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Storm cleanup approaches completion

Three weeks after storms wreaked havoc in north and south Lafayette County, organized volunteer efforts are drawing to a close. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)

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    Murder trial begins

    Attorneys presented their opening statements Tuesday evening after spending a day and a half selecting the 15-person jury — 12 jurors and three alternates — that will decide the fate of Caleb Corrothers, who is accused of shooting and killing a Lafayette County father and son in 2009. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)

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      Day two of Corrothers’ trial; mother testifies

      Tonya Clark took the stand Wednesday morning during the murder trial against Caleb Corrothers — the man accused of killing her husband, Frank Clark, and her son, Taylor Clark, on July 11, 2009.

      Tonya Clark testified that while she couldn’t pick Caleb Corrothers as the man who shot and killed her husband and son during a photo lineup that took place during the visitation service at their funeral, she said she recognized Corrothers sitting in the courtroom Wednesday morning. Glancing at him quickly, she pointed to him in the courtroom and said she was sure he was the one who pulled the trigger.

      Tonya Clark was wounded during the killings when she was shot twice in the neck.

      Tonya Clark’s oldest son, Josh, took the stand after his mother. Suffering three car wrecks since 2006, with one leaving him a coma for two weeks and a head injury, Josh Clark appeared to have trouble remembering some of his previous testimony he gave following the night his brother and father were killed. He identified Corrothers as the killer during the photo lineup at the funeral.

      Investigator Scott Mills was called to the stand around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to described the crime scene. He is expected to return to the witness stand after a lunch break around 1 p.m.

      Corrothers could face the death penalty if found guilty of the two counts of capitol murder and one count of aggravated assault.

      Read Thursday’s EAGLE for the full story. (May 18, 2011)

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        Hospital project moves forward

        The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp on Tuesday. The agreement must still be approved by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)

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          Local services available for Alzheimer’s patients

          May is Older Americans Month and as Oxford continues to grow as a retirement community, medical and support services continue to be an issue. Several programs are available in Oxford for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. (May 18, 2011, Page 2)

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            Chen named Google semi-finalist

            Oxford High School sophomore Dora Chen is one of 60 semi-finalists in the Google Global Science Fair. Her project can be voted on until Friday at Google.com. (May 18, 2011, Page 2)

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              Isn’t it too soon for another 100-year flood?

              We’ll never see a flood like the one in 1927. There will never be a hurricane like Camille again. You’d think we’d learn to never say “never” about weather and related disasters. Even talk about 100-year floods and such are hard to understand, so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at what a 100-year event really is. (May 18, 2011, Page 4)

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                Double murder trial gets late start

                Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their opening statements Tuesday evening after spending a day and a half selecting the 15-person jury who will decide the fate of Caleb Corrothers who is accused of shooting and killing a Lafayette County father and son in July of 2009. The state put its first witness on the stand after 6 p.m. Court ended close to 7 p.m. and will start back up at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lafayette County Courthouse. (May 17, 2011)

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                  Breaking news: City approves MOU

                  The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the memorandum of understanding with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp on Tuesday evening 4-1 with Alderman-at-large John Morgan voting against the approval. The county must still approve the MOU. (May 17, 2011)

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                    Chrestman returns to WVSD

                    After a 21-year hiatus, Kim Chrestman is returning to the Water Valley School District. Chrestman will take over as superintendent for Dr. Deborah Moran, who is leaving to deal with family issues, on June 1. (May 17, 2011, Page 2)

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