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Hospital location tops concerns

After rumors had circled around Oxford for the past week about Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying land west of Oxford for its proposed regional referral center, Dick Cowart, counsel for Baptist, laid the rumors to rest during the meeting between Baptist officials, the Oxford Board of Aldermen and Lafayette County supervisors, and confirmed Baptist had purchased 107 acres, however, said Baptist has not selected a site as of yet. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)

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    City explores use of hospital funds

    With a potential $32.5 million dollars set to be accepted from the sale of the current hospital building this summer, the city is working to figure out the best use of the funds. (February 23, 2011, Page 2)

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      City approves new dog park

      The city has approved a new dog park to open in late spring to the east of the new animal shelter on McElroy Drive. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)

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        City seeks parking experts

        The Parking Garage Committee will meet in March to discuss interviewing companies that submitted proposals this month to move forward with parking strategies for the Square. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)

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          Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

          Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            J.M. “Flick” Ash writes to say that when he was a member of the state legislature helping bring NMRC (in the 1970s) and the State Veterans Home (in the 1990s) to Oxford, one of the main factors was that the Oxford hospital was located nearby. Ash expresses concerned after hearing that one of the possible locations for a new hospital is west of town and away from those facilities. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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              Two UM buildings to get new names

              The new law school will be dedicated on April 15 as the Robert C. Khayat Law School and Old Chemistry will be named Brevard Hall on April 1. (February 22, 2011, Page 3)

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                Runs aid kids’ diabetes camp

                On Saturday, the Run for Hope 5K run and half marathon will  be held in Oxford. More than 500 runners have already signed up for the race and organizers expect another 150 to join as walk-ins on Saturday.

                The race begins at 8:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and 8:45 a.m. for the 5K run. The race will begin at the Oxford Convention Center off Sisk Boulevard. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)

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                  Ready for severe weather?

                  Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Chitlins

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed’s memories of reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ work about human nature sparked other memories – of his constant companion and mentor Jaybird teaching him to enjoy eating chitlins. (February 22, 2011, Page 4)

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