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Fans flock to Double Decker

With a new format and a new ticketed-event, Double Decker fans mostly adapted to the changes this year. While attendance was about 2,300 at the maximum on Friday, Saturday saw regular crowds.

 (May 2, 2011, Page 1A)

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    Recent reports reveal damage to homes, businesses

    With Lafayette County now a federal disaster area, more help is on the way. For those impacted, call 1-800-621-FEMA. (May 2, 2011, Page 1A)

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      Health initiative ends on a tasteful note

      For those taking part in the Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. community health initiative, some have lost weight while others say they’ve simply learned to live healthier. The Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. program came to an end last night, while team members celebrated with a bbq dinner and shared their success stories. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)

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        A close call for many

        Pine Flat Community began recovery efforts on Thursday while most of the community remained in shock over the damages to the area. Volunteers came to help begin putting together the pieces of their lives. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)

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          How you can help

          Several local individuals and organizations are accepting donations to help the Mississippi tornado victims.

          Donations are being accepted at the Pine Flat Methodist Church on CR 422 and at Fire Station # 1 in Oxford. Cash donations are accepted on Saturday at the Courthouse Lawn for Red Cross.

          Volunteer help is needed in the Pine Flat area also. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)

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            Call for help

            Damage assessments from Wednesday’s powerful series of storms that moved across Lafayette County are still being done, but it appears as if the Pine Flat community, located  just south of the Highway 7/9 split on Hwy. 9 W. was the hardest hit. The residents of this area could use your help. The Pine Flat United Methodist Church on CR 422 is being used as the staging area for the Red Cross, but volunteers are needed to assist them. Also, donations of bottled water and pre-made foods would be appreciated. For more information, call Pastor Gene Bramlett at 832-6616. The church, like everyone else out there, doesn’t have power, but will serve as the focal point for assisting the Pine Flat community during daylight hours. (April 28, 2011)

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              Gov. declares State of Emergency

              Gov. Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday for Lafayette County after severe storms ripped through the area, destroying homes, businesses and claiming the life of an Oxford man. Organizations have mobilized to the affected areas, offering food, clothing and comfort. (April 28, 2011, Page 1)

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                County ‘lucky’ compared to others

                A powerful storm moved through Lafayette County at 2 p.m. yesterday after about 12 hours of other storms throughout the area that damaged homes and businesses and claimed the life of one Oxford man.

                 (April 28, 2011, Page 1)

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                  Double Decker about to begin

                  The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow with the first of its kind – a ticketed event. Tickets are on sale today for $10 but beginning at 10 am on Friday go up to $15 for the Friday night concert. Saturday’s festival will remain free with art, food and music. (April 28, 2011, Page 2)

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                    **Breaking news: Tornado touches down

                    A tornado touched down east of Oxford at about 1:50 p.m., damaging several homes and knocking trees down across many roads in this part of Lafayette County. Some reports also have come in regarding residents trapped in their homes. The tornado’s path appears to have started near the Highway 7/9 split, moving northeast to just west of Yocona, and it then proceeded on across Highway 6 East. Houses on county roads 334, 469, 415, 421 and 471 reportedly sustained damage. Power lines have also been blown down. There were so many reports for assistance that emergency crews were requesting additional help to remove trees to allow for emergency vehicles to respond.

                    See video of damage along Highway 6 and CR 419 below.

                     (April 27, 2011)

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