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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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            Veterans Memorial Park shapes up

            A park is taking shape thanks to the help of the city of Oxford. The Veterans Memorial Park is beginning to take shape as Bennett Construction crews have been placing curbing along the street. The addition of sidewalks next week will make it easier to walk  from the State Veterans Home, past the new park and down the hill to the Veterans Building. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Faulkner’s life-long hunting companion: Sheriff Ike Roberts

              With the upcoming Faulkner Conference later in July, columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield will focus on the local people and stories that Faulkner befriended. (July 9, 2010, Page 3B)

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                Supervisors tell MetroCast ‘No’

                MetroCast knows where the board of supervisors stand. ‘NO’ was the official word from Lafayette County Board of Supervisors as they considered a tax exemption for MetroCast. In the past year representatives from MetroCast have gone before the board asking for what they claim is a mandatory state law that would exclude them from paying certain taxes. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors decided that MetroCast’s tax status would hurt both city and county school districts. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Fourth of July parade, activities fill up long weekend

                  This year the annual Fourth of July parade was short on funds and participants. Facing money troubles since the University pulled funding had folks like Pam Swain marching along with floats asking bystanders for contributions. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Cause for celebration: A church building stands for 150 years

                    This Fourth of July weekend, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church invites the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County to attend a celebration of their 150 years in their church building located on the corner of Jackson Avenue and North 9th Street. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)

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