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Tutwiler Quilters coming to Oxford Saturday

Since 2005, Oxford residents have spent about $23,000 on the handmade quilts, pot holders and wall hangings, carefully and meticulously created by the hands of Tutwiler women.

They return again this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of St. Peter’s. Second Baptist Church, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture are all co-sponsoring the event. All the proceeds go to the Tutwiler Quilters’ Cooperative.

The quilters keep 80 percent of the money made from the sales of their crafts. The cooperative was founded in 1988 by Sister Maureen Delany, a Holy Name Sister sent by her order as a community organizer to assist the black Americans in Tutwiler, known to be an economically poor community in the Mississippi Delta. Delany discovered that quilting could be a way of expressing the women’s cultural traditions as well as generating income for the desperately poor families. (October 22, 2010, Page 1A)

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    State approves Tech changes

    A joint request by the Oxford and Lafayette County School District to make changes to the joint agreement for the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology was approved this morning by the State Board of Education. (October 22, 2010, Page 1)

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      How green will we be?

      Oxford residents can help decide how their town’s future will be by participating in a Sustainability Design Team Program set for Nov. 1-3. The three-day session will be conducted by the American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design and will include a town hall meeting along with several breakout sessions. (October 22, 2010, Page 1)

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        County appeals drug court debacle

        The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors instructed county attorney David O’Donnell to file an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court against a final order given by a Circuit Court judge instructing them to not interfere with the operation of the county’s Drug Court.

        The one-page appeal, filed Tuesday, says the supervisors are appealing the entire Final Order filed Sept. 21 by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth but doesn’t list any specific parts of the order. The appeal was filed after the board voted 3 to 2 granting O’Donnell permission to file the appeal during an executive session earlier this month. Supervisors Robert Blackmon and Mike Pickens were the dissenting votes.

        Howorth, who started Drug Court three years ago, filed a “cease and desist” in June against the supervisors from interfering with the operations of the Drug Court and the Circuit Court in general. Howorth claims the supervisors have continually interfered with the operations of the Circuit Court, almost from the day the current board took office in 2008. He also ordered the supervisors to comply with all reasonable requests made by and on behalf of the Drug Court pertaining to Drug Court funds administered by Lafayette County. (October 21, 2010, Page 1)

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          Cedar Oaks residents voice concerns

          A public hearing was held before the Tourism Council regular meeting on Wednesday to discuss with Cedar Oaks neighbors concerns for events held in their community. Residents requested a limit of alcohol events, more information shared with them on when events are booked, and a way to tow cars that block their driveways as no parking is available for the historic home. (October 21, 2010, Page 1)

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            Fish fry puts dent in homeless hotel bill

            Interfaith Compassion Ministry Director Lena Wiley wasn’t sure how much money was brought in from Tuesday’s fish fry fundraiser as of this morning, but one thing she did know for certain — people ate a lot of fish.

            “We ran out of fish,” she said this morning. “I think it went really well. I hope it went well.”

            The fish fry, held at First Baptist Church’s Family life center, served cat fish and chicken tenders for $10 a plate from 11 to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. All the proceeds will go toward ICM, particularly to help pay an outstanding $10,500 hotel bill that ICM owes to the Ole Miss Motel, which works with ICM all year to help house homeless and displaced persons temporarily. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

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              Stiffer charges sought for drug dealers

              Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit’s Keith Davis, and the other investigators at Metro, are pushing adding “enhancement charges” to regular drug dealing charges. Enhancement charges include, selling drugs within 1,500 of a school or church or child endangerment, for selling drugs when a child is present.

              An enhancement charge does just that — it enhances the sentence of the defendant if found guilty. Under state law, selling drugs within 1,500 feet of a church or school allows a judge to double the penalty.

              Several suspects charged with dealing drugs were indicted during the September grand jury and have been given enhancement charges along with being indicted with selling drugs.

              See these and other indictments handed down by the grand jury in today’s EAGLE. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

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                Alcohol on Sunday urged

                The Alcohol Task Force, put in place by the city, recommended to the Board of Aldermen to move forward with Sunday sales for on-premise (restaurants) of alcohol, beer and wine and off-premise (convenience stores) for the sale of room-temperature beer and light wine. The aldermen said they will discuss the recommendations on Oct. 29 at a special meeting. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

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                  More Olin jobs more likely?

                  The odds would appear to have tipped in Oxford’s favor that Olin Corp. will move as many as 1,000 jobs from its East Alton, Ill., plant to its plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)

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                    State-wide twister training Wednesday

                    Most people think of tornados wreaking havoc in the spring as warm air coming up from the gulf tangles with the cold air left over from the winter.

                    However, November is another peak time for tornados to strike north Mississippi as the incoming cold fronts from the north greet the warmer air left over from the summer months.

                    To keep Mississippians on their toes and avoid injury during possible fall tornados, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will conduct a statewide tornado drill Wednesday to make sure all residents are prepared.

                    The National Weather Service offices will conduct the tornado drill using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)

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