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Tollison considered for U.S. Attorney post

U.S. Rep. Travis Childers says he is asking President Barack Obama to nominate Oxford’s own Sen. Gray Tollison for the U.S. Attorney position in the Northern District. Tollison, 45, who works at the Tollison Law Firm in Oxford, currently serves as the attorney for the Layfayette County School Board and has served in the state Senate for 15 years. (July 20, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Voters to decide $30M bond issue

    Be ready to cast your vote on Oct. 26 as the Oxford School District is ready to move forward with a $30 millon bond issue. The bond would enable the district to build a new high school and make renovations to other schools within the district. (July 20, 2010, Page 1A)

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      Military mom forms support group

      Now that her son is safely home from Iraq, Lynda Walker wants to help other moms who have children serving overseas in the military. Walker and Lisa Seaburg are organizing the first Mississippi chapter of the Blue Star Moms of Mississippi. While seeking membership, the chapter is planning their first project to send packages overseas during Christmas. Walker says that Blue Star Moms is a group that offers support and promotes patriotism. (July 19, 2010, Page 1)

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        Curtain rises on this week’s Faulkner Conference

        The 37th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference opening event was ideal. For visitors, the evening was a perfect mix of a hot Mississippi summer, good food, and lots of talk about William Faulkner. This year’s conference focus is Faulkner and film. During the opening event Faulkner scholar Matt Ramsey, introduced the opening night film “Roads of  Glory.” (July 19, 2010, Page 1)

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          City weighs deer control plan

          Soon gardners may be asked to consider growing plants that deer don’t prefer. This is just one solution to Oxford’s growing deer population. City Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood is looking for an answer from the Oxford Board of Alderman. A public hearing on the proposed deer management plan will be held Tuesday. (July 19, 2010, Page 1)

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            Crucial meeting set on bond issue

            You can help decide Monday whether the Oxford School District moves forward with a possible $30 million bond referendum to build a new high school and make other capital improvements. The Oxford School Board meets at 5 p.m. Monday at Oxford High School to gather input from the community about the bond issue before it votes to place the referendum before the voters. (July 16, 2010, Page 1A)

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              UM mascots down to five

              The land shark is still in the running alongside Hotty and Toddy as two of the five top mascot choices for the University of Mississippi. With more than 13,000 votes, the Student Mascot Selection Committee had a tough job narrowing down to the final five: bear, horse, lion, land shark and Hotty and Toddy. (July 16, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Supervisors want to keep Drug Court here

                Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth filed a “cease and decist” order against the Layfayette County Board of Supervisors. Howorth claims that the supervisors continually interfere with court operations since the current board took office in 2008. (July 15, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Presley: Deny rate hike

                  Brandon Presley, Public Service Commissioner, has recommended a 40 percent rate increase for Bell Utilities. During a hearing on July 1 an expert witness testified that a recommendation was made for a lesser increase. Based on information from the hearing the request to increase rates should be denied. (July 15, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Teens urged to stay in school

                    Students participating in a two-day college visit to the University of Mississippi learned the importance of earning a high school diploma. Local leaders spoke to the group of students which was held in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis, Tupelo and Oxford. (July 15, 2010, Page 1)

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