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Foster parent guilty of abusing foster child

A Lafayette County jury took four hours to deliver a guilty verdict against a former Oxford man, charged with molesting his 16-year-old foster child.

David Campbell, 46, was originally charged with fondling by a person in a position of trust or authority and sexual battery by a person in a position of trust or authority. The jury acquitted Campbell on the sexual battery, but found him guilty on the fondling charge. (September 28, 2010, Page 1)

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    Future of bowling alley unknown

    When The Lanes bowling alley burned down last week, more than just bowling shoes and pins were destroyed.

    “There was so much memorabilia up in that attic,” owner Gary Churchill said Monday about Oxford’s nearly 50-year-old bowling alley. “It’s just heart breaking”

    Churchill owned the business, but rented the space from Robert and Kay Churchill, his aunt and uncle, who owned the building that housed the bowling alley and the Brass Monkey, which was owned separately by Chris Phillips and Ricky Bowles. (September 28, 2010, Page 1)

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      Education briefs

      • Locals graduate from MSU
      • OES names Shining Stars
      • LHS students excel on AP exams
      • BES names citizens of the month
      • Walking Wednesdays return
      • Lafayette Springs school reunion set for Saturday
      • Concerts for Students set at UM
      • NWCC offers GED testing

       (September 28, 2010, Page 5)

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        LHS students lift voices to raise funds for choir program

        A choir concert will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the North Oxford Baptist Church to help raise funds for the Lafayette High School choir. (September 28, 2010, Page 5)

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          UM builds for the future

          The University of Mississippi has been busy building and renovating structures on campus this year. With more than $154 million in projects currently underway, the projects are in various stages of construction. (September 28, 2010, Page 1, 2)

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            School not the only place for teaching, learning

            President Barack Obama spoke about education earlier this week, suggesting holding teachers and students accountable and considering a longer school year. Those things, plus money, may help Johnny learn to read better, but probably not any more than things his parents, siblings and relatives could do at home. Editor Don Whitten calls on family members to do their part in the education process as well. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

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              Sleazy Self-Expression

              After addressing one of his student’s dress – a cap turned around backward and droopy pants – as he came into the classroom recently, local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed thought back to his high school days and what his principal did when he was not satisfied with his students’ dress. (September 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                Jobless rate drops by 30 percent in August

                Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)

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                  City OKs Foster to head tech school

                  During its regular meeting Friday, the Oxford School Board approved a motion to have Lafayette County School District Superintendent Mike Foster head up the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology.

                  The city and county school districts will split the cost of Foster’s $10,000-a-year raise. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Whirlpool cleans up Oxford site

                    Whirlpool is working with the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality to clean up its former Oxford location.

                    To make sure the property is safe as well as marketable, Whirlpool has entered into an agreement with MDEQ to participate in its Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act to clean up an area in the defunct plant that showed the presence of hydraulic fluid, which has contaminated a 500-foot square foot area. (September 27, 2010, Page 1)

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