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Can Square be improved?

Oxford city leaders will unveil a Square Enhancement Project on Tuesday. Oxford leaders will consider whether the Square can be improved by making the historic downtown area more pedestrian friendly.

Details of the project will be unveiled at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. Board of Aldermen meeting. Mayor Pat Patterson said at least part of this new initiative involves improving parking and pedestrian access. (August 2, 2010, Page 1)

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    Tax-free weekend underway

    Parents and college students shopping for back-to-school clothing will get a small break today and Saturday during Mississippi’s tax-free holiday which began at midnight  and ends Saturday night. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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      How would Sunday sales impact city?

      The first decision made by the newly formed Oxford Alcohol Task Force is that more information is needed from other college towns and areas in Mississippi to help make a decision on what type of Sunday sales – if any – would work best for Oxford. The group met for the first time on Thursday. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Trying to ease Square congestion

        Driving through the Square during peak traffic times may be easier due to new commercial loading zones Oxford officials are instituting. Changes affecting Square businesses as well as delivery companies were announced Thursday by Mayor Pat Patterson. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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          Building a solid foundation

          A United Way committee is looking at ways to improve early childhood education in Oxford and Lafayette County. Accessibility to free or affordable preschools for all Lafayette County children is one area the committee is examining.

           (July 29, 2010, Page 1)

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            Flooding woes soon to be solved?

            Residents living in the flood-prone Chandler Avenue neighborhood near the Oxford Cemetery may soon not have to be so anxious whenever a rain storm passes through town. A long-sought-after drainage improvement project to install additional pipes has begun. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)

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              More bike paths being built

              By next spring, bicyclists should have several more miles of bike lanes at their disposal throughout Oxford as the city is currently bidding out Phase 2 of the Pathways Project. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)

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                IRS cracks down on charities

                Close to 50 charities in the community are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don’t file tax returns by Oct. 15, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Getting smart by going green

                  Whatever a business may do to go green, the members of the new Smart Business Alliance are available to provide encouragement and assistance. The inaugural meeting of the Smart Business Alliance on Tuesday had members discussing a variety of ideas on how to better organize and inform the community. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)

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                    5-year-old saves home from fire

                    John Preston Turner Jr. knew something just wasn’t right when he saw smoke coming from his friends’ chimney at about 8:15 Saturday evening.
                    “Daddy, look,” John Preston said to his father, Preston Turner. “Joe has a fire going.”

                    “I didn’t think anything of it at first,” Turner said. “But then I thought, ‘That was odd,’ since it was about 100 degrees outside.” (July 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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