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Melanie Addington

City schools map future

If Oxford school administrators have their way, construction on a new high school could begin next year.
The new high school is just one of several building projects city school leaders are considering to keep up with the growing number of students in the district.
The Oxford School Board approved its 10-year capital improvement plan at Monday’s meeting. The plan is essentially a wish list of building needs that school administrators believe the district will need over the next decade.

 (March 30, 2010, Page 1)

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    Education briefs

    In this week’s Education briefs:

    • Lafayette Upper Elementary School honor roll
    • Tonya W. Camp graduates Excelsior College
    • The Oxford Middle School Choirs traveled to Mississippi College on Thursday for State Choral Festival adjudication.
    • Oxford High School student Tri-Thien Che was among 16 outstanding Mississippi high school seniors were honored at a luncheon last week at the Capital Club in Jackson for their academic success and their involvement in their schools and community.
    • English instructor Morgan Cutturini of Oxford participated in the Itawamba Community College’s 23rd annual Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence held recently.
    • Adrian Young was named the Mary Cathey Head Start Center employee of the month.
    • Eight Lafayette FFA students competed March 12 at the North District FFA Competition held at the Oxford/Lafayette Applied Technology Center.
    • Bradley Shields of Oxford is spending the spring semester in Florence, Italy.
    • Ole Miss is offering a reading camp to fourth- through sixth-graders in June.
    • Monday will be Mississippi Clarinet Day at the University of Mississippi.

     (March 30, 2010, Page 7)

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      Locals launch TEA party in Oxford

      The Taxed Enough Already — or TEA — party now has a home in Oxford after Senior Status Judge Kay Cobb founded a local chapter. The group, not affiliated with the national or state party, will have its first meeting on April 17 at Avent Park. (March 29, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Conference center scaling back

        A growing trend in smaller conferences and less attendees is causing the Oxford Conference Center to rethink some of its sales strategy and find ways to cut out wasteful cost.
        The Oxford Convention and Visitor Bureau’s budget is created through food and beverage taxes and a percentage of hotel/motel tax revenue and then profit from center rentals. A shrinking economy has caused a decline in all areas.

         (March 26, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Rate hike on horizon

          Flipping on your lights will cost you a few more cents next month.

          Electric bills are set to rise in April by about $3.80 a month for typical residential customers now that the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a fuel-cost adjustment to cover fluctuating fuel and purchased-power costs.

          Despite the rise, customers will still pay less this April compared to April 2009, thanks to a continuous credit that’s been in place since October. (March 25, 2010, Page 1)

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            Honoring the greenest among us

            Perhaps one of your neighbors has been capturing his or her rainwater to help their garden for years. Maybe your boss is devoted to recycling and encourages others to do the same. Whoever they are, they could be eligible for a new Sustainability Leadership award.

            The Green Week Committee is accepting nominations to provide awards during the April 19-23 Green Week celebrations.


             (March 25, 2010, Page 1)

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              Hot Tub Time Machine takes us back

              OXFORD TOWN – There is something to be said for a film that knows not to take itself or its story too seriously. “Hot Tub Time Machine” is one of those films and takes us back in time with fun 80s movie clichés blended with a time travel story. Thanks to the homage to 80s films, it is hard not to go back to the theater at least twice with friends to see this film, maybe break into song, and to try and catch what you may have missed the first time. (March 25, 2010, Page 15)

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                Counting college students complicated

                Oxford and other college towns have a vested interest in making sure students fill out their census forms by April 1.
                The number of students living in a county helps determine the number of seats in Congress a state might have, how many federal dollars can be funneled to a state and its communities, and how much student loan money is doled out.
                But, as Oxford and University of Mississippi officials are well aware, obtaining an accurate student head count is no easy task.

                 (March 24, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Education Briefs

                  In education briefs today:
                  • Anne Hemphill named teacher of the year in Batesville.
                  • Casey Kidd of Pontotoc named to Berklee College dean’s list
                  • State testing set at Oxford High School
                  • Lafayette Middle School students earn top honors
                  • OHS Class of 1990 plans reunion
                  • Students compete for Oxford Middle School Idol

                   (March 23, 2010, Page 5)

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                    Titanic sinking in 1912 brings two families closer in 2010

                    Two friends took a fateful trip together 98 years ago. Together they boarded a cruise ship named the Titanic. Fast forward to Oxford Elementary School in 2010 and two friends Sam Barnard and Luke Lilly in the INSIGHTS program discover their relatives were the linking pair that went down with the unsinkable ship. (March 23, 2010, Page 5)

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