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The VFW will host karaoke singing and dancing every Friday night at the Veterans Building across from the State Veterans Home. Doors open at 6 and  singing and dancing starts at 7. Use one of their disks or bring your own. Food and drinks available. Admission is $5. The public is invited. (April 2, 2010)

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    Mississippians Jazz Ensemble

    The Mississippians, the University of Mississippi’s principal student jazz ensemble, is slated to present its annual spring concert Thursday, April 15, at Nutt Auditorium.

    A second concert is scheduled Friday, April 16, at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center in Jackson.

    The ensemble is to perform the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie along with works by contemporary composers Rob McConnell, Charles Mingus, Theloneous Monk and others.

    Admission to the April 15 concert on campus is free to the public. Admission to the April 16 concert in Jackson is $5 at the door. (April 2, 2010)

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      New outreach offers meals, counseling

      Members of Rivers Hill Church of Christ prepared and served meals Wednesday for the homeless and needy in Oxford.

      Of the estimated 200 homeless and/or needy individuals in town, 65 came to get a hot meal at this first-time outreach mission of the church. (April 1, 2010, Page 1)

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        Thursday’s obituaries

        • Richard David Casady — 64, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010. A gathering of friends and family will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Avent Park in Oxford to celebrate his life. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
        • Marilyn Grist — 60, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Visitation is from 5 to 8 this evening at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Bruce Cemetery.
        • Johnny B. Rockette — 54, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Marshfield, Wis. Services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Pastor Jamuel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Yocona Cemetery in Lafayette County.

         (April 1, 2010, Page 2)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Harley Garrett writes to remind citizens if they don’t like the change that’s going on in the country today, then they should take advantage of their personal weapon – their vote – to do something about it. (April 1, 2010, Page 4)

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            Being reminded that the simpler, the better

            FISHIN’ WITH CHICK COLUMN — The biggest fishing news I have to share with you is that my youngest daughter Alivia caught her first fish last Saturday with her grandfather at Grenada spillway.  She called and excitedly said,” Daddy, Daddy, now you have something to write about in your article!”  I can promise you she was no more excited than I was that day.  After I got off the phone, I started thinking about how simple the whole concept of catching a fish was to her, and I was reminded how we as adults complicate everything. (April 1, 2010, Page 6)

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              OHS JV tennis tops Tupelo

              The Oxford junior varsity tennis team picked up a 6-2 victory over Tupelo on Wednesday. (more…) (April 1, 2010, Page 7)

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                Spinners top the Volleys in Oxford Park Commission tennis

                The Spinners were able to hold onto a narrow 3-2 victory over the Volleys Wednesday in the Oxford Park Commission Jr. tennis league.

                (more…) (April 1, 2010, Page 7)

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                  Alzheimer’s Caregiver Group

                  The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregiver Groupwill meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community, 100 Azalea Drive, in Oxford. Catherine “Ginny” Kilgore from the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services will provide an update on Medicaid, health care reform and elder law resources. For more information, contact the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging at (877) 948-3090 or Jo Ann O’Quin at 915-7199 or The meeting is open to all caregivers interested in those with Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders. (April 1, 2010)

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                    Civil Rights Cold Cases Explored

                    The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi presents a panel discussion on “Civil Rights Cold Cases” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Overby Center. Mississippi pioneered investigations that led to convictions — decades later — of Klansmen guilty of murders in the civil rights era. Still, there is work to be done.

                    These “cold cases” will be the subject of a special program featuring Susan Glisson, executive director of UM’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Rita Schwerner Bender and Bill Bender, visiting Winter scholars at Ole Miss who have made a study of “Restorative Justice;” Jerry Mitchell, prize-winning reporter for The Clarion-Ledger whose stories succeeded in reopening many of the most notorious cases; and Leroy Clemons, chair of the Philadelphia Coalition, a group instrumentalin bringing about the prosecution of Edgar Killen in connection with the Neshoba County murders in 1964.

                    The event is free and the public is invited. A reception will be held following the program. (April 1, 2010)

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