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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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      One rockin’ workout

      A Zumba dance-aerobics class has taken off in the past few weeks among women from pre-teen to middle-age. Led by instructor Caysie Lagrone, it makes use of an unconventional space — a skating rink — to let as many as 80 or more women take part while everybody still has room to slide, stretch and shake their booties. (February 19, 2010, Page 1B)

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        Tough love in the classroom

        A CONVERSATION WITH… — Mary Johnson cares so much, she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the children in her stead care, too. At 70, she’s been retired from the classroom for four years but still substitutes at Oxford and Della Davidson elementary schools. (February 18, 2010, Page 3)

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          Give & receive

          The crowds come early to The Pantry’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, one of the most popular annual events in the community. Potter Ron Dale, who brought the concept to The Pantry, says it’s proven to be the kind of gathering everything is able to take part in. (February 12, 2010, Page 1B)

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            A young salesman scores big

            A CONVERSATION WITH… — Fifth-grader Carter Diggs is not necessarily interested in a career in sales, but you might want to put him on your future to-hire list just in case. He sold a whopping $3,000 worth of popcorn and magazines in a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts, earning himself some choice prizes including a flat-screen TV. (February 11, 2010, Page 3)

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              Making a move — with plants in tow

              LAFAYETTE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS — When Dianne Smith Fergusson prepared to move from South Carolina to Oxford, it wasn’t the furniture and breakables that concerned her. How would her beloved plants make the journey? By taking care to protect the roots, keep transplants out of direct sun and watering diligently through the summer, she was able to transport her garden treasures, making the transition to her new home easier. (February 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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                Abbeville named for former home of settlers from South Carolina

                Jack Mayfield continues his series on the history of local communities with a visit to Abbeville. The old McEachin home, destroyed by a tornado in 1929, was the site of Union occupation during the Civil War — and possibly of the first surgical operation performed in north Mississippi. (February 5, 2010, Page 2B)

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                  Stories of home

                  Local filmmakers share Mississippi tales in this weekend’s Oxford Film Festival. Sarah Freeland Simonson took part in creating a film about the tradition of “dinner on the grounds.” Ferriday Mansel McClatchy worked on a short documentary about a tortilla-making family in New Albany, and Mary Warner worked with Joe York to expand her documentary on Thacker Mountain Radio. (February 5, 2010, Page 1B)

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                    Tomato longings in mid-winter

                    OXFORD GENERATIONS — It’s barely February, but local columnist Forrest Jenkins finds herself already longing for both the taste of the tomatoes she grows on her back porch and the work involved in producing them. (February 5, 2010, Page 1B)

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