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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Everyday Heroes

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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        Hollowell dedicates birthday to her furry friends

        Everyday Hero Morgan Hollowell dedicated her eighth birthday to the animals at the Oxford-Lafayette County animal shelter instead of receiving presents for herself. Attendees brought donation items like dog and cat food, treats and cleaning supplies to the party. (August 29, 2014, Page 1A)

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          Zandra Walker’s impact on Water Valley ‘immeasurable’

          Everyday Hero Zandra Walker dedicates her time to making Water Valley beautiful. She is also a faithful member of First Baptist Church. (August 22, 2014, Page 1A)

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            Volunteer says ministry serving more Oxford residents who have lost homes

            Suzanne Wilkin, a volunteer for Interfaith Compassion Ministry, said the number of people who have lost their homes in Oxford seems to be rising considering the number of clients who have sought help at ICM.

            Wilkin, who moved to Oxford from Maryland with her husband in 1996, has spent more than 10 years volunteering with ICM, an association of 36 area churches who work together to help community members in need.

              (August 15, 2014, Page 1)

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              Taylors devote talents, time to helping the disadvantaged

              Jeff and Kathleen Taylor of Sweet T’s Bakery will be volunteering their time and talent at an upcoming fundraiser for Lafayette County families in need.

              The Doors of Hope Transition Ministries event, “A Summer Bounty,” will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at the Overby Center Auditorium at the University of Mississippi to help homeless and at-risk families in Lafayette County become self-sufficient.

                (August 8, 2014, Page 1)

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                Moak jumps feet first into Eagle Scout service project

                George Moak, a 16-year-old Oxford High School student, hopes to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scout organization’s most prestigious honor.

                But first, he must complete a service project that has led him to dive feet first into a charity whose mission is to collect shoes for Guatemalan school children. (August 1, 2014, Page 1)

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                  Ruth Ball pays back her community by helping others

                  This week’s Everyday Hero is NAACP Oxford Chapter president Ruth Ball. She is organizing the first Back-to-School Carnival that will give school supplies to local children in need. (July 25, 2014, Page 1A)

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                    For Jarretts, helping others is a matter of the heart

                    A year after John Jarrett retired and moved to Oxford with his wife, Mary, he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

                    “When I was working, I got exhausted, sweated profusely and had a shortness of breath,” he said.

                    He was diagnosed with blocked arteries. That led to a triple bypass surgery.

                    During recovery Jarrett was told about Mended Hearts, an organization that offers hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Today, there are more than 300 chapters nationwide offering programs, support group meetings and educational forums that help people understand there’s life after a heart disease diagnosis. (July 18, 2014, Page 1)

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