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Rain can’t spoil carnival fun

Water Valley’s 41st annual Watermelon Carnival didn’t let a little rain dampen the fun as folks showed up for arts and crafts and for all of the different competitions held each year. Jarrett Patton topped the field in the Largest Watermelon contest with one that weighed in just over 107 pounds. (August 9, 2010, Page 1)

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    Tracking down those cell phone numbers

    Did you get one of those yellowbooks thrown in your driveway recently? Did you look inside to see if your name was there along with your phone number and address. If you weren’t there, it could be because you’re a part of that growing segment of the population with cell phones and no land lines. Editor Don Whitten relates some of the problems that not having everyone’s name, number and address handy creates. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Harley Garrett writes about the death of local World War II hero Virgil “Bill” Appleton and passes along an e-mail he received that makes his point about the special man the community lost. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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        Obamas’ private vacation costs public money

        Local columnist T.J. Ray admits that the Obamas are not the first “first family” to take private vacations that include things paid for with taxpayer dollars, but he does question if it sends the wrong message in today’s trying financial times. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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          New principal begins first year of leadership at Oxford High

          Mike Martin might be in his first day of school as the new principal of Oxford High School, but he’s spent months preparing for this day. Martin talks about his main goals as the new head of the high school in the first of an occasional series of articles with articles during his first year in his new job.

           (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)

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            1,000 jobs headed to Oxford?

            Employment at Oxford’s Winchester ammunition-making plant may grow by 1,000 jobs over the next thee to five years if the Olin Corp., an East Alton, Ill.-based company, decides to move its Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operation here. A report from East Alton says the company is considering moving the jobs to Oxford. (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Using black-and-white film to capture Oxford’s true colors

              When Deborah Freeland first came to Oxford as a graduate student in 1975 from Houston, Texas, she was intrigued with the small town feel of Oxford and wanted to capture the spirit with the eye of a newcomer. Those early black-and-white photos are featured at Southside Gallery this week. (August 6, 2010, Page 1B)

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                Story-telling teens to make debut at Folk Festival

                This Sunday, teens from the Barksdale Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi in Oxford will get a chance to tell hundreds of people the story of a man who sold his soul to the devil to become the King of the Delta Blues during the annual Yocona International Folk Festival. (August 6, 2010, Page 3A)

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                  Finding solutions for obesity, mental health problems

                  The United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County is trying to come up with ways to battle obesity through education and providing needy families with healthy food. Read the third story in the series how the United Way hopes to transition Oxford. (August 6, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    It’s almost too hot for heat-related jokes

                    With temperatures moving into triple-digits and “feels like” temps in the 120s, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of “How hot was it?” and “It was so hot that …” jokes floating around. Editor Don Whitten passes along some he’s heard recently before getting serious and giving some helpful hints for dealing with the extreme heat now and ahead. (August 6, 2010, Page 4A)

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