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Construction begins on BMX track

The BMX track construction is underway as the Pathways Commission works to obtain a new grant for a small dirt area near the Stone Center. (August 19, 2011, Page 1A)

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    Class changes lead to design changes

    Changes to the career and technical education programs in Oxford Middle and High School could impact the design of the new high school and renovation of the current one into a middle school. Oxford School Board members heard a presentation on the many changes on Thursday. (August 19, 2011, Page 1A)

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      City simplifies historic rules

      The Oxford Historic Guidelines are a bit easier to read through now after the city spent the summer updating and redesigning the guidelines. (August 19, 2011, Page 6A)

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        Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

        Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

          When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Clamp down on DUI starts today

            If you plan on drinking alcohol and getting into a car to drive over the next three weeks, think again.

            Local law enforcement agencies will ban together starting today and continuing through Sept. 5 for an intense crackdown on impaired drivers, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)

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              Baptist buys hospital

              After two long years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp purchased the South Lamar and Belk boulevard building of its BMH North Mississippi hospital for $60 million and an additional $5.6 million from its Health Trust Fund. The city and county will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250 million facility in Oxford. (August 18, 2011, Page 1A)

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                Parking group considers next step

                The city parking committee met to discuss the initial report on Square parking. With about 1,000 parking spots and crowded road conditions, the city is looking for ways to improve the congestion. (August 18, 2011, Page 2A)

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                  Whose help?

                  Reviews have been mixed since the movie “The Help” came out, and Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of the reasoning behind the different approaches. Addington, in addition to her thoughts, gives some from cast members as well as Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights movement. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Letting go never an easy process

                    How was it, parents of college freshmen or 18- and 19-year-olds leaving the nest to begin work, to let them go? It’s not easy, not easy at all, John Semmes writes in a guest column that takes a look at how he saw the process and dealt with it recently. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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