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One killed in powerful storms


UPDATE: SWM Company on CR 166 was damaged due to the storms. The company is looking to try and move into another building but is shut down.

Oxford School District announced at 12:50 p.m. that they will be keeping the students until the threat of storms is past. There will be no early release.

Lafayette School District said they will remain with the students in the halls until the tornado warning is past. There will be no early release.
(more…) (April 27, 2011, Page 1)

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    **BREAKING NEWS: Storm kills one

    A 55-year-old Oxford man died this morning after he lost control of his 18-wheeler on Highway 30.

    Early reports say the man was traveling east near County Road 257 at about 4 this morning when his tractor trailer hit a fallen pine tree that was in the road. He lost control of the truck and ran off the road. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he was pronounced dead, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy, (April 27, 2011)

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      Carr dealing with tragedy of house fire

      Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Just ask Janice Carr, whose home and all her belongings were destroyed last week in a fire. Carr, who’s involved in a large number of community-oriented projects and programs, is dealing with the loss, however, as Editor Don Whitten writes in explaining her positive approach to life’s challenges. (April 27, 2011, Page 4)

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        Tuscan Hills to grow by 11 homes

        The Lafayette County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of 11 new single-family residences in Tuscan Hill. The commission also approved two road variances for subdivision. (April 26, 2011, Page 2)

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          More storms expected

          Another storm front will be covering most of the Mid-South today through Wednesday and is expected to produce severe thunderstorms that include large hail — like last week’s storm, complete with high winds and possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

          Lafayette County is under a flash flood watch, flood warning and tornado watch until midnight, unless canceled or continued, through Wednesday by the NWS. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)

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            OMS to get $3 million makeover

            Oxford School District approved a $3 million demolition and construction of a new gym at Oxford Middle School at Monday’s board meeting. The project will also include the addition of 8 classrooms for the school. The project is set to begin this summer and complete by Aug. 2012. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)

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              City fund OK’d for hospital revenue

              Gov. Haley Barbour signed into effect a request for Oxford to create a special reserve fund for hospital sale revenues if and when the purchase is approved. (April 26, 2011, Page 2)

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                Lafayette choirs earn top honors

                Lafayette High and Middle School Choirs have recently received 14 Superior awards at district and statewide festivals. (April 26, 2011, Page 14)

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                  Education briefs

                  • DDES announces honor roll
                  • DDE to host Green Fair
                  • Farrakhan-Muhammad accepted to doctoral program
                  • Roberts named best state nurse
                  • McDonald named top welder
                  • OE names Shining Star students
                  • Self participates in D.O. Day
                  • Flag presentation at Regents
                  • Summer School sessions set for Northwest CC
                  • National Latin Exam at OMS 2011
                  • Northwest honors 2011 hall of fame

                   (April 26, 2011, Page 8)

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                    Foolish Mistakes

                    Few aviators complete their careers without escaping dangerous incidents, usually when they have little flying experience. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates the stories of his two big escapes, one when attempting a foolish maneuver and the other when he almost hit another aircraft. (April 26, 2011, Page 4)

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