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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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          Cast in the role of hostess

          A CONVERSATION WITH… — Donna Ruth Roberts is one of the most beloved volunteers and sponsors for the annual Oxford Film Festival, which opens today with a welcome party at her historic home. The independent filmmakers she befriends find it novel that a woman of her generation and political leanings — she’s an active local Republican leader — can so enjoy their craft and their company. (February 4, 2010, Page 3)

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            Getting to know Mama Jo — a visionary cook

            Joester Egerson Brassell has operated Mama Jo’s Country Cookin’ since 2005, and before that cooked at the Kappa Alpha house and at Skymart. She’s been cooking since she was 8 years old, and relies upon her intuition and experience in the kitchen. Here, she shares her recipes for Rotel Chicken Spaghetti and Caramel Cake with Caramel Icing. (February 3, 2010, Page 12)

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              It’s story time

              Going beyond the idea of one-time guest readers, first-grade teacher Lillie Fay Young has recruited a cadre of regulars who each get to share story time with her students every other week. The program’s climax: At the end of the year, the adult readers gather as the children take a turn reading to them. (January 29, 2010, Page 1B)

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                A fresh perspective, rooted in history

                A CONVERSATION WITH… — Visiting art professor Katherine Fields was featured recently as part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting program “Southern Expressions.” The exposure led to her being asked by the Mississippi Museum of Art to donate a print as part of its permanent collection. (January 28, 2010, Page 3)

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                  Indoor inspiration

                  OXFORD LIVING — Just the thing for these wintry days, the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library offers after-school craft sessions that keep little hands busy. The library has also just launched a new adult craft circle that meets twice a month. (January 22, 2010, Page 1B)

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                    Times change, values endure

                    “A CONVERSATION WITH…” — Frankie Logan has lived her entire life in the Abbeville area and says the values she grew up with — about taking care of each other and investing in education — are the same ones she and her neighbors live by today. (January 21, 2010, Page 3)

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