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Local columnist Jimmy Reed hears lots from family and friends about his reluctance to join the 21st century, but relates a joke he heard recently that shows that not all who are “older” are as challenged as some think he is. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Heat takes toll on fish

    At Saturday’s annual fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy, youngsters landed plenty of live ones. During the contest dead fish began to float to the top of the lake. On Sunday, city crews began to clean up the dead fish they found and will continue when any other fish surface. Despite the loss of fish, the rodeo was a success with nearly 60 participants. (July 12, 2010, Page 8)

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      Well, whad’ya know?

      Listening has its rewards and Kaye Bryant of Oxford has reaped its benefits. She is an avid fan of Michael Feldman’s “Whad’ya Know” radio show on NPR. Answering an announcement for the biggest fan contest of the show, Bryant sent in her entry. As the winning contestant, Bryant will be flown into Madison, Wis., on Aug. 13 to receive her award. (July 12, 2010, Page 3)

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        Three earn Eagle Scout ranking since January

        Earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts is no easy task. Nationally, statistics list that only 2 percent in earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Oxford’s Boy Scout Troup 45 is making mincemeat of that statistic by honoring three boys who earned their Eagle Scout ranking since January. Those scouts are Rustin Rasberry, David Rozier III and William Alexander. (July 12, 2010, Page 1)

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          Hollywood helps local youth

          On Friday the local Boys & Girls Club received a check for $25,000. With guidance from Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt, the coaches appearing to in “The Blind Side” gave a gift worthy of a motion picture award. Why? The money came from the collective pay the coaches received for appearing in the movie. (July 12, 2010, Page 1)

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            Summers seem to be getting shorter

            The countdown has gotten serious. No, not the countdown until the start of preseason football practice or the countdown to the first game this season, but rather the countdown to students returning to school. Editor Don Whitten points out that the summer break seemed to start just a few weeks ago, and now there are signs pointing toward school buses, shopping trips for new clothes and changing summer schedules for school mornings. (July 12, 2010, Page 4)

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              No tax hike, Mayor says

              Oxford leaders have two goals as they draft next year’s budget…for all city employeess to keep their jobs and no tax hikes. How does Mayor Pat Patterson intend to reach these goals? City departments will decide how to cut spending. Purchases for city vehicles and funding for tourism will be given more financial relief. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Veterans Memorial Park shapes up

                A park is taking shape thanks to the help of the city of Oxford. The Veterans Memorial Park is beginning to take shape as Bennett Construction crews have been placing curbing along the street. The addition of sidewalks next week will make it easier to walk  from the State Veterans Home, past the new park and down the hill to the Veterans Building. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Local dropout, grad rates better than most

                  The Oxford and Lafayette County school district dropout rates are better than most in Mississippi. After a slight decline in the past few years both school districts want to see graduation rates improve. Keeping dropout numbers in mind, both districts are making plans to lower dropout rates among students by keeping them engaged in school studies and activites. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    Friends help build ‘Harmontown International Airport’

                    With a love of flight and 50 acres of property, David Tomlin turned 1,900 feet of his property into a landing strip. It took five years and lots of help to turn dense forest into what has been jokingly dubbed, “Harmontown’s International Airport.” (July 9, 2010, Page 1B)

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