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Pondering traffic control and speeders

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a state trooper stopping someone on a rural road, wondered about traffic laws, enforcement and dealing with speeders. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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    City, county, MDOT workers deserve lots of credit

    We applaud the planning by city, county and state officials, and thank the workers for Oxford, Lafayette County and the Department of Transportation for all of their work in making streets, roads and highways passable during this week’s winter storm. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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      Don’t like the snow? Don’t worry, we’ll have something different soon

      Watch the weather over the next week or so. Watch how we go from a winter snowstorm and temperatures in the teens to thunderstorms and temperatures in the 60s. It’s just the way weather goes in north Mississippi — if you don’t like what you get today, just wait for t0morrow. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Crime Report


        Neighborhood Watch

        A listing of local burglaries supplied by law enforcement agencies to warn residents to take extra security precautions:

        — The Oxford Police Department reported a vehicle burglary at the 200 block of South 18th Street.

        — The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department reported one residential burglary on Highway 9.


        Oxford Police

        Officers investigated six wrecks, issued 33 tickets, and made six arrests on the following charges:

        — Two for domestic violence with simple assault

        — Careless driving, possession of drugs and DUI

        — Careless driving, one headlight and DUI

        — Speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia

        — Expired tag, driving while license suspended and no insurance

        Officers investigated the following reports:

        — Three alarms

        — Three for shoplifting

        — Two petty thefts

        — Two suspicious activities

        — Suspicious vehicle

        — Ambulance assist

        — Missing dog

        — Trespassing

        — Lost property

        — Civil matter

        — Abandoned vehicle

        — Malicious mischief

        — Vehicle burglary (See above)


        University Police

        Reports unavailable this morning.


        Sheriff’s Department

        Deputies investigated two wrecks and the following reports:

        — Three alarms

        — Animal complaint

        — Residential burglary (See above)

        — Petty theft

        — Seven service calls

        — Vandalism

        — Scam

        — Four traffic complaints

        — Follow-up report


        Oxford Fire Department

        No activity to report.


        Lafayette County Fire

        No activity to report.


        County EMS

        Six EMS calls were reported in the county.

         (February 25, 2015, Page 2A)

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          UM Music Department presents Black History Month concert

          University Communications


          As part of the University of Mississippi’s observance of Black History Month, the Department of Music  will present its annual concert Thursday night.

          The event begins at 7:30  in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

          “The Department of Music does a Black History Month concert every February, led by the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble and featuring a variety of musical ensembles and guest performers,” said J. Ryan Breeland, program coordinator.

          “Our repertoire features Ghanaian dances and compositions by William Grant Still, Ayatey Shabazz, William Owens, Michael Ndow, Robert Sheldon, Len ‘Boogie’ Sharpe, Rafael De Leon, et al, John Rosamond Johnson, Daniel Kelley, Mary Lou Williams and Oliver Nelson.”

          Featured ensembles include the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, directed by George Dor; the UM Steel Orchestra and World Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ricky Burkhead; the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michael Worthy; and the UM Concert Band, directed by Randy Dale.

          Guest artists scheduled are Johnny Lane, renowned percussionist and UM professor emeritus; Samuel K. Elikem Nyamuame, co-director of Binghamton University’s African Music and Dance Ensemble; and Damien Wash, vocalist and UM alumnus. Music student soloists are George Money, vibraphone; Christopher Scott, saxophone; Kashaun Wortham, violoncello; Brandon Collins, clarinet; and Jasmaine Wilbert, lead voice.

          A UM wind quintet will also perform. Members include Donnie McGee, flute; Pamela Ponce, oboe; Kim Cassisa, clarinet; Traces Brooks, horn; and Madison Lorenzo, bassoon. Accompanists are Gordon Jason and Stacy Rodgers.

           (February 25, 2015, Page 3A)

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            Full stories available with delivery issues

            Because of the winter storm in the area, some deliveries of today’s Oxford EAGLE may not be possible until later in the week. We will attempt to deliver as many as our carriers can safely deliver, and send those we can’t deliver out Thursday if roads are clear. Also, The Oxford EAGLE offices will close early today because of the weather and travel conditions.

            As a service to our readers, we will be posting full versions of our bylined stories in today’s paper on the website, oxford (February 25, 2015)

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              Oxford Film Fest: The Dirty Dozen

              In a “Your Turn” column, Melanie Addington takes a look at the Oxford Film Festival and all its meant to many in the community over the past dozen years, and she invites all to take part in this week’s events to watch, learn and celebrate the film industry. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Rep. Mayo’s state income tax bill getting lots of looks

                Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Helen Phillips writes to say that Terrence Metcalf and an unidentified person who helped a stranger in need restored her faith in people “doing the right thing,” while Joe Bonica writes about taking a closer look at some of the numbers in reports about lynchings. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Weather often puts superintendents in no-win situations

                    School superintendents have to make tough decisions regarding  having school when there’s the threat of inclement weather, and they are really in a no-win situation since Mother Nature ultimately decides whether their decisions were good or bad. Consider, however, that their responsibility is the safety of thousands of youngsters and you need to give them the benefit of the doubt. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)

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