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Mounted Patrol sits more comfortably

Sitting on a horse for eight to 10 hours can create a sore situation, even for experienced riders.

An anonymous donor has allowed to Oxford Police Department to buy new, more comfortable saddles for the members of OPD’s Mounted Patrol. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)

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    First-time fundraisers succeed

    While the country gradually bounces back from the recession, local community members have proven that the needs of the many sometimes do outweigh the needs of the few. (November 10, 2010, Page 3)

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      New plant to boost economy

      When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)

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        Saluting our vets

        Several Veterans Day events are planned in the community to honor those who served their country. Read about these events in today’s Oxford EAGLE.

         (November 9, 2010, Page 1)

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          No loose dogs allowed at Lamar Park

          Keeping your dog on a leash has been the law inside the city of Oxford for several years, but was only loosely enforced at the Lamar Park — until now.

          Oxford police and animal control officers haven’t felt the need to crack down on dogs running free while chasing sticks or Frisbees at the park until now. Dog owners can expect to see this law strictly enforced after a woman was knocked down by a loose dog while at Lamar Park on Thursday. The fall resulted in the woman breaking her wrist.

          The Oxford Police Department and Animal Control officers will issue warnings for one week, Martin said. After that, citations will be issue. The fine for violating the city’s leash law is $174. (November 5, 2010, Page 2A)

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            Narcotics agents hope to keep new ‘legal’ drug out of Oxford

            Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.

            Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.

            Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.

            “We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.

            The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.

            “They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)

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              Oxford gets 1,000 jobs

              The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                Two courts deny voting lawsuit

                The lawsuit, filed by Earl Tucker, 96, on Oct. 20, claims the state was violating his rights by placing observers in voting precincts who might require someone to present photo identification.

                On Oct. 28, U.S. District Court Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. dismissed the suit which asked for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the observers and challenged the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition that will be appear on the November 2011 statewide ballot. The measure, if successful, would require photo identification at all voter polls in the state.

                Tucker’s attorney, Alvin O. Chambliss of Oxford, filed a motion of injunction with the Court of Appeals which denied the motion on Monday. (November 3, 2010, Page 3)

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                  Local voters turnout to show support

                  While the wet weather was blamed for keeping voter turnout low in other part of Mississippi, area voters were determined to cast their votes despite the storms.

                  More than 44 percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s mid-term election.

                  “That’s pretty high for a midterm election,” said Circuit Court Clerk Mary Alice Busby after all the ballots were in last night.

                  Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill said no major problems were reported at the precincts other than some long lines. (November 3, 2010, Page 12)

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                    Bank robber still on the lam

                    The Oxford Police Department is still searching for the man who robbed the Mechanics Bank on University Avenue on Tuesday morning.

                    Police say a black male wearing a ski mask came into the bank at 11:37 a.m. and robbed a teller at gun point; however, no one was injured in the robbery.

                    Anyone with information of the case is asked to call OPD at 232-2400. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)

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