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James Alexander Ventress: The Father of Ole Miss

Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)

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    Younger Scruggs asks court to vacate his conviction

    In what appears to be an attempt to gain back his ability to practice law, David Zachery “Zach” Scruggs, is asking a federal court judge to vacate his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme that sent several attorneys to prison, including his father, noted former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. (August 20, 2010, Page 2A)

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      Lawmakers listen to public about redistricting in 2011

      Even the Oxford-Lafayette County area is not safe from redistricting, according to maps and information provided Thursday evening at one of several meetings being held by the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting.

      The meeting was held in Fulton Hall on the University of Mississippi campus with about 75 in attendance. About 20 representatives and senators from around Mississippi who are on the committee were also present, including Tommy Reynolds, who represents parts of Lafayette County. (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Thrill-ride incident leaves you wondering

        With more news coming out about a 12-year-old girl’s free-fall from an amusement park thrill ride in Wisconsin earlier this summer, Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people choose to strap themselves in for such dangerous-looking rides, much less allow their youngsters to get on or in the ride. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Curt Kennedy writes to suggest that the mascot for Ole Miss athletic teams be a horse named Rebel. He points out the positive qualities of the animal and notes that it could be a back-to-the-future type thing since a horse was on the field for a UM football game some 37 years ago. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Oxford prevails with Endurance Weekend

            More than 500 participated in a series of races as Oxford and Taylor hosted Endurance Weekend last Friday through Sunday. The event was considered a success by organizers, who hope to see the event become an annual one attracting two to three times as many competitors and visitors. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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              City proposes water, sewer rate hike

              The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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                Getting to know hereditary hemochromatosis

                This week, Dr. Keith Mansel writes about a topic unfamiliar to many – an illness first described in 1872 and in 1917 was linked to abnormal iron absorption by the body. For more information go to www.hemochromatosis.org (August 19, 2010, Page 5)

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                  Kiosk receives cool reception

                  A new kiosk that is suppose to make renewing driver’s licensee or getting a duplicate license faster and easier is now located inside the driver’s license office in Lafayette County. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Welcoming the arrival of a new year

                    News Editor Jonathan Scott wishes everyone a Happy New Year, and then proceeds to explain that many of us look at August and the start of school as the beginning of the year more so than January. He points out the changes locally at this time as students return to town for classes at Ole Miss and writes that we all need to be ready for the start of a new year. (August 19, 2010, Page 4)

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