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Zach Scruggs’ guilty plea stands

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the 2008 conviction of attorney Zach Scruggs in a corruption case that also involved his father, well-known trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs. U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers in Oxford denied the motion to vacate the conviction.

 (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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    Buses back, so drive safely

    A new law that went into effect July 1, called “Nathan’s Law” allows for harsher penalties for those caught driving past a stopped school bus. The law is named after a 5-year-old Jones County boy who was killed when a driver ignored the flashing stop lights and passed the boy’s bus. (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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      City officials end Park Drive project

      The Park Drive improvement project has been canceled by Oxford officials and about $300,000 in federal transportation funds will be returned, city officials said Wednesday afternoon. (August 4, 2011, Page 2)

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        Planning underway to solve traffic

        MDOT asked for locals involved with traffic issues from Oxford Police Department to local taxis to provide feedback on Wednesday to help create a master plan for Oxford’s Intelligent Transportation Systems future plans. The ITS helps with technology to create easier traffic flow. (August 4, 2011, Page 2)

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          City OKS changes to weed regs, plot prices

          The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved changes to two ordinances on Tuesday. The weed ordinance found a more streamlined process to determine if property is a menace and how to communicate with owners. The city also approved to increase grave costs from $300 to $700 or from $600 to $1400 for a lot. For non-residents the city will now charge $1,000 per grave or $2,000 per lot. The cost increase goes into effect Sept. 1. A moratorium on purchasing is in effect until that time. (August 4, 2011, Page 1)

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            It’s not just the heat, it’s the apprehension

            Is, as T.S. Eliot wrote, April the cruelest month. News Editor Jonathan Scott suggests it might actually be August because of all involved with starting school again. He takes a look at the concerns that parents have to help their children from pre-K through seniors in high school deal with this month every year. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Glynna McKendree writes to thank all involved for helping the “Stand Behind Those Who Stood In Front of Us” campaign reach its goal much earlier than expected, and to remind everyone that the project and others to honor veterans is still ongoing. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                Welcome home … Rest in peace

                Rep. Alan Nunnelee writes a guest column to honor Cpl. Judge C. Hellums of Paris, who was given a proper burial in Arlington National Cemetery recently after his and several soldiers’ remains from a WWII attack were discovered and identified. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Kennedy returns as county coroner

                  Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy will serve for another four years after winning in Tuesday’s primary election. (August 3, 2011, Page 2)

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                    Raney takes Democratic ticket

                    Hollaman ‘Holly” Raney won the Democratic ticket in Tuesday’s primary in the House of Representative District 12 race. He will face Brad Mayo in the general election in November. In the District 10 race, Democrat Greg Hodges will go against Republican Nolan Mettetal. In the District 13 race, Democrats Don Randolph and Billy Gray will face each other at the runoff election. (August 3, 2011, Page 2)

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