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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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            Supervisors tell MetroCast ‘No’

            MetroCast knows where the board of supervisors stand. ‘NO’ was the official word from Lafayette County Board of Supervisors as they considered a tax exemption for MetroCast. In the past year representatives from MetroCast have gone before the board asking for what they claim is a mandatory state law that would exclude them from paying certain taxes. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors decided that MetroCast’s tax status would hurt both city and county school districts. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)

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              DUI arrests down for holiday weekend

              Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin hopes the lack of any arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol during the four-day holiday weekend is a sign that people are getting the message to not drink and drive. (July 6, 2010, Page 1A)

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                TVA, local electricity providers offer evaluation program, incentives

                Quick evaluations made by qualified contractors could help Tennessee Valley Authority customers save energy and money. Changes are suggested by the contractor and possible reimbursement money is then issued to a customer when the home is reinspected. (July 6, 2010, Page 1a)

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                  Fourth of July parade, activities fill up long weekend

                  This year the annual Fourth of July parade was short on funds and participants. Facing money troubles since the University pulled funding had folks like Pam Swain marching along with floats asking bystanders for contributions. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)

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                    City unveils new website

                    Have you visited the City of Oxford’s website lately? The city unveiled what it hopes to be an easier to manage site. Completely designed by the City staff, more features have been added along with more information for the citizens of Oxford. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)

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