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*BREAKING NEWS* Runoff in Miss. transportation race

JACKSON (AP) — Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. were headed to a runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed Caldwell, of Nesbit and transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, leading the seven-candidate filed. Tagert, of Starkville and president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, was second.

Following closely behind was Rep. Warner McBride with 20 percent of the votes. Tagert and Caldwell both had 21 percent of the votes.

One precinct in Leflore County remained to be counted Wednesday.

The runoff election is Feb. 1.

The winner will fill the vacancy created when Transportation Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs died Nov. 1.

The winner will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term. (January 11, 2011)

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    Few voters at polls

    Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.

    Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

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      Keep safe, warm in big chill

      With 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County, many children, and even adults, spent their day Monday playing in the snow, followed by getting warm by a fireplace or space heater.

      Fortunately, their memories will remain good ones.

      A National Fire Protection Association report shows 73 percent of home heating fire deaths can be attributed to space heaters and other alternate heating sources. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

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        Update BluePrint Mississippi initiative unveiled

        Former UM Chancellor Robert Khayat will help lead a new initiative to give Mississippians more opportunities. A meeting will be held in Oxford to get public feedback on issues of educational achievement, resource management, a competing economy and commercializing technology. A date has not yet been set. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

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          OHS to stage ‘Antigone’

          The Oxford High School Theatre will present “Antigone” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the OHS auditorium for $5 at the door. (January 11, 2011, Page 2)

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            Education briefs

            • OHS Concert Choir performs at Disney
            • Smith, Weeks obtain scholarships
            • SAT offers welding class
            • BES Citizens Announced
            • Delta Sigma Theta makes donation
            • Walking Wednesdays Continue

             (January 11, 2011, Page 5)

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              Regents names Dickens as headmaster

              Regents of Oxford recently named Britt Dickens as the new headmaster for the school. Dickens has over 25 years in educational leadership and additional 10 in teaching K-12. (January 11, 2011, Page 5)

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                Still, I Ask

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed wonders sometimes what and how God thinks, and he’s sure He has a sense of humor. While knowing that God knows best, Reed says he still asks for things. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Public meetings help produce public input

                  Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that public input through attending public meetings – before decisions are made – is essential to making decisions about local programs and projects such as school and hospital expansion and growth. (January 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Breaking News: Monday -Tuesday cancellations

                    Lafayette and Oxford School District announced it will be closed Tuesday due to weather as did University of Mississippi. A decision will be made on Wednesday at a later time. Regents of Oxford will also be closed.

                    (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 8)

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