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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Dart

One of several new features The Oxford EAGLE will be bringing to readers is “The Dart” story. Scheduled for Monday editions, “The Dart” is a feature story that’s based on a location in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community that’s determined by throwing a dart at a map of the county, city and university campus. Reporters will make a “cold call” interview on a street, road, neighborhood, et cetera where the dart lands.

Sewing, quilting seem to be making a comeback

With two rocking chairs outside the store, the Sit N Rock Quilt and Sewing Shop in Oxford at 1502 W. Jackson Ave. invites customers to come inside and buy crafting and sewing supplies, or just sit a spell. It’s where The Dart landed last week. (January 5, 2015)

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    Clements end retirement to reopen Bird in the Bush

    Rodney Clements got started in the antique business in 1970 and continues serving customers in the LOU community today through his store, Bird in the Bush.

     (December 15, 2014, Page 1)

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      Minnie Cooper devotes life to little ones

      Last week, Minnie Cooper greeted a trio of children who had just gotten off the school bus. One by one, the children recounted a scuffle that had just taken place before the bus driver dropped them off at Kid’s College Day Care in Abbeville. That’s where the Dart landed this week. Cooper, who has owned the family business on County Road 118 next door to her home since 2002, promised she’d relay the information to the children’s parents before sharing the story that led her to become a daycare facility owner and operator. (September 1, 2014, Page 1)

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        Lees share home with pups, hummingbirds

        Drive by Don and Debra Lee’s well-manicured lawn on County Road 202 in Lafayette County, and you may spot one of their four pups or one of the many hummingbirds flitting like fairies around bird feeders. That’s where The Dart landed this week. (August 25, 2014, Page 1)

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          After weeks of searching, lost dog returned to its foster parent

          If you drive down County Road 225 where The Dart landed this week, you’ll pass a sign at the corner of a property offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of a dog named Izzy. (August 11, 2014, Page 1)

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            The Cluck Cluck Farm

            It sounds like the name of a 1975 Jack Nicholson film, but it’s not the Cuckoo’s Nest – it’s The Cluck Cluck Farm.

            Drive down County Road 403 in Lafayette County where The Dart landed, and you’ll see the sign David Rhines erected. He raises and sells a variety of chickens and ducks.

            You may encounter a couple of dancing baby goats on the property. Walk a little  farther, and you’ll find 300 or more birds. (August 4, 2014, Page 1)

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              Orsburn recalls growing up in Lafayette County

              We met Donna Orsburn at the door of her mobile home on County Road 403, the quiet road in Lafayette County where The Dart landed. She invited us inside and told us a little about her life as she folded laundry.

                (July 28, 2014, Page 1)

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                The Dart – Oxford man, 81, has owned pet turtle since Kennedy administration

                In an ever-changing world where few things are permanent and long-lasting, it’s hard to imagine owning anything for 51 years. Most marriage don’t even last that long. But Oxford resident Tony Harris, 81, has a pet turtle that he plucked from the grass in 1963. (July 22, 2014, Page 1)

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                  It’s never to late to learn the game of tennis

                  Ashley Freeman began playing tennis when she was 2 on the courts across from her home.

                  “My dad was a high school coach,” she said. “It’s something that he and I would spend quality time doing.”

                  She later ranked first in the state as a junior competitor and continued to play tennis at Mississippi State University.

                  Today, Freeman is the assistant coach for the Oxford High School tennis team, and she leads the children’s tennis camps for the Oxford Park Commission at Avent Park off Park Drive in Oxford, where our Dart landed. (July 7, 2014, Page 1)

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                    Kids learn ecological lessons at summer camp

                    Addy Shiroma, 38, learned a lesson about water while working as a teacher in Oknawa, Japan.

                    “It’s an island, and the reserves are limited there,” she said. “If the reserves get low enough, the whole island rations water.”

                    Shiroma, who graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1997 with a degree in geology, taught at Kinser Elementary in Japan, a Department of Defense military school, before returning to Oxford this year to become a technology coordinator for the Oxford School District.

                    This summer, she’s working as an instructor at the University of Mississippi Field Station Ecology Day Camp, which is where The Dart landed. (June 30, 2014, Page 1)

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