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Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Pondering traffic control and speeders

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after seeing a state trooper stopping someone on a rural road, wondered about traffic laws, enforcement and dealing with speeders. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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    City, county, MDOT workers deserve lots of credit

    We applaud the planning by city, county and state officials, and thank the workers for Oxford, Lafayette County and the Department of Transportation for all of their work in making streets, roads and highways passable during this week’s winter storm. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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      Snow brings closings, risky roads

      Garbage collection, school and events have been canceled for today due to snow.

       (February 26, 2015, Page 1A, 3A)

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        UM to host first folio exhibit

        The Ford Center at the University of Mississippi will host an exhibit of a rare collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibit, “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” will be in Oxford for one month in 2016. (February 26, 2015, Page 1A)

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          Tom Freeland: Someone I am proud to call a friend

          Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls her first and last meetings with local attorney Tom Freeland, who passed away last weekend. She remembers his help, his knowledge, his support and his wave and smile. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Don’t like the snow? Don’t worry, we’ll have something different soon

            Watch the weather over the next week or so. Watch how we go from a winter snowstorm and temperatures in the teens to thunderstorms and temperatures in the 60s. It’s just the way weather goes in north Mississippi — if you don’t like what you get today, just wait for t0morrow. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Ole Miss student dies after sledding accident

              A University of Mississippi student died from  injuries he suffered after being thrown from a sled in the Highland Square neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

              According to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, the 22-year-old student from Kentucky was flown off the sled after running into a sign and was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he later died from internal injuries. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the incident, Kennedy said.

              Kennedy confirmed the man was a student at Ole Miss but was withholding his name pending family notification. (February 25, 2015)

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                Crime Report


                Neighborhood Watch

                A listing of local burglaries supplied by law enforcement agencies to warn residents to take extra security precautions:

                — The Oxford Police Department reported a vehicle burglary at the 200 block of South 18th Street.

                — The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department reported one residential burglary on Highway 9.


                Oxford Police

                Officers investigated six wrecks, issued 33 tickets, and made six arrests on the following charges:

                — Two for domestic violence with simple assault

                — Careless driving, possession of drugs and DUI

                — Careless driving, one headlight and DUI

                — Speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia

                — Expired tag, driving while license suspended and no insurance

                Officers investigated the following reports:

                — Three alarms

                — Three for shoplifting

                — Two petty thefts

                — Two suspicious activities

                — Suspicious vehicle

                — Ambulance assist

                — Missing dog

                — Trespassing

                — Lost property

                — Civil matter

                — Abandoned vehicle

                — Malicious mischief

                — Vehicle burglary (See above)


                University Police

                Reports unavailable this morning.


                Sheriff’s Department

                Deputies investigated two wrecks and the following reports:

                — Three alarms

                — Animal complaint

                — Residential burglary (See above)

                — Petty theft

                — Seven service calls

                — Vandalism

                — Scam

                — Four traffic complaints

                — Follow-up report


                Oxford Fire Department

                No activity to report.


                Lafayette County Fire

                No activity to report.


                County EMS

                Six EMS calls were reported in the county.

                 (February 25, 2015, Page 2A)

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                  UM Music Department presents Black History Month concert

                  University Communications


                  As part of the University of Mississippi’s observance of Black History Month, the Department of Music  will present its annual concert Thursday night.

                  The event begins at 7:30  in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

                  “The Department of Music does a Black History Month concert every February, led by the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble and featuring a variety of musical ensembles and guest performers,” said J. Ryan Breeland, program coordinator.

                  “Our repertoire features Ghanaian dances and compositions by William Grant Still, Ayatey Shabazz, William Owens, Michael Ndow, Robert Sheldon, Len ‘Boogie’ Sharpe, Rafael De Leon, et al, John Rosamond Johnson, Daniel Kelley, Mary Lou Williams and Oliver Nelson.”

                  Featured ensembles include the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, directed by George Dor; the UM Steel Orchestra and World Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ricky Burkhead; the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michael Worthy; and the UM Concert Band, directed by Randy Dale.

                  Guest artists scheduled are Johnny Lane, renowned percussionist and UM professor emeritus; Samuel K. Elikem Nyamuame, co-director of Binghamton University’s African Music and Dance Ensemble; and Damien Wash, vocalist and UM alumnus. Music student soloists are George Money, vibraphone; Christopher Scott, saxophone; Kashaun Wortham, violoncello; Brandon Collins, clarinet; and Jasmaine Wilbert, lead voice.

                  A UM wind quintet will also perform. Members include Donnie McGee, flute; Pamela Ponce, oboe; Kim Cassisa, clarinet; Traces Brooks, horn; and Madison Lorenzo, bassoon. Accompanists are Gordon Jason and Stacy Rodgers.

                   (February 25, 2015, Page 3A)

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                    Pack-A-Thon looking for volunteers

                    By Alyssa Schnugg

                    Staff Writer


                    Volunteers for this year’s Feed the Hunger Pack-A-Thon are asking folks to spend a couple of hours packing nutritious meals for children who may otherwise do without.

                    Mary Katherine Perry, founder of the Oxford event, said she’s seen first-hand where the meals go during two trips to Kenya with the Feed the Hunger organization.

                    (more…) (February 25, 2015, Page 1A, 6A)

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