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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dart

Minnie Cooper devotes life to little ones

Last week, Minnie Cooper greeted a trio of children who had just gotten off the school bus. One by one, the children recounted a scuffle that had just taken place before the bus driver dropped them off at Kid’s College Day Care in Abbeville. That’s where the Dart landed this week. Cooper, who has owned the family business on County Road 118 next door to her home since 2002, promised she’d relay the information to the children’s parents before sharing the story that led her to become a daycare facility owner and operator. (September 1, 2014, Page 1)

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    Lees share home with pups, hummingbirds

    Drive by Don and Debra Lee’s well-manicured lawn on County Road 202 in Lafayette County, and you may spot one of their four pups or one of the many hummingbirds flitting like fairies around bird feeders. That’s where The Dart landed this week. (August 25, 2014, Page 1)

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      After weeks of searching, lost dog returned to its foster parent

      If you drive down County Road 225 where The Dart landed this week, you’ll pass a sign at the corner of a property offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of a dog named Izzy. (August 11, 2014, Page 1)

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        The Cluck Cluck Farm

        It sounds like the name of a 1975 Jack Nicholson film, but it’s not the Cuckoo’s Nest – it’s The Cluck Cluck Farm.

        Drive down County Road 403 in Lafayette County where The Dart landed, and you’ll see the sign David Rhines erected. He raises and sells a variety of chickens and ducks.

        You may encounter a couple of dancing baby goats on the property. Walk a little  farther, and you’ll find 300 or more birds. (August 4, 2014, Page 1)

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          Orsburn recalls growing up in Lafayette County

          We met Donna Orsburn at the door of her mobile home on County Road 403, the quiet road in Lafayette County where The Dart landed. She invited us inside and told us a little about her life as she folded laundry.

            (July 28, 2014, Page 1)

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            It’s never to late to learn the game of tennis

            Ashley Freeman began playing tennis when she was 2 on the courts across from her home.

            “My dad was a high school coach,” she said. “It’s something that he and I would spend quality time doing.”

            She later ranked first in the state as a junior competitor and continued to play tennis at Mississippi State University.

            Today, Freeman is the assistant coach for the Oxford High School tennis team, and she leads the children’s tennis camps for the Oxford Park Commission at Avent Park off Park Drive in Oxford, where our Dart landed. (July 7, 2014, Page 1)

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              Kids learn ecological lessons at summer camp

              Addy Shiroma, 38, learned a lesson about water while working as a teacher in Oknawa, Japan.

              “It’s an island, and the reserves are limited there,” she said. “If the reserves get low enough, the whole island rations water.”

              Shiroma, who graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1997 with a degree in geology, taught at Kinser Elementary in Japan, a Department of Defense military school, before returning to Oxford this year to become a technology coordinator for the Oxford School District.

              This summer, she’s working as an instructor at the University of Mississippi Field Station Ecology Day Camp, which is where The Dart landed. (June 30, 2014, Page 1)

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