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Lions Band wins title

Five student musicians from the Lafayette County and Oxford high schools were instrumental in the Mississippi All-State Lions Band winning its 27th title of the Marching International Championship in Sydney, Australia. (July 22, 2010, Page 1A)

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    City looking into future needs

    A preliminary visit from the Sustainable Design Assessment Team wrapped up Tuesday as part of a larger study of how to make Oxford a more sustainable community. A team selected by the American Institute of Architects will work with city leaders and a steering committee to identify strategies to control sprawl and encourage compact development. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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      Deer issue divides Oxford

      Both sides of the proposed deer management measure will have one last opportunity to voice their views before city leaders vote on Aug. 3. The deer management plan calls for both lethal and non-lethal measures to control the deer population, such as bow-hunting inside the city limits and habitat modification. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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        Attorney: Retire murder charges against Autry

        The attorney for Bilethon Autry is asking the Circuit Court to allow his client to be transferred to a state mental hospital for treatment. In a motion filed Tuesday, Ken Coghlan asked the court to consider retiring charges against Autry after a psychiatric evaluation. Despite a history of mental illness, Autry was released from the North Mississippi Medical Center and then shot and killed his brother during a three-hour standoff with police. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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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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