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State flood map changes to be adopted November

The City of Oxford is preparing for new flood plain maps to be adopted on Nov. 26 which also will change the flood plain administrator to the city building official. Most of the maps will have no change as the city was currently up-to-date. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Committee formed to get word out about OSD bond issue, vote

    A bond committee will be focusing on leadership, parents and community, local businesses, and employees and youth as it gathers input from the public and educates everyone involved in a drive to gain passage of a $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District.

    The bond committee formed by the district is being co-chaired by Robyn Tannehill and Helen Phillips, who are in charge of the four main committees working with the community between now and the Oct. 26 vote. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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      Katrina left some positive marks on Oxford

      Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and surrounding Gulf areas, killing about 2,000 and displacing more than 250,000 people from their homes.

      In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Lafayette bus driver clarifies story

        After running a story about a child left on a bus at Lafayette Elementary School, the bus driver came forward with her side of the story – hoping to clarify that the school system had immediately notified the family. (August 26, 2010, Page 1)

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          Students begin first year of Center for Manufacturing Excellence

          The Center for Manufacturing Excellence – an interdisciplinary program that brings together the Schools of Engineering, Accountancy, and Business Administration at the University of Mississippi is reportedly the only undergraduate program of its kind in the country. The program is off to a good start with 27 students enrolled and more are expected as the nearby Toyota plant opens. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)

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            Lion’s Club continues to be ‘knights of the blind’

            The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.

            The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.

            The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)

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              Oxford school district growing

              The Oxford School District has grown 5 percent since last year with a total enrollement of 3,589 students as of last Monday. Despite growing enrollment, the Oxford School District is focusing in on ways to keep more kids in school until graduation. To improve drop-out rates, the district is developing a new credit recovery program for students who have failed a course twice. By taking the class online class, it will students one last chance to pass the course. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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                Financial issues head list of concerns

                Members of the United Way Transition Income Committee have been trying to find ideas to help the financially needy in the L-O-U community in other ways than just being a Band-Aid.

                Financial literacy is high on the list of areas the committee is looking at trying to promote. Al Hope, committee leader and human resource director for the city of Oxford wants to see more communication with residents on what services are available. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

                  The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

                  The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Child left behind on bus

                    For one mother, her 8-year-old son’s safety was the first thought after he was left on the bus in a parking lot and then walked into school on his own.

                    Lafayette School District Mike Foster is unaware of a similar incident occurring at Lafayette schools in the past, but was aware of a similar incident in another district in the past. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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