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A Conversation With...

Whose story would you like to hear? Our weekly feature "A Conversation With..." offers a chance to hear from one local individual each week. Young, old, black, white — it's an ever-evolving picture of the remarkable community we call home. Look for "A Conversation With..." in The Oxford EAGLE Thursdays on Page 3, and while you're here, take a moment to suggest a potential interviewee.

Embracing a new life in retirement

From the Grove to the Square to their first Double Decker festival this weekend, California transplants Steve and Tina Bishop are diving into life in their adopted hometown. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the family about how they found their way to Mississippi in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (April 26, 2012, Page 3)

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    Building confidence in young learners

    For longtime local teacher and administrator Tis Dean, seeing her young students blossom into confident learners was among the highlights of a 40-year career. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the Oxford University School veteran in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (April 19, 2012, Page 3)

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      Surprise talent takes off

      Rachel Bayles barely knew what welding was a few months ago, but these days she’s beating the boys in skill competitions. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the Oxford High School sophomore in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (April 12, 2012, Page 3)

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        A time to celebrate new beginnings

        For Tom Wilson, this time of year is both busy and reflective. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the music minister at North Oxford Baptist Church in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (April 5, 2012, Page 3A)

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          Bringing policy-making down to scale

          The former head of city planning for New Orleans is tapping small-town examples these days as she connects concepts like planning and implementation to her students’ daily lives. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Kristina Ford, visiting professor of public policy leadership at Ole Miss, in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (March 29, 2012, Page 3)

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            A flashback funds the future

            Oxford’s vinyl-record revival is underway with the recent opening of The End of All Music on North Lamar — but a young entrepreneur was ahead of the curve. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with 13-year-old record salesman Calvin Sellers in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (March 22, 2012, Page 3)

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              Providing more than sewing supplies

              For owner Ellen Ferrell and others in area, the Oxford Fabric Center provides a slew of sewing supplies and, perhaps even more importantly, a shared community. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Ferrell about the business her family has operated for nearly half a century in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (March 15, 2012, Page 3)

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                Stepping in for a district in need

                Six years after retiring as assistant superintendent for the Oxford School District, Bob King is serving as state-appointed conservator for the North Panola School District as it works to get back on track. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with King on what the experience has been like in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (March 8, 2012, Page 3)

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                  Adding a punch to positive influence

                  The martial-arts instructor best known as Master Ra enjoys a unique influence in the lives of his 100 local students. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultz sat down to talk with Ra in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (March 1, 2012, Page 3)

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                    Responding to a world of need

                    For Donnie Carpenter, seeing firsthand the needs of Native Americans on an Arizona reservation has been a compelling reason to return twice a year and take part in mission work there. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the local pastor in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (February 23, 2012, Page 3)

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