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Fatal fire claims second victim

A tragic house fire this last Thursday in Oxford that took the like of Patricia “Tricia” K. Wilkerson has now claimed a second victim – homeowner Frances Brown. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)

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    Bringing stalkers into the open

    Last month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating January as National Stalking Awareness Month.

    Linda Abbott, coordinator of the UM Violence Prevention Office, and Detective Jimmy Williams with the Oxford Police Department discuss two types of stalking and what to do in the event you fall victim to a stalker. (January 24, 2011, Page 1)

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      Report: Investment up in Oxford

      Compared to December of 2009 with December of 2010, fewer building permits were filed with the city of Oxford in December, but the total financial investment of these permits was much higher, according to a new report. (January 24, 2011, Page 1)

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        Health effort proves popular

        More than 600 people signed up earlier this month for the new health initiative, “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” Many of those same people took advantage of the free hour-long ballroom dancing session offered for those participating in the program Thursday evening at the Oxford Conference Center. The five-month long program will feature special exercise programs and speakers like Patrick House, the winner of season 10 Biggest Loser who be in Oxford Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. Priority seating goes to those in the program, however the doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the general public. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)

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          Quake threat real

          Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)

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            City OKs land purchase for new high school

            The Oxford School Board approved the contract to purchase 75 acres of land for $3,481,000 near the Oxford Commons on Thursday. The city will purchase 65 acres and pay for the road development with the owners to donate an additional 10 acres. The closing date for the purchase is Wednesday. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A)

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              Woman dies in Oxford fire

              An early-morning fire claimed the life of an Oxford woman and sent another woman to the hospital in critical condition, Oxford Fire Department Deputy Chief David Duchaine said.

              Firefighters got the call at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to a fire at 1109 S. 14th St., the home of Frances Brown, who was critically injured in the fire. She was flown to a burn center in Alabama.

              Officials  have identified the woman who died as Patricia K. Wilkerson, 54, originally of Vicksburg. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)

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                Promote reading by partying Mardi Gras style

                The Oxford Literacy Council’s annual Mardi Gras bash is set for this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Oxford with tickets for sale at the door. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)

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                  UM to offer helping hands

                  The Big Event coming in March is set to let students volunteer for a day of service to say thanks to the Oxford community. (January 20, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Parents: Details needed on block schedule

                    Several parents expressed their concerns Tuesday with Lafayette High School officials considering implementing a four-by-four block schedule next school year.

                    Lafayette County School Board officials were present at the meeting held at the Lafayette Middle School to hear the parents’ reactions and questions about the new class scheduling system.

                     (January 19, 2011, Page 1)

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