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Robert J. Osterman writes to give an engineer’s perspective on banning loggers from driving across wooden bridges on CR 432, while Charles Scott writes to say that the convictions of Zach and Dickie Scruggs should be overturned now that those laws have been declared unconstitutional. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

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    Golf tournament to help raise money for local scouts

    Second annual Morris “Preacher” Lovelady Golf Tournament will be held July 23 and will benefit the local Boy Scouts of America. A portion of the funds will go toward a new pavilion at Camp Toby Tubby at Sardis Lake. (July 8, 2011, Page 3A)

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      Where to Vote

      For elections at the county, state and national levels, registered voters cast their ballots at the precinct assigned to them by the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office. View a map of precincts here. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

      (more…) (July 8, 2011)

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        Registering to vote

        You can register to vote in the county where you live at any time, but you must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in that election. (To check 2011 election dates, see the calendar here.)

        You are eligible to register to vote if you:

        • Are an inhabitant of Mississippi, except persons judicially declared mentally incompetent; At least 18 years old (or will be by the date of the next general election);
        • Have been resident of the state, county, and supervisor’s district for 30 days;
        • Have never been convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution (murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy).

        Once you are registered, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

        Lafayette County residents register to vote in the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office, on the first floor of the Lafayette County Courthouse at the center of the Oxford Square. You can also register to vote by mail. Download a voter registration form.

        Once registered, a voter will receive a voter registration card identifying your voting precinct location and address, legislative district, supervisor district, chancery and circuit court districts, justice court districts, Supreme Court district, school board district, and congressional districts.

        If you have questions about registering to vote, contact the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office at 234-4951 or call the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Elections Answerline at 1-800-829-6786. (July 8, 2011)

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          County schools OK $23.7M budget

          The Lafayette County School Board approved the 2011-12 budget for the district Thursday, noting that a requested 4 percent increase in millage is not necessarily a tax increase. (July 8, 2011, Page 1A)

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            Art groups receive state funds

            The Mississippi Arts Commission awarded $48,000 in grants to various artists and art programs in Lafayette County this week. (July 8, 2011, Page 1A)

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              Jail must adapt for mentally ill

              Lafayette County must make mandatory changes to its detention center to better accommodate the mentally ill or face paying $15,000 for every person it must send out of county to be held before a bed opens at a state hospital. (July 8, 2011, Page 1A)

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                OPD takes home awards at LawFit competition

                Four Oxford Police Department members competed in the 2011 Southeastern Regional LawFit Challenge in June, winning several awards. (July 8, 2011, Page 2A)

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                  Can wordy Faulkner exist in time of tweets?

                  Could William Faulkner and his writing be the anti-tweet? That’s quite likely, but it doesn’t mean that Faulkner’s not moving up in this age of electronic communication. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at Mr. Bill and some of his work as Oxford gets set to host this year’s Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference. (July 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Dems debate at UM

                    The two leading Democratic candidates for Mississippi Governor debated education, budget and social issues at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. (July 7, 2011, Page 1)

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