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Nurturing kids focus of new effort

The United Way has gained a step toward its attempt at making Oxford an official child-friendly community after being accepted as a candidate community to gain Excel by 5 certification. (May 11, 2011, Page 1)

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    Plentiful plantings for Powerhouse

    The grim gravel greeting visitors to the Powerhouse Community Arts Center will soon be replaced with a sculpture garden and numerous trees and landscaping. The $40,000 project will start this summer. (May 11, 2011, Page 2)

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      It’s time for “Life After College for Dummies”

      Do you know someone who’s graduating from Ole Miss this weekend. Perhaps you have a relative or neighbor who’s finishing his or her college days and is about to join the “real” world. Editor Don Whitten gives a CliffsNotes version of tips for college graduates ranging from jobs to housing to money. (May 11, 2011, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Linda Sallis writes to congratulate and thank the Oxford Fire Department for its fundraising effort for tornado and storm victims as well as all else they do for the community, while June Rosentreter writes to recognize all of the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops who helped gather items for The Pantry. (May 11, 2011, Page 4)

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          Local officers honored for DUI arrests

          Three Oxford police officers were honored recently for keeping the roads safer by getting drunk drivers off of them.

          The awards were presented April 27 by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the state Office of Highway Safety to DUI officers David Sabin, Hildon Sessums and Chris Ray. (May 10, 2011, Page 2)

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            Judge considers motions to disqualify prosecutor

            After a full day of testimony and arguments Monday, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. said he will take up to 48 hours to rule on whether U.S. Assistant Attorney Bob Norman should be disqualified from testifying at any future hearings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

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              County to turn debris into mulch

              Lafayette County has brought in two large grinders to help turn the tons of fallen trees, limbs and brush into tons of mulch. Homeowners can leave the debris at the curb in the storm-riddled areas and crews will pick it up and bring it to the Lafayette County Industrial Park where the grinders are located. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

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                Building boom?

                The city is seeing a growth in construction projects in the beginning of May after a sluggish April brought in only 95 permits worth about $1.1. million. Already in the first week of May the city has seen $1 million in construction planned through permits. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

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                  Drop-out rates increase statewide

                  The Oxford School District continues to have one of the lowest rates but did increase since last year while Lafayette School District improved its rates by over 2 percent. The state crept up by .2 to 17 percent. (May 10, 2011, Page 8)

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                    Education briefs

                    • OSD registration begins Monday
                    • Boatright retires from NWCC
                    • LMS sets test schedule
                    • OHS theater department earns nominations
                    • LHS ROTC wins award
                    • BES names April citizens of the month
                    • Oxford students honored with National Merit scholarships
                    • Conner earns scholarship
                    • Jones wins ORAU award
                    • Horton retirement reception tonight
                    • Cotillion sets parent’s reception, registration
                    • Reunions planned
                    • Kayla Gala set May 26-28
                    • LES Spring Carnival photos
                    • Dayan receives UM’s highest academic award
                    • UM Moot Court Team wins national competition

                     (May 10, 2011, Page 8)

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