

                    On Oct. 28, U.S. District Court Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. dismissed the suit which asked for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the observers and challenged the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition that will be appear on the November 2011 statewide ballot. The measure, if successful, would require photo identification at all voter polls in the state.

                    Tucker’s attorney, Alvin O. Chambliss of Oxford, filed a motion of injunction with the Court of Appeals which denied the motion on Monday. (November 3, 2010, Page 3)

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