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Going slow on alcohol sales

Even though the Mayor’s Alcohol Task Force recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue. The board discussed the issue on Friday along with a new fire truck and expanding Jackson Avenue near City Hall to allow for two-way traffic. The board could add Sunday sales to the agenda for Tuesday but has yet to do so. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Aldermen discuss Sunday alcohol sales

    Even though the mayor’s Alcohol Task Force has recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday, the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue.

    (more…) (October 29, 2010)

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      Lafayette County voters to select coroner in Nov. 2 voting

      If the outcome of an election can be based on the amount of friends someone has on a Facebook page, the race for Lafayette County coroner seems neck-and-neck.

      Rocky Kennedy, currently serving as the county’s interim coroner, has 267 “friends” on his “Rocky Kennedy for Coroner” Facebook page, while Richard Shivers has 262 on his Facebook page.

      Lafayette County voters will decide Tuesday who the next county coroner will be: Kennedy, Shivers or Lonnie Weaver. (October 29, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Schools detail $54M plan

        By 2017 the Oxford School District plans to have completed a massive $54 million renovation and expansion of nearly all of its facilities. School officials unveiled the details of its capital improvement plan at a special meeting held Thursday, just two days after voters approved a $30 million bond referendum. School officials plan to add another $24 million to the bond money to accomplish their ambitious building program. (October 29, 2010, Page 1, 11A)

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          Pocket park makes progress

          Efforts to create a new park near the Garden Terrace subdivision on the west side of town are finally moving forward after more than a year of discussions with the Oxford Park Commission concerning the location of the open space. The neighborhood is working with OPC and the city to transfer the property to the city to begin the development of the park. (October 28, 2010, Page 1)

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            Rain doesn’t dampen burn ban

            A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for all of Mississippi despite much-needed rain showers soaked parts of North Mississippi recently.

            However, the southern part of the state is still bone dry.

            The burn ban was issued by Gov. Haley Barbour earlier this month after the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommended the ban to help prevent uncontrolled forest and brush fires after a hot, dry summer left much of Mississippi’s landscape dehydrated. (October 27, 2010, Page 1)

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              Voters OK school bond

              The $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District passed by receiving 68 percent of the vote Tuesday. The referendum needed 60 percent for passage. The bonds will be used to build a new high school and improve the other schools in the district to handle the growing student population. (October 26, 2010, Page 1, 2)

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                OPD SWAT team on target

                Being a sniper is generally not a qualification to be a school resource officer. However, Oxford High School’s Capt. Philip Zampella says it makes him a better policeman.

                Zampella and OPD officer Sean Eyler took fourth place in the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association SWAT training in Meridian earlier this month. About 18 teams from around the state competed in the sniper shooting and entry competitions. Zampella and Eyler were two of six OPD SWAT teams members who attended and participated in the competition. The OPD SWAT team earned fifth place in the competition. (October 26, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Oxford gets tough with bullies

                  Oxford School District approved a new student bullying policy on Monday in correlation with the state Department of Education’s new focus on getting tough on bullies. (October 26, 2010, Page 1)

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                    No pseudoephedrine a non-issue for most

                    With cold and flu season making its arrival, some local doctors are requiring patients to come into the office when they have a cold or flu and want decongestant medications containing pseudoephedrine, while others make a judgment call after talking to the patient over the phone as to whether they should come into the office.

                    As of July 1, any pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines including — Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus Severe Cold and Zyrtec D — now require a prescription from a physician in Mississippi. The state law was passed during the 2010 legislative session and it’s aimed at fighting the state’s growing methamphetamine problem. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in cold and sinus medicines, which are often sold without a prescription. It is also the key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. (October 25, 2010, Page 1)

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