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Hope out of despair in Belize brings personal awakening

Guest columnist Taylor McGraw always dreamed of the day he would be signing autographs for a group of kids, but little did he know it wouldn’t be as an Atlanta Braves outfielder but rather as a student helping youngsters in a sixth-grade classroom in San Pedro, Belize. McGraw relates details of a recent visit to the community of San Mateo and urges others to help those in need. (January 31, 2011, Page 4)

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    Run for Hope half marathon, 5K drawing near

    Last year’s inaugural Run For Hope Half Marathon and 5K Run attracted more than 600 participants and was a community-wide affair that benefits camps for youngsters with diabetes and cancer at Camp Hopewell. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at plans underway for this year’s event, set for Feb. 26. For more information, check out the race website at www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Dr. Beth Coe writes to commend and thank the East St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church choir for its performance at the recent memorial service for Cora Jordan. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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        The one that I stuck with

        How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates that he’s been able to keep one — reading more — for a while now although he is looking for a new author to read since he’s gone through all of the books of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Charles and MaryJane Dollar write to comment on the low turnout and lack of local officials at the recent Martin Luther King birthday celebration, while Peggy Nance writes to relate her story of a kind unnamed citizen who makes her feel good about her new hometown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)

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            Local politics starting to get interesting

            Did you realize it’s only 187 days until the first primary elections are held? And just over 10 months before the general election? Editor Don Whitten writes that a date to pay a bit more attention to right now is March 1, the filing deadline for those running for local offices this year, and he notes that lots of hats have already been thrown into the ring. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Gail Brown writes to make the case for and to urge support for Senate Bill 2127, which would make deliberate, malicious torture of a domesticated dog or cat a first-offense felony in Mississippi. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                Happy The Cat

                Those who write newspaper columns, local writer Jimmy Reed says, don’t know who reads them, where they live or how they’ll react. One of his recent columns, however, got a positive reaction with a reader giving Reed a couple of examples of God answering prayers. (January 25, 2011, Page 4)

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                  ‘Lafayette County Heritage’ in 4th printing

                  Looking for some general or detailed historical information about Oxford, one of the many communities in Lafayette County or the University of Mississippi? Look no further than “Lafayette County Heritage,” a 1986 book that’s in its fourth printing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the popular resource book that’s available from the Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society. (January 24, 2011, Page 4)

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                    City, county officials urged to respond to Baptist

                    A meeting is set Monday for local officials and Baptist Hospital officials to discuss some of the particulars of a proposed new facility that would involve the current lease of the local hospital. Publisher Emeritus Jesse P. Phillips writes that the open meeting format is good and urges officials to work together for the good of the community and its health care facilities and programs. (January 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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