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Extinct town aimed to rival Memphis as port

A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)

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    NMRC clients volunteer all over town

    OXFORD LIVING — Being a volunteer takes on special meaning for 20 North Mississippi Regional Center clients. As part of a program that began in 2005, the clients with a variety of developmental disabilities work at numerous volunteer stations throughout Oxford to help make an impact on the community. The volunteers are involved throughout 28 different organizations in the community. (March 12, 2010, Page 1B)

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      Barry Hannah: 1942-2010

      OXFORD LIVING — We invited friends, fans and students of the late Barry Hannah to share with us their memories, as the 17th Oxford Conference for the Book gets underway in Hannah’s honor. Photos of the author and a coast-to-coast collection of stories are in today’s Oxford Living. (March 5, 2010, Page 1B)

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        Two Master Gardeners share their wisdom

        What are two of the most neglected habits among gardeners? Correct pruning and keeping tools sharp. Master Gardeners Carroll Crenshaw and Don Giles shared their tips on those topics recently as part of the Lafayette County Master Gardeners’ spring gardening series. To keep tools sharp — like Giles’s 40-year-old shovel — clean them well after every use. (March 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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          Harmontown and local Indians

          A SENSE OF PLACE — According to Lafayette County folklore and tradition, the Harmon family settled the county’s northwestern corner and became friendly with the local Chickasaw Indian chief, Toby Tubby. Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield traces the history of Harmontown as his series on Lafayette County communities continues. (March 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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            Dramatic ending?

            OXFORD GENERATIONS — The Lafayette School District may be facing budget cuts, but the drama program at Lafayette High School should be spared from the cutting block for the sake of students’ personal growth and development. LHS junior Lainey Mays makes the case based on her own experience in Drama Club. (February 26, 2010, Page 1B)

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              Dirt work

              The faithful grounds crew which prepares the field for Ole Miss baseball gets to work early in the morning to get ready for an afternoon game — and always keeps an eye on the weather. But when you’re a devoted fan of the Rebels yourself, the hard work is well worth it. (February 26, 2010, Page 1B)

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                Spring dreams: Hints for a winter’s day

                GARDENING OXFORD STYLE — Spring is on the way, but there’s plenty to do in the garden between now and then. At the top of the list: planting shrubs and trees, trimming branches, testing your soil and rewarding your stalwart pansies with a little fertilizer. (February 19, 2010, Page 2B)

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                  For the love of animals

                  OXFORD GENERATIONS — Columnist Leah McCormick knows she’s been taken in by the family dog Rufus, a 65-pound holy terror that brings her unspeakable “presents” from a hunting camp just down the road, steals people food and snores loudly. But, as a lifelong animal lover, she can’t help but adore him. (February 19, 2010, Page 1B)

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                    Taylor lives, dies with advent, loss of railroad

                    A SENSE OF PLACE — Jack Mayfield takes us back to the founding of Taylor in southern Lafayette County, tracing its growth into a bustling town which boasted shops and grocers and salons, and its decline into the quiet little village we know today. (February 19, 2010, Page 3B)

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