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UM unveils final three mascots

Polling opened today at 8 a.m. for the University of Mississippi community to choose a new mascot. The polling process runs until Tuesday, with three choices: a land shark, bear and Hotty Toddy. For information on how to vote, visit mascot.olemiss.edu.

(more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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    Bond denied for alleged panty pirate

    The man charged with breaking into several homes and stealing women’s lingerie has been denied bond.

    Joseph Paul Lillo, of the Law Hills community in Marshall County, was arrested Sunday and charged with 11 counts of burglary for allegedly breaking into homes in the LOU area since June.

    (more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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      County burn ban approved

      During its regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors invoked a burn ban for the county due to dry conditions.

      The ban is in effect until Nov. 1, although it could be lifted sooner if conditions improve sufficiently.

      (more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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        Lafayette schools target test scores

        After being put on academic watch this year, Lafayette School District is overhauling teaching methods to get scores up for the next round of state testing that begins in March. At each school, new strategies are being implemented to improve test scores and to better track student progress. (October 5, 2010, Page 1, 2)

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          *BREAKING NEWS* Panty pirate’s name released

          The Oxford Police Department has released the name of the man they claim has broken into about 14 homes in the LOU community since June, stealing the under garments of at least nine women.

          Joseph Paul Lillo, 32, has been charged with nine counts of burglary and is being held at the Lafayette County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing this afternoon.

          Lillo was arrested Sunday in Marshall County after investigators obtained a warrant when a witness reported seeing Lillo’s vehicle on Eagle Nest Lane on Saturday. A woman returning home at about 6 p.m. discovered her house had been broken into and that someone had stolen her panties. (October 4, 2010)

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            Community launches literacy campaign

            The Oxford community has adopted the a new literacy campaign, One Book, One Community, which is a collaborative effort to promote literacy across the community by encouraging people to read a specified book each academic year.

            “Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project” has been chosen as the one book for the community to read this year. (October 4, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Police nab alleged panty pirate

              The panty thief who has been rummaging through Oxford women’s drawers and stealing their unmentionables has been taken into custody, according to the Oxford Police Department.

              The suspect, whose name has not been released as of this morning, has allegedly broken into 12 homes in the city and two in the county since June, each time taking lingerie and panties from his victims. (October 4, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Fun run to benefit breast cancer patients

                The Pink Dress Run will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Square. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the run which will begin at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard and end at the Square. And of course, participants are asked to wear pink.

                Registration fees will give participants a pink VIP band that allows them to take advantage of several post-race discounts at participating Square businesses.

                For more information on how to register for the run or participate as a sponsor, visit pinkdressrun.com or call Ott at 801-6922 or send an e-mail to valorie_ott@bellsouth.net or williamhwatts@gmail.com. (October 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Cossar State Park gets reprieve

                  Cossar State Park will stay open — for now.

                  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has decided to delay the closing the George Payne Cossar State Park, according to a letter sent Thursday to the Mississippi State Personnel Board.

                  Last week, park officials announced the park would close due to the mounting financial problems that has caused the park to operate at a $300,000 annual deficit. (October 1, 2010, Page 1 A)

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                    Students urged to get walking

                    International Walk to School day will be celebrated at Oxford Schools on Wednesday. Students are urged to be dropped off at the walking locations between 7:15 and 7:30 .m. and special incentives will be given out. (October 1, 2010, Page 1, 8a)

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