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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Local actress hooked on movie-making

As a long-time Oxford resident, 29 years and counting, I have become accustomed to celebrity sightings and the filming of movies in and around our community. This time, however, I am personally involved with an outstanding local film, “Where I Begin.” (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)

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    James Alexander Ventress: The Father of Ole Miss

    Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)

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      Feeling like an orphan when mom leaves town

      My dad and I have been orphaned this sweltering month of July. I find no other words to describe it better: My mom has been out of town.

      She and my sister left for Taiwan at the beginning of the month. Shortly after they left, I was walking through the house when I was struck by a faint memory. (August 20, 2010, Page 1B)

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        Freshman looks forward to being Ole Miss student

        Incoming freshman Nicholas Smith is looking forward to his new college career at the University of Mississippi. He, along with hundreds of other students, moved into his dorm room Thursday. Read about his new adventure in today’s Oxford Living. (August 20, 2010, Page 1B)

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          Taylor artists turn former shopping center into art workshop

          Local sculptor Bill Beckwith is taking the green trend to another level: He’s recycled part of an old shopping center to a new artists’ workshop.
          The workshop is located in Taylor off County Road 323, just a mile or so from Taylor Grocery. (August 13, 2010, Page 1B)

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            With the return of the clock, the renovation of the courthouse will be complete

            When I was a child growing up on South Lamar, a little way before you got today’s Highway 6 bypass, I first lived at my grandfather’s home and you could hear the hourly ringing of the town clock while sitting on the front porch. Later on, my mother moved my sisters and I a little closer to the Square on South Lamar just south of where Johnson Avenue comes into South Lamar. The chiming of the clock was even more audible.
            It has been way too long since any of us has heard the clock strike any sort of sound. (August 13, 2010, Page 3B)

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              Learning a new way of growing older together

              Oxford EAGLE columnist Susan Boehm and husband are making up new rules as they travel into their golden years. Despite a diagnosis of dymentia for her husband, Susan and Byron have agreed to be open with others and continue to have a sense of humor about his condition. “Byron has dementia, but I can tell how very much he loves me and he is so proud that I love him as much as I do.” (August 10, 2010, Page 1B)

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                Crape myrtle murder and mayhem

                Introduced to the United States in 1747, the crape myrle is a favorite in Southern gardens.  Layfayette County Master Gardner Dianne Smith Ferguson describes how these tolerant trees survive drought, extreme weather, and excessive pruning. (August 6, 2010, Page 2B)

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                  Using black-and-white film to capture Oxford’s true colors

                  When Deborah Freeland first came to Oxford as a graduate student in 1975 from Houston, Texas, she was intrigued with the small town feel of Oxford and wanted to capture the spirit with the eye of a newcomer. Those early black-and-white photos are featured at Southside Gallery this week. (August 6, 2010, Page 1B)

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                    L.Q.C. Lamar: A Profile in Courage

                    In 1955, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Profiles in Courage,” while recovering from a spinal operation. He had long been interested in statesmen who had shown great political courage in the face of constituent pressures. One of the statesmen he wrote about was Oxford resident Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar. (August 6, 2010, Page 3B)

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