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Alyssa Schnugg

West Point cadet helps invent tourist toter

Going up 146 stairs to the Statue of Liberty’s crown to rescue someone who has fallen ill or suffered a heart attack can be a grueling climb.
Getting the patient back down those same stairs in a timely fashion is an even bigger challenge.
But for Oxford native Spurgeon Petty, one of eight U.S. Military West Point Academy engineering cadets who were commissioned by the National Park Service to create a safer way to evacuate seriously sick or injured tourists, the challenge was one he welcomed. (June 4, 2010, Page 1B)

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    Author helps cut down garden maintenance

    This year, persistent rains played serious havoc and frustration with my usual gardening schedule and routines. A good friend, and fellow Master Gardener, mentioned she was attempting to simplify her gardening. Shortly thereafter, a highly praised and widely recommended book came to my attention. The book is, “The New Low Maintenance Garden” by Valerie Easton. (June 4, 2010, Page 2B)

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      Summer camps for grownups

      While there are no canoes, butterflies or swimming pools involved, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is offering adult summer “camps” that will help grownups learn more about their creative talents.
      The classes include learning how to take photographs on black-and-white film and developing them in a dark room; how to  convert your home movies to DVD; and an introduction to the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement when filming with video. (June 4, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Rain could postpone movie night at Avent Park

        With a 60 percent chance of rain predicted for most of the day today, the Oxford Park Commission’s first Movie in the Park event might have be put off for another day. OPC officials say they will decide by 3 this afternoon whether  to postpone the event to Saturday. Check the OPC website at www.oxfordparkcommission.com or call 232-2380. (June 4, 2010, Page 3A)

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          FEMA offers advice; info on keeping homes safe

          The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on hand throughout the week at the Oxford Home Depot to offer suggestions on how to keep homes safe when severe weather strikes. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)

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            Family to hold memorial fish fry in honor of organ donor

            It’s been five years since Janis Parker lost her husband, John Robert Parker Sr., after his eight-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and a massive stroke.
            Despite her loss, Janis is comforted knowing his death has helped others live.
            On Saturday, friends and family will meet at Friends Park in Tula, a place Parker enjoyed visiting when he was alive. (June 3, 2010, Page 2)

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              Rotary Club dedicates park pavilion

              The pavilion at Pat Lamar Park, donated by the Rotary Club of Oxford, is now officially in the hands of the city of Oxford
              The club raised $25,000 two years ago to go toward the construction of the pavilion, designed by architect Tom Howorth.
              On Tuesday, the club joined city officials at the park to dedicate the pavilion to the city. (June 2, 2010, Page 1)

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                Alan Nunnelee wins GOP primary Tuesday

                A runoff election won’t be needed in the 1st Congressional District with state Sen. Alan Nunnelee winning the Republican primary Tuesday.
                Unofficial results show Nunnelee defeated former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and Lafayette County native and former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan. (June 1, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Those who gave all

                  While current and past veterans were recognized Monday,  the annual Memorial Day  ceremony at the National Guard Armory was a time to remember the veterans who didn’t make it back home. (June 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    OPD gets grant for communications equipment

                    Curious minds might want to know what Oxford police officers are up to, but thanks to a grant, new radios will soon prevent most police chatter from being heard on scanners. (June 1, 2010, Page 2A)

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