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‘A lucky man’

The local school system, from nursery school through law school, has been good for many local residents and their families, Andy Phillips writes in a guest column supporting passage of the referendum to raise funds to build a new high school. Phillips points to the quality of education and its draw on outsiders, and says it’s time to support a move to continue that high level available to local residents. (October 13, 2010, Page 4)

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    Voters get to know judicial candidates

    During a two-hour political forum last night hosted by the TEA Party Oxford, judicial candidates  introduced themselves to voters, giving their pitches as to why they are the most qualified candidate and expressed views on a handful of topics.

    The event started off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and was moderated by the honorable — and often witty — Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts Jr. from Pontotoc.

    “The public is often unconcerned about who holds a judgeship unless and until they get a case in court,” Roberts said at the beginning of the forum, held at the Oxford Conference Center. “Then they say, ‘How on Earth did you get to be a judge?’ Judges hold great power. Take time to learn about the candidates so you may case an informed vote.”

    All nine candidates running for Chancery, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals positions attended the forum. While there are 11 candidates on the ballot for the November election, two races are unopposed. Only the contested race candidates were invited to take part in the forum. (October 12, 2010, Page 1)

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      Panty thief a convicted burglary

      The man police say kept women in fear for more than three months after breaking into 11 homes and stealing their panties and other under garments was on probation at the time of his arrest for breaking into a woman’s home in 2005.

      Joseph P. Lillo, 32, pleaded guilty in January 2006 to a charge of burglary of a dwelling before Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth in 2006. According to the indictment, filed in the Circuit Court in Oxford, Lillo broke into a women’s home on July 5, 2005.

      The indictment does not say what Lillo stole.

      He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended, leaving eight years to serve. Yet less than four years later, Lillo was released from prison on Nov. 4, 2009, and placed on probation. (October 12, 2010, Page 1)

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        UM videographer makes EAGLE documentary

        “The Oxford EAGLE: A Community Newspaper in the Internet Age” tells the story of the local paper amidst common industry reports of metro newspapers closing or cutting jobs. The film, made by Mykki Newton, will premiere at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Overby Center at the UM campus. (October 12, 2010, Page 2)

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          2010 Angel Tree applications due next week

          Applications for children who may need a Christmas Angel from the Salvation Army angel tree will be accepted this year from Oct. 19-22. Guidelines and applications can be picked up at the Salvation Army office at 2617 W. Oxford Loop. (October 12, 2010, Page 2)

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            Renewed interest in Commons

            The new $200 million Baptist Memorial Hospital and the new $27.7 million Oxford High School could have some land in common – Oxford Commons. The development was approved for zoning changes through the Oxford Planning Commission Monday night to allow to move forward with developing the area. (October 12, 2010, Page 1, 14)

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              True Professionals

              Sometimes there’s a fear of doctors, no matter how much good they might do you. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes that fear head-on as he relates recent relationships with a gastroenterologist, a cardiologist and a surgeon. (October 12, 2010, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Joel Miller and Sue Cook both write in response to Dr. Will Dabbs’ guest column about the culture of alcohol locally. Miller says the problem needs to be addressed at its core, while Cook says that Dabbs’ commentary is right on target. (October 12, 2010, Page 4)

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                  UM fraternity feeds young students

                  Alpha Tau Omega fraternity donated snacks for the Leap Frog kids for Mondays and Wednesdays after the non profit organization lost its snack sponsor. (October 12, 2010, Page 6)

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                    Education briefs

                    • Oxford named Lighthouse School Leader
                    • Trash becomes cash at Della
                    • MSA to host information event
                    • Square Toast for Scholarships set for Nov. 8
                    • Deadline set for ornament contest
                    • Essay winners announced
                    • LHS fields team for national cyber competition
                    • GED testing set at NWCC
                    • October is Head Start Awareness Month
                    • Oxford Middle School inducted BETA club

                     (October 12, 2010, Page 5, 6)

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