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Tourism Council OKs 2011 grant rules

The community grant program through the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau was approved for the upcoming year. Applicants are eligible if the event will promote at least 10 hotel nights, promote the event outside the county and take place between Sept. 1, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2011.

 (September 2, 2010, Page 2)

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    Drug Court oversight changes

    Lafayette County no longer to serve as administrator: Despite a plea by the Lafayette County supervisors for a second chance to be the lead county for the 3rd District Drug Court, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth said Union County will take the responsibility for administering federal funds for the program. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)

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      Poker Run to raise funds for veterans park

      Local vets are hoping hundreds come out next month wearing their best poker faces and geared up for a full-day of fun.

      The Veterans of Foreign War Clubs from Southaven and Oxford are sponsoring a Poker Run on Sept. 11 that will take motorcycle riders from Oxford to Holly Springs to Southaven to Hernando and back to Oxford.

      Funds raised during the event will benefit the new Veterans Memorial Park in Oxford. (August 30, 2010, Page 3A)

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        Free smoke detectors available

        The use of smoke detectors is the no. 1 line of defense against being killed in a house fire. To make sure everyone in Oxford and Lafayette County is protected, the Layfayette County Volunteer Fire Department and Oxford Fire Department are offering smoke detectors to those who qualify thanks of the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s free smoke alarm program. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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          City enforces alcohol laws

          Over the last two weekends, Oxford police officers have made 80 arrests, several being for alcohol-related crimes. Police officers were walking into local bars this weekend checking ID’s. From Friday to Sunday, 45 people were arrested, with 17 minors arrested for underage drinking; eight being charged with DUI and seven being drunk in public. (August 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Katrina left some positive marks on Oxford

            Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and surrounding Gulf areas, killing about 2,000 and displacing more than 250,000 people from their homes.

            In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Film maker chooses Oxford for independent film backdrop

              With the first act to his new independent movie finished, filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips found himself needing some fresh ideas to complete the script. In May, he called Melanie Addington, whom he had met two years ago at the Memphis International Film Festival, and asked her to help finish writing the script.

              Cast and crew have been shooting for the last three weeks in and around Oxford and expect to wrap up this weekend. (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)

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                Lion’s Club continues to be ‘knights of the blind’

                The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.

                The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.

                The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

                  The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

                  The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Store becomes more than a hobby for Oxford resident

                    Even though Patsy Englehard has only taken up the hobby for a little more than a year, her goal is to build a business that not only sells yarn, but also an oasis for knitters – a serene place where they can work with others in the knitting community. (August 23, 2010, Page 5A)

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