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Firefighters honored by Exchange Club

While every firefighter puts their life on the line each time they go out on a fire, the Exchange Club of Oxford honored two of those firefighters during its weekly meeting Thursday.

The 2010 Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Jonathan Hollis with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Howard Thweatt with the Oxford Fire Department. (October 11, 2010, Page 2A)

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    Ability Works helps the disabled become able

    When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.

    With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.

    A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.

    Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)

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      Growing homeless problem discussed Sunday

      A growing homeless problem is evident in a $10,500 hotel bill racked up by the Interfaith Compassion Ministries which works with the Ole Miss Motel to house displaced persons temporarily.  On Thursday, ICM paid out more than $1,100 toward unpaid rent to help keep families in their home.

      A Home Task Force meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the conference room at the Oxford Police Department. Anyone wishing to help find solutions is asked to attend the meeting. (October 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Remains of local WW II vet found

        To the Hellums family, closure can finally be found as their loved one, Cpt. Judge Clayton Hellums, will finally be laid to rest exactly 66 years after his death during World War II.

        On Oct. 9, 1944, Judge Clayton Hellums of the Paris community in Lafayette County and Army Pfc. Lawrence N. Harris of West Virginia were attacked by enemy fire in the M-10 tank destroyer while attempting to clear German forces out of the Parroy Forest near Lunéville. It was reported the men’s remains were destroyed in fire. (October 8, 2010, Page 1)

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          ‘Oxford in the Civil War’ – A new book from History Press

          “Oxford in the Civil War: Battle for a Vanquished Land” by Stephen Enzweiler is the new book just published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. The author is a journalist and senior editor for “Y’all” magazine published here in Oxford and he writes extensively about Mississippi and the South.

          I really didn’t find out anything that I didn’t already know, but the way the author has presented the data makes for pleasurable reading. I have read these stories over the years in various different places, but Enzweiler presents them in manner that follows Oxford from its earliest day through the war years. (October 8, 2010, Page 2B)

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            New public defender appointed for Circuit Court

            Attorney Josh Turner wanted to give back to the community where he was born and raised.

            Now he has his chance.

            On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Turner to be the new public defender for the 3rd District Circuit Court, a position held for almost six years by attorney Ken Coghlan who resigned last month. (October 7, 2010, Page 5)

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              Bond denied for alleged panty pirate

              The man charged with breaking into several homes and stealing women’s lingerie has been denied bond.

              Joseph Paul Lillo, of the Law Hills community in Marshall County, was arrested Sunday and charged with 11 counts of burglary for allegedly breaking into homes in the LOU area since June.

              (more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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                County burn ban approved

                During its regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors invoked a burn ban for the county due to dry conditions.

                The ban is in effect until Nov. 1, although it could be lifted sooner if conditions improve sufficiently.

                (more…) (October 5, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Police nab alleged panty pirate

                  The panty thief who has been rummaging through Oxford women’s drawers and stealing their unmentionables has been taken into custody, according to the Oxford Police Department.

                  The suspect, whose name has not been released as of this morning, has allegedly broken into 12 homes in the city and two in the county since June, each time taking lingerie and panties from his victims. (October 4, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    Fun run to benefit breast cancer patients

                    The Pink Dress Run will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Square. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the run which will begin at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard and end at the Square. And of course, participants are asked to wear pink.

                    Registration fees will give participants a pink VIP band that allows them to take advantage of several post-race discounts at participating Square businesses.

                    For more information on how to register for the run or participate as a sponsor, visit pinkdressrun.com or call Ott at 801-6922 or send an e-mail to valorie_ott@bellsouth.net or williamhwatts@gmail.com. (October 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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