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March Madness is right upon us

After Thursday night’s last-second loss, the Ole Miss Rebels and their fans will be watching scores while sitting on the “bubble” for an NCAA tourney bid. We hope Ole Miss is judged by its positives this season and not its disappointing finish. (March 13, 2015, Page 4)

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    That’s a lot of cigarette butts

    Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a motorist flip a cigarette butt out his window recently, checked into how many cigarettes an average smoker goes through in a year and the overall effect of all those filters on the environment. (March 13, 2015, Page 4)

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      Thursday’s obituaries

      Bill Blankenship — 83, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

      Annie Lee Buford — 82, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at her daughter’s residence in Oxford. Funeral services will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Homes of Oxford.

      Hattie Ann “Big Mama” Isom — 72, died March 5, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Services will be Saturday at noon at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Rodney Dean officiating. Burial is set for Mt. Vernon Church Cemetery in Abbeville. Visitation will be Friday from 2-6 p.m. at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford, which is in charge of arrangements.

      Jerry Lipsey — 57, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Union Hill M.B. Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford, which has charge of arrangements.

      Mark D. Lofton — 62, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Bro. Anthony Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m.

      Vera Ellen Smith Maples — 88, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North MS. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Minister Bob Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at Waller Funeral Home.

      Thomas Anthony McVeigh — 47, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his home in Olive Branch. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Beavers officiating. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at Waller Funeral Home.

      Roy F. Smith — 90, of Harmontown passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the aftermath of a serious stroke. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Free Springs United Methodist Church (76 CR 511, Como) with the Rev. Joey Bates officiating. Interment will be in Harmontown Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at the church. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

        (March 12, 2015, Page 3)

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        Ole Miss takes down No. 8 Louisville, 8-3

        LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Closing out the midweek series, the Ole Miss baseball team bounced back from Tuesday’s loss by soaring past the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals, 8-3, Wednesday afternoon. The Rebels (9-7) scored multiple runs in three different innings and added solid pitching from Sam Smith and Will Stokes to pick up the victory. (March 12, 2015, Page 6)

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          Rebel softball sets records in doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

          The Rebel offense broke out on Wednesday night as Ole Miss (15-8) set the school record for hits in a game and tied the school record for runs in a game on the way to a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-14). The Rebels picked up an 8-0 victory over the Lady Lions in game one of the afternoon before coming back to claim a 22-3 win in game two. The 22 runs tied the record for runs in a game, a mark last hit in the 2008 season against Alcorn State, and set the record for hits in a game with 21 in game two of the afternoon. (March 12, 2015, Page 6)

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            Noah’s Law too important not to pass

            Noah’s Law, named after 17-year-old Noah Smith of Water Valley who died after taking caffeine pills, is still alive in the Mississippi Legislature. We urge lawmakers to pass this bill, which would limit sales of caffeine pills and powders to those 18 and old, to save lives. (March 12, 2015, Page 4)

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              Students’ racial slurs, actions, damaging to schools, communities

              We know, from experience, the damaging effects of ridiculous actions by students like the incident that’s hurting the University of Oklahoma, and we urge all to put an end to those actions. (March 11, 2015, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                B.J. Davis writes to urge all to learn more about NMRC and other facilities and programs available during Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, while Dr. Sandor Feldman writes to say that Mississippi’s vaccination laws help save lives. (March 11, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Wednesday’s obituaries

                  Curtis Wayne Dennis — 71, died Monday, March 9, 2015, at his home in Water Valley after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks at 10 a.m. Saturday with Bro. Dan Dickerson and Bro. Bennie Turnage officiating. Burial will be in the Anchor Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.

                  Mark Lofton — died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

                   Vera Smith Maples — 88, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

                  Mildred Groner Wilder McKinney — 85, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab following an extended illness. A celebration of her life is today at 2 p.m. in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Private burial will follow in Verona City Cemetery. Visitation will be today from noon to service time.  Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

                  Thomas Anthony McVeigh — 47, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his home in Olive Branch. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

                  Carolyn Boyd Redmond — 49, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

                  Roy Frank Smith —  91, of Harmontown, died Friday, March 7, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven. Funeral arrangements with Coleman Funeral Home are incomplete at this time. (March 11, 2015, Page 3)

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                    No. 13 Rebels drop match to No. 2 Baylor

                    In front of a boisterous packed house at the Gillom Sports Center Tuesday night, the No. 13 Ole Miss men’s tennis team gave No. 2 Baylor all they wanted despite playing without one of their top players, before dropping a 4-1 decision. (March 11, 2015, Page 6)

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