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Investigation continues into bowling alley fire

Fire officials from the Oxford Fire Department, the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are trying to determine what might have caused a fire that destroyed The Lanes bowling alley and Brass Monkey Sports Pub & Grub early Wednesday morning. (September 23, 2010, Page 2)

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    Water pressure still a problem

    Several Oxford residents and businesses are still seeing only a trickle of water coming from their pipes since a fallen power pole sparked a series of events that lead to loss of water pressure around town Wednesday. (September 23, 2010, Page 1)

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      Caretakers soon to get well-deserved break

      Details of a new nonprofit day program, Memory Makers,  for victims of dementia were unveiled Tuesday during a ceremony at the University Museum in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day.

      The respite care program will  be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The cost is $20 a day.

      For more information, e-mail oxfordrespite@ms.metrocast.net. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)

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        Fire strikes bowling alley

        An early morning fire left The Lanes bowing alley and Brass Monkey bar and grill destroyed — and Oxford residents without water.

        The combination of a high-profile fire and lack of water made for hectic start of the day for emergency responders and hundreds of the city’s residents.

        The cause of the city’s water problem started hours before the fire, when a Chevy Tahoe ran off Molly Barr Road at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and struck an electric pole, knocking it down, according to city officials. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)

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          Reward offered in hunt for panty thief

          The Lafayette County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a panty-raiding perpetrator that has local law enforcement officers scrambling to calm the fears of women in Oxford and Lafayette County.

          Since July, an unknown suspect has been on the loose, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables.

          All together, the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have reported about a dozen burglaries where all that was taken was the female occupants underwear or lingerie. Most of the break-ins have occurred in the city with about two occurring in the county. (September 17, 2010, Page 2A)

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            Poor need more access to legal services

            More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.

            That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.

            (more…) (September 17, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Officials agree dead tree must be removed

              A limb from the large water oak on the east side of the Lafayette County Courthouse fell at about 5:30 Saturday morning onto the wrought-iron fence the surrounds the courthouse. The weight of the limb was so heavy that about 2 feet of the fence buckled, looking as though a car had slammed into it instead of a tree limb.

              Now Oxford and Lafayette County officials are scrambling to get the large tree that has provided cool shade on the Square since William Faulkner was a youngster removed before another limb — or the entire tree — falls. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)

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                United Way sets higher goal

                The United Way scaled back its fundraising goal in 2008 in expectancy of lower donations due to a failing economy.

                In 2007, the goal was $450,000. It was dropped to $425,000 in 2009.

                “We blew it out the top, despite a tough economy, and raised $427,000,” campaign chairman Jeff Triplette said at the United Way annual campaign kick-off luncheon on Wednesday. “That was above our goal.”

                This year’s goal is $465,000. (September 16, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Historic Preservation Committee actions

                  The Oxford Historic Preservation Commission approved certificates of appropriateness for three projects while voting that there was proof of demolition by neglect involving a piece of property on Madison Avenue. (September 15, 2010, Page 2)

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                    Tree Board plants seed for green initiative

                    The Oxford Tree Board is promoting its Releaf program as a way to rebuild the urban canopy in the city. Cowan Hunter talked about different things citizens and volunteers can do to work with the Tree Board and the program. (September 15, 2010, Page 1)

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