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Clamp down on DUI starts today

If you plan on drinking alcohol and getting into a car to drive over the next three weeks, think again.

Local law enforcement agencies will ban together starting today and continuing through Sept. 5 for an intense crackdown on impaired drivers, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)

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    Baptist buys hospital

    After two long years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp purchased the South Lamar and Belk boulevard building of its BMH North Mississippi hospital for $60 million and an additional $5.6 million from its Health Trust Fund. The city and county will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250 million facility in Oxford. (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)

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      City workers may get pay hike

      Aldermen continue to work on the city 2011-2012 budget and mulled providing a 1.5 percent cost of living raise for city employees on Tuesday. (August 17, 2011, Page 1)

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        Forgotten stash of silver discovered

        Local officials have discovered 4,200 ounces of silver nitrate, or $200,000 worth of silver, in a lock box tucked away since 1989 from the former x-ray machines at the county hospital. (August 17, 2011, Page 1)

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          City restores $2M to fund from hospital sale

          The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday morning to keep intact the $30 million it is getting as its share of the sale of the hospital building to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corps. The board had voted last week to set aside $2 million of the $30 million to use to fund some immediate community needs and invest the remaining $28 million to use for long-term needs. However, at a meeting today, the board reversed itself and voted to restore the $2 million back into the investment pot, so the city has a total of $30 million to invest. The board took the action after Mayor Pat Patterson threatened to veto the effort to use $2 million for community needs. The sale of the hospital is expected to close  Thursday. (August 16, 2011)

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            County weighs tax cut

            The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors met on Monday to continue discussions on the 2011-2012 budget including potentially lowering the millage rate by ten percent. (August 16, 2011, Page 1)

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              Security cameras almost ready

              The new camera security cameras on the Square are almost ready to begin monitoring any action downtown. (August 16, 2011, Page 1)

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                Mom pulls double duty as soldier

                Adrienne Johnson gave a special talk to her son Malachi’s class on Friday about serving as a soldier in Iraq. (August 15, 2011, Page 1A)

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                  Effort made to open new shelter

                  When the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office slammed the doors of the Oxford Domestic Violence Project shut in July, Terry J.W. Buffington was not only upset, she was down right mad.
                  “I was livid,” Buffington said. “How something like this could happen is mind-blowing.” (August 15, 2011, Page 1A)

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                    Burglar to spend six years behind bars

                    One of three men charged in a rash of burglaries in the winter of 2009 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison during the July Court Term. Read about his conviction and other cases heard during court term in today’s EAGLE. (August 12, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)

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