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Jobless rate inches up

Just as the temperatures climb in Oxford every summer, so, too, do the numbers of unemployed. As it seems to do nearly every June, the unemployment rate in Lafayette County inched up. The jobless rate climbed from 9.6 percent in May to 9.9 percent in June. (July 23, 2010, Page 5A)

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    Tourism Council proposes $100K cut

    The sluggish economy still has its grip on Oxford tourism. With revenues down this year, the Oxford Tourism Council is planning to cut the 2011 budget by $100,000. Director of Tourism Mary-Kathryn Millner said, “we are being cautious and presenting a budget that is more legitimate as opposed to wishful thinking.” (July 22, 2010, Page 5A)

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      United Way steamlining focus

      Through research, a Transition Committee has been formed by the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County that’s designed to coordinate a community agenda for change by focusing on three main areas — health, education and income. Over the next few weeks, The Oxford EAGLE will publish a series of articles that examine the United Way’s three focus areas and what plans are in place or being considered to improve the health, education and income of our area’s residents. (July 22, 2010, Page 1A)

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        City looking into future needs

        A preliminary visit from the Sustainable Design Assessment Team wrapped up Tuesday as part of a larger study of how to make Oxford a more sustainable community. A team selected by the American Institute of Architects will work with city leaders and a steering committee to identify strategies to control sprawl and encourage compact development. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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          Deer issue divides Oxford

          Both sides of the proposed deer management measure will have one last opportunity to voice their views before city leaders vote on Aug. 3. The deer management plan calls for both lethal and non-lethal measures to control the deer population, such as bow-hunting inside the city limits and habitat modification. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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            Attorney: Retire murder charges against Autry

            The attorney for Bilethon Autry is asking the Circuit Court to allow his client to be transferred to a state mental hospital for treatment. In a motion filed Tuesday, Ken Coghlan asked the court to consider retiring charges against Autry after a psychiatric evaluation. Despite a history of mental illness, Autry was released from the North Mississippi Medical Center and then shot and killed his brother during a three-hour standoff with police. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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              Can you hear me now?

              During the weekly meeting of the Oxford Lions Club, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley explained the state’s Zap the Gap program. The program is aimed at improving cell phone coverage in rural areas. Brandon told members that the number of people reporting no cellular service in Layfayette County is “amazing.” (July 14, 2010, Page 1)

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                Heat takes toll on fish

                At Saturday’s annual fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy, youngsters landed plenty of live ones. During the contest dead fish began to float to the top of the lake. On Sunday, city crews began to clean up the dead fish they found and will continue when any other fish surface. Despite the loss of fish, the rodeo was a success with nearly 60 participants. (July 12, 2010, Page 8)

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                  Three earn Eagle Scout ranking since January

                  Earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts is no easy task. Nationally, statistics list that only 2 percent in earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Oxford’s Boy Scout Troup 45 is making mincemeat of that statistic by honoring three boys who earned their Eagle Scout ranking since January. Those scouts are Rustin Rasberry, David Rozier III and William Alexander. (July 12, 2010, Page 1)

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                    No tax hike, Mayor says

                    Oxford leaders have two goals as they draft next year’s budget…for all city employeess to keep their jobs and no tax hikes. How does Mayor Pat Patterson intend to reach these goals? City departments will decide how to cut spending. Purchases for city vehicles and funding for tourism will be given more financial relief. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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