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Powerhouse gets renovation grant

The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.

This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)

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    Bear named UM mascot

    So long Colonel Rebel. Hello Rebel Black Bear.

    The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee announced this morning that the Rebel Black Bear will be the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels. The bear now becomes the official mascot, replacing Colonel Reb, who was removed as the on-field mascot seven years ago and whose image was officially retired this summer.

    The selection committee made the recommendation to University of Mississippi leaders Wednesday night following a thorough analysis of the latest poll of Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders (October 14, 2010, Page 1)

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      Transportation for elderly, disabled coming soon in county

      When Lafayette County Board of Supervisors opted out of participating in the new Oxford-University Transportation over a year ago because they felt the busses would not serve county residents adequately, they still wanted to offer reliable transportation to the elderly and disabled people in the county.

      Supervisors met with representatives from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who agreed to work with the county in providing transportation in the county for the elderly and disabled. RSVP currently provides transportation to those 55 and older and the disables but only within the city of Oxford.

      RSVP will be running a 17-passenger bus and a mini-van in the county on a demand response system. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)

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        Candidates debate at Ole Miss

        During their first and only debate before the November election, the two north Mississippi congressional candidates agreed on a few issues, battled over several differences and both choked up when talking about the same educational accomplishment — being the first in their families to graduate from college.

        “I grew up in a family with modest means,” Democrat and Ole Miss alum U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said before his emotions forced him to pause for a brief moment. “I say this with love and respect for my family: I was the first to finish college.”

        State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, the Republican challenger, noted the two men shared something in common.

        The debate, moderated by Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, was held in the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. It’s the only time the two candidates are scheduled to go head-to-head before the election. Seven independent or third-party candidates are also on the Nov. 2 ballot, but they were not invited to participate in the debate.

        The questions, asked by local newspaper editors and reporters, ranged from the economy, taxes, global warming, health care and Tuesday’s appeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” military policy. (October 13, 2010, Page 1)

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          Public hears about bond issue

          Potential bond referendum voters discussed the issue in a town hall setting on Tuesday night at the Oxford High School cafeteria. Oxford residents discussed their support for the new high school and concerns about voting on an issue when not all the information is available – such as where the new school would be built and when the athletic facilities would be moved.

          A vote is set for Oct. 26 for a $30 million bond referendum to build a new high school and renovate existing schools. (October 13, 2010, Page 1, 3)

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            Former President Clinton to Visit Oxford

            Former President Bill Clinton and First Congressional candidate Travis Childers will speak at a Get out and Vote rally on the University of Mississippi campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. The event will be held at the Grove stage and is free and open to the public. More details will be posted this evening. (October 13, 2010, Page 1)

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              Voters get to know judicial candidates

              During a two-hour political forum last night hosted by the TEA Party Oxford, judicial candidates  introduced themselves to voters, giving their pitches as to why they are the most qualified candidate and expressed views on a handful of topics.

              The event started off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and was moderated by the honorable — and often witty — Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc.

              “The public is often unconcerned about who holds a judgeship unless and until they get a case in court,” Roberts said at the beginning of the forum, held at the Oxford Conference Center. “Then they say, ‘How on Earth did you get to be a judge?’ Judges hold great power. Take time to learn about the candidates so you may case an informed vote.”

              All nine candidates running for Chancery, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals positions attended the forum. While there are 11 candidates on the ballot for the November election, two races are unopposed. Only the contested race candidates were invited to take part in the forum. (October 12, 2010, Page 1)

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                Panty thief a convicted burglary

                The man police say kept women in fear for more than three months after breaking into 11 homes and stealing their panties and other under garments was on probation at the time of his arrest for breaking into a woman’s home in 2005.

                Joseph P. Lillo, 32, pleaded guilty in January 2006 to a charge of burglary of a dwelling before Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth in 2006. According to the indictment, filed in the Circuit Court in Oxford, Lillo broke into a women’s home on July 5, 2005.

                The indictment does not say what Lillo stole.

                He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended, leaving eight years to serve. Yet less than four years later, Lillo was released from prison on Nov. 4, 2009, and placed on probation. (October 12, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Renewed interest in Commons

                  The new $200 million Baptist Memorial Hospital and the new $27.7 million Oxford High School could have some land in common – Oxford Commons. The development was approved for zoning changes through the Oxford Planning Commission Monday night to allow to move forward with developing the area. (October 12, 2010, Page 1, 14)

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                    Commons zoning allows school and hospital

                    BREAKING NEWS — The Planning Commission on Monday night approved rezoning changes to the over 500 acre Oxford Commons to allow for a potential healthcare location and potential school zone. While developer Kenny Farrell said both Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi and Oxford School District were considering the locations, they were in no way confirmed but were one of several sites being considered for both major projects. (October 11, 2010)

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