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Alyssa Schnugg

Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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    Grandson follows family tradition

    Retired Lt. Col. Sidney Johnson had the pleasure of performing one more duty Saturday morning as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

    Inside the sanctuary of the College Hill Presbyterian Church, Johnson swore in his grandson, Timothy Burnam, into the U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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      Former coroner wants his job back

      Former Lafayette County coroner Lonnie Weaver has qualified to run in November to regain the position he resigned from last year after pleading guilty to embezzling funds from the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiners Association. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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        James Alexander Ventress: The Father of Ole Miss

        Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)

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          Feeling like an orphan when mom leaves town

          My dad and I have been orphaned this sweltering month of July. I find no other words to describe it better: My mom has been out of town.

          She and my sister left for Taiwan at the beginning of the month. Shortly after they left, I was walking through the house when I was struck by a faint memory. (August 20, 2010, Page 1B)

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            Freshman looks forward to being Ole Miss student

            Incoming freshman Nicholas Smith is looking forward to his new college career at the University of Mississippi. He, along with hundreds of other students, moved into his dorm room Thursday. Read about his new adventure in today’s Oxford Living. (August 20, 2010, Page 1B)

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              Younger Scruggs asks court to vacate his conviction

              In what appears to be an attempt to gain back his ability to practice law, David Zachery “Zach” Scruggs, is asking a federal court judge to vacate his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme that sent several attorneys to prison, including his father, noted former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. (August 20, 2010, Page 2A)

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                Lawmakers listen to public about redistricting in 2011

                Even the Oxford-Lafayette County area is not safe from redistricting, according to maps and information provided Thursday evening at one of several meetings being held by the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting.

                The meeting was held in Fulton Hall on the University of Mississippi campus with about 75 in attendance. About 20 representatives and senators from around Mississippi who are on the committee were also present, including Tommy Reynolds, who represents parts of Lafayette County. (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Kiosk receives cool reception

                  A new kiosk that is suppose to make renewing driver’s licensee or getting a duplicate license faster and easier is now located inside the driver’s license office in Lafayette County. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Courthouse clock available for viewing for the last time

                    Clockmaster Lloyd Larrish has been busy for the past two weeks putting pieces of the courthouse clock together in his hotel room. Thursday citizens Oxford will have a brief time to view the 1870 clock up close before it is lifted upon its base on Friday. Plans for the clock to be fully operational should be Monday or Tuesday of next week. (August 18, 2010, Page 1)

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