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Pondering traffic control and speeders

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a state trooper stopping someone on a rural road, wondered about traffic laws, enforcement and dealing with speeders. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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    City, county, MDOT workers deserve lots of credit

    We applaud the planning by city, county and state officials, and thank the workers for Oxford, Lafayette County and the Department of Transportation for all of their work in making streets, roads and highways passable during this week’s winter storm. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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      Tom Freeland: Someone I am proud to call a friend

      Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls her first and last meetings with local attorney Tom Freeland, who passed away last weekend. She remembers his help, his knowledge, his support and his wave and smile. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Don’t like the snow? Don’t worry, we’ll have something different soon

        Watch the weather over the next week or so. Watch how we go from a winter snowstorm and temperatures in the teens to thunderstorms and temperatures in the 60s. It’s just the way weather goes in north Mississippi — if you don’t like what you get today, just wait for t0morrow. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Oxford Film Fest: The Dirty Dozen

          In a “Your Turn” column, Melanie Addington takes a look at the Oxford Film Festival and all its meant to many in the community over the past dozen years, and she invites all to take part in this week’s events to watch, learn and celebrate the film industry. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Rep. Mayo’s state income tax bill getting lots of looks

            Oxford state Rep. Brad Mayo and two fellow Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would eventually eliminate the state income tax in Mississippi, and that bill is getting a lot of attention around the state. We have the same questions as everyone else: will the numbers actually work and, if they don’t , how will things get paid for? (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Helen Phillips writes to say that Terrence Metcalf and an unidentified person who helped a stranger in need restored her faith in people “doing the right thing,” while Joe Bonica writes about taking a closer look at some of the numbers in reports about lynchings. (February 25, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Weather often puts superintendents in no-win situations

                School superintendents have to make tough decisions regarding  having school when there’s the threat of inclement weather, and they are really in a no-win situation since Mother Nature ultimately decides whether their decisions were good or bad. Consider, however, that their responsibility is the safety of thousands of youngsters and you need to give them the benefit of the doubt. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Key Fobs

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about going over plans with his daughters for after he eventually passes on. His hopes that they honor all of his wishes went well — until he started talking about taking things and turning them into key fobs. (February 24, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Ed funding vote shows lawmakers’ feelings

                    Editor Tim Phillips writes that while it wasn’t a big surprise, it was disappointing to see the Mississippi House of Representatives vote for education funding more than $205 million under what would have been fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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