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Local firefighters given Valor Award for heroic efforts

Several Oxford firefighters were awarded for their valor and heroic efforts during a deadly fire in January where two woman lost their lives. The award was given to the firefighters on Friday in Jackson at the annual Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association banquet. (February 16, 2011, Page 1)

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    Toy sparks memories of spit balls, paper footballs

    A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)

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      Dead geese found outside Oxford

      The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are investigating the illegal dumping of dead geese on Old Sardis Road. (February 15, 2011, Page 2)

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        New animal shelter opens today

        The Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society is opening the doors to its new 4,000-square-foot shelter today after spending the past three days toting the animals to their new home. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)

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          Time to shake ‘em on down

          The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Festival organizers are putting together an all-star lineup of both musical acts and art vendors. Recently is was announced that one of Mississippi’s own, the North Mississippi Allstars, will be headlining Saturday night’s music festival. A full lineup is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)

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            Poker Face

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates Mark Twain’s classic short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to tales he recently shared – with a poker face – with his students. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Kaye H. Bryant writes to say that the Oxford High play, “The Wizard of Oz,” was even better than recent year’s performances, Harry A. Sneed writes to thank the local supervisors, mayor and aldermen for their hard work and diligence in dealing with the hospital/health care issue and Anne Steel sent in new numbers that show an alarming trend when it comes to discarded trash around town. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)

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                Reveal your hidden talents

                The Oxford Park Commission and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council are hosting the second annual Oxford’s Got Talent contest. The contest is scheduled for March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. (February 14, 2011, Page 3A)

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                  Film fans flock to festival

                  The 10-minute community film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade,” helped the Oxford Film Festival almost double its number of attendees this year, according to organizers.

                  Film Festival co-director Michelle Emanuel said two screenings were planned for the short film, however, they had to show the film an additional four times to accommodate the crowd that showed up to see the film. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)

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                    Mapping out the future

                    Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)

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