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Autism camp fundraiser Thursday

SuperTalk Mississippi will bring its show to Oxford on Thursday. Radio personalities Paul Gallo, JT and Sid Salter are making a roadtrip to build a camp. While broadcasting their shows, the group will be asking listners to give donations for the Center Ridge OutPost camp which will benefit autistic children. (July 13, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Three earn Eagle Scout ranking since January

    Earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts is no easy task. Nationally, statistics list that only 2 percent in earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Oxford’s Boy Scout Troup 45 is making mincemeat of that statistic by honoring three boys who earned their Eagle Scout ranking since January. Those scouts are Rustin Rasberry, David Rozier III and William Alexander. (July 12, 2010, Page 1)

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      Hollywood helps local youth

      On Friday the local Boys & Girls Club received a check for $25,000. With guidance from Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt, the coaches appearing to in “The Blind Side” gave a gift worthy of a motion picture award. Why? The money came from the collective pay the coaches received for appearing in the movie. (July 12, 2010, Page 1)

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        No tax hike, Mayor says

        Oxford leaders have two goals as they draft next year’s budget…for all city employeess to keep their jobs and no tax hikes. How does Mayor Pat Patterson intend to reach these goals? City departments will decide how to cut spending. Purchases for city vehicles and funding for tourism will be given more financial relief. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Veterans Memorial Park shapes up

          A park is taking shape thanks to the help of the city of Oxford. The Veterans Memorial Park is beginning to take shape as Bennett Construction crews have been placing curbing along the street. The addition of sidewalks next week will make it easier to walk  from the State Veterans Home, past the new park and down the hill to the Veterans Building. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Local dropout, grad rates better than most

            The Oxford and Lafayette County school district dropout rates are better than most in Mississippi. After a slight decline in the past few years both school districts want to see graduation rates improve. Keeping dropout numbers in mind, both districts are making plans to lower dropout rates among students by keeping them engaged in school studies and activites. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Voting ends for UM mascot

              Soon Ole Miss fans may have a new mascot. Voting for the new University of Mississippi mascot ended at 5 p.m. on Tuesdy. Good luck to the Student Mascot Selection Committee who will begin the huge task of tallying and analyzing more than 12,000 results from voters. (July 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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                County accepts Oxmoor’s roads

                The Amegy Bank of Texas became the new owners of the Oxmoor subdivision after the subdivision was foreclosed about two years ago. Most of the roads were left incomplete. On Tuesday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved taking over the maintenance for the roads inside the upscale subdivision. (July 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Oxford School Board gets advice on bond issue

                  Bond issue survey results are in…. During a special Oxford school board meeting hired consultant Dan C. Davis explained the results of 301 surveys that were taken and said he believed that voters would be in favor of the bond. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)

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                    New hotel could get tax exemption, off-site assistance

                    How much will the proposed Hampton Inn East boost tourism in Oxford? About $1.4 million according to Young Kim from the University of Mississippi’s department of hospitality. The department presented its findings that included that the city lost eight conferences due to lack of not having a hotel near the convention center. If a hotel were built near the convention center, the city would see a huge from economic impact from food and retail purchases. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)

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