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Monday, January 26, 2015

Everyday Heroes

Veteran spends precious time helping others

When Jim Stephens retired from the U.S. National Guard in 1998 after a 28-year career in which he earned the rank of sergeant major, he realized he has a lot of time on his hands. Stephens decided he would spend his spare time helping others and making his community a better place to live. (January 23, 2015, Page 1, 3)

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    Community work is God’s work, says long-time volunteer

    Mary K. Hempill was raised believing that taking an active role in your community is just a natural part of living. 

     (January 9, 2015, Page 1, 2)

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      Young folks help others: Under-30 age group no slouches at volunteering

      Tired of hearing people grouse about a tuned-out apathetic younger generation? Well, here’s a comeback: Today’s young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were. (December 30, 2014)

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        Christmas Store distributed 1,200 gifts this season

        The B.B. gun he received when he was 7, and the computer he got in the eighth-grade in the mid-1980s are the two most memorable Christmas gifts Jonathan Mattox received as a child. (December 26, 2014)

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          Local high school students tackle crime

          Oxford High School students Gerald Love and Lee Dumas were instrumental in catching a robbery at the Auburn vs. Ole Miss football game. The criminal took several wallets during the game and attempted to run away from the stadium when Love and Dumas stopped him. (December 12, 2014, Page 1)

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            Richmond lends culinary talents to bring everyone together

            St. John’s Church member Basil Richmond cooked turkeys in preparation for the church’s annual Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday. He and other members dedicate their free time to bringing the community together in many ways involving cooking. (November 28, 2014, Page 1)

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              Everyday Hero – Tiffany Bensen

              The Oxford Community Garden Association provides a space for members to come together and garden with others in the community, but with great opportunity comes great responsibility. Up to the challenge is garden manager Tiffany Bensen, who has been with the organization since its conception, first as treasurer before settling into her current post three years ago. Bensen is this week’s Everyday Hero. (October 31, 2014, Page 1A)

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                Cancer survivor uses fashion show to lift others

                LaVera Hodges founded a fashion show for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters. A cancer survivor herself, Hodges uses the event as a fundraiser to help those battling the disease. (October 17, 2014, Page 1A)

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                  Everyday Hero – Guitarists share passion at OPC class

                  Billy Lamb and  Chris Busby give guitar lessons through the Oxford Park Commission. The popular classes are in need of donations of guitars and other equipment. (September 19, 2014, Page 1)

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                    OES teacher takes care of kids in class, home

                    Everyday Hero Candace Gooch is known by many as an amazing teacher and leader to her students at Oxford Elementary. However, she also leads outside the classroom as a foster parent to children in need in Mississippi. (September 12, 2014, Page 1)

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