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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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              You Are A Diamond

              Sometimes teachers inspire students; sometimes, it’s the other way around. That’s the case for local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed, who writes about the heroic deeds of one of his students that he calls “a diamond.” (May 10, 2011, Page 4)

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                Disaster Recovery Center opens

                For Lafayette County residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed when a tornado tore through the southeastern part of the county April 27, a Disaster Recovery Center has opened at Anchor Baptist Church on Highway 7 South to offer information and help. (May 9, 2011, Page 6A)

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                  Mental health changes made, more needed

                  When Bilethon Autry shot and killed his brother, Charles Ray Hodges, in September 2009 during a three-hour standoff with police while his father hid in the attic of the family’s Grand Oaks home in Oxford, he not only ended a life, but he changed the course of his life forever. (May 9, 2011, Page 1A)

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                    Parents’ stress can affect kids

                    When the economy bottomed out in late 2008, therapists saw more adults suffering from depression and anxiety due to the stress of increasing bills, lost income and trying to support families.
                    However, the children in those homes also can feel the effects of their parents’ anxiety. (May 9, 2011, Page 2A)

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