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Lena L. Ward writes to ask what she says appears to be the question of the day –  ”What’s race got to do with it?” – while wondering if people are worried more about President Obama’s success or their own personal well-being. (September 15, 2010, Page 4)

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    Giving new life to an old home

    City officials see a future for the historic Cedar Oaks home. Local leaders say the home if rezoned could be used for venues such as weddings, showers and club meetings. While the interior of the home would limit guests to 49 people, the grounds area could host larger events. To make the home more attractive as an event location, the city’s conference and tourism staff asked the Oxford Board of Aldermen to allow the use of alcohol in the home during social functions. The aldermen approved the first reading and plan to hold a public hearing on Sept. 21. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)

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      County, city discuss road projects

      Lafayette County supervisors and Oxford officials met Monday with Mississippi Department of Transportation District Engineer Richard Allen to discuss the future of three area road projects, including the interchange at West Jackson Avenue and Highway 6, and extending West Oxford Loop to FNC Park. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)

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        Supervisors OK $43 million budget

        The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to approve a $43.1 million budget for the 2011 fiscal year.

        The board also approved the millage rate at 36.26, which dipped just slightly from 36.27 for the current fiscal year. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)

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          It Tolls For Thee

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed quotes from John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to wrap up a piece about the value of friendships and helping one another. (September 14, 2010, Page 4)

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            Shivers to run for county coroner

            Richard Shivers, owner of Shivers Towing, is tossing his hat into the ring for the race of County Coroner. A paramedic since 1985, Shivers says he has wanted to run for the County Coroner office for a long time, but did not want to run against long-time friend Lonnie Weaver. Now that Weaver resigned from his post, Shivers announced that he was going to run for the position. (September 13, 2010, Page 1A)

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              City to adopt budget Tuesday

              The City of Oxford is set to approve next year’s $19.8 million budget on Tuesday. The Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. at City Hall to adopt the budget. (September 13, 2010, Page 1A)

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                City Oks new restaurant on Square

                South Depot Taco Shop will be opening its doors this spring. The the build-your-own taco shop will be located in the site of former As Seen on TV and Classy Creations. The owners, who are University of Mississippi graduates, obtained approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission last week. Co-owner Trey Horne said the resturant will offer quality food at reasonable prices – especially important in today’s economic climate. (September 13, 2010, Page 5A)

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                  The main goal should be helping kids learn

                  We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Jacob Roberts writes to urge supervisors and aldermen to work together to expand local tennis facilities at the John Leslie Courts so he and his Lafayette High teammates can have home courts to practice and play on, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank all of the volunteers and local farmers and gardeners who help The Pantry service the community. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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