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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.

Keeping business within arm’s reach

Starting the workday meant simply walking out the back door for Dot Zinn, who still lives directly behind the business strip she and her husband built more than 40 years ago. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the former owner of Handy Andy and the Kream Cup in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 13, 2012, Page 3)

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    Decking the Square for the holidays

    Think it’s tricky trying to get your Christmas tree level in its stand? Try doing it with one that’s four times as tall and likely to be seen by everyone in town. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with city employee Charles Herod about the annual task of putting up public Christmas decorations in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 6, 2012, Page 3)

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      On wartime campus, a chance to break barriers

      Women on the homefront stepped up during World War II — even on the college campus. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Maralyn Bullion about her experience as the first female student body president at Ole Miss during the war in this week’s “A Conversation With.” (November 29, 2012, Page 3)

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        Critical systems take no holidays

        There are those of us whom the holidays are a chance to step away from the job. Then there are folks like David Adkisson. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Adkisson, the supervisor of Ole Miss’s water and wastewater systems, about his job in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 22, 2012, Page 3A)

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          Expressing Italian heritage in work, life

          The son of Italian immigrants, Santo “Sandy” Arico has reconnected with the nation of his heritage throughout his life. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Arico in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 15, 2012, Page 3)

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            Creating the camera’s world

            How does a handy man from Abbeville end up building sets for Hollywood blockbusters? Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Bobby Vaughn about his work on the big screen in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 8, 2012, Page 3)

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              From textbook to voting booth

              When it comes to engaging college students in a course on American government, it helps when there’s a close presidential election going on. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with first-year professor Conor Dowling about his course in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 1, 2012, Page 3)

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                ‘Exotic’ in eye of beholder

                When Ole Miss boasts of having students from all 50 states, you’ve got to wonder: What’s someone doing here from Hawaii? Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Honolulu native Lily Van about why she decided to say aloha to Mississippi. (October 25, 2012, Page 3A)

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                  A new start, thanks to old junk

                  Water Valley’s Wesley “DeDe” White is building a clean life by selling junk. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with the proprietor of Dede’s This $ That in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (October 18, 2012, Page 3)

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                    A retirement homecoming

                    Thirty years after she graduated from Ole Miss, Chicago-area native Bonnie Siebert reconnected with her alma mater when her daughter chose to come here for school, too. Senior staff writer Lucy Schultze sat down to talk with Siebert about her homecoming story in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (October 11, 2012, Page 3)

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