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Gifted program IQ standard rises

Oxford students are going to have to be a little smarter next year if they want to be labeled as “gifted.” The Oxford School Board has approved raising the IQ standard for the program from 120 to 125. School district officials say the change will help teachers better serve the district’s most gifted kids while also helping with overcrowding in those classrooms. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)

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    FBI to hold citizens academy

    The FBI will hold a Citizen’s Academy in May for education, business, labor, media, minority, government, religious and community leaders in Oxford who are interested in federal law enforcement issues and challenges. (February 25, 2010, Page 1)

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      Lafayette names top teachers

      Lafayette Upper Elementary School teacher Judy Bishop has been honored as the district’s Teacher of the Year. Fellow teachers taking the honors for their respective schools include Grace Brooks, Lafayette Elementary School; Penny Allen, Lafayette Middle School; and Joan Vaughn, Lafayette High School. (February 25, 2010)

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        Boy Scouts grow with the times

        For the last 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have changed with the times but have remained true to their basic fundamental values. Boy Scouts still work to earn merit badges in more than 120 areas including first-aid, camping and astronomy, as they have done since their conception 100 years ago. (February 24, 2010, Page 1)

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          House passes $300 million transportation bond

          A $300 million bill that passed the Mississippi House Tuesday may help to move along widening Highway 7 South. (February 24, 2010, Page 1)

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            Keeping safe in storms

            Gov. Haley Barbour declared the work week of Feb. 22-26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week last week. In conjunction, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. (February 23, 2010, Page 1)

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              Stove possible cause of afternoon fire

              Food left cooking on the stove may be the cause of a kitchen fire Monday afternoon at Anderson Walk Apartments. The fire broke out at about 3 p.m. in an upstairs apartment in one of the complex’s quad-units. Neighbors heard the smoke-detector alarms and saw smoke coming from the apartment, said landlord Teresa Whitehead. (February 23, 2010, Page 1)

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                OUS: No new school

                After recently announcing plans to build a new, more spacious school, officials with Oxford University School are now issuing mixed messages about whether the new school will be built — and if the school will close its doors.In an e-mail sent to parents Monday, OUS Headmaster Don Frazier announced the mortgage for the current school building held by Citizens Bank was 90 days past due and that the loan was about to be foreclosed.

                 (February 23, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Groups aim to address homeless problem in Oxford

                  About 60 people from a range of agencies and interests attended a meeting held Sunday by the Oxford Homeless Task Force to address the growing homeless population in Oxford. Now they’re going to be working in committees aimed at six issues: awareness, fundraising, statistics, shelter needs, immediate response and governmental relations. (February 22, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Family raises money for information on murder

                    Willie Frank Bowie’s family has raised additional funds to add to the CrimeStoppers reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of his killer. According to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills, there is now a $2,000 reward being offered. (February 22, 2010, Page 1)

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