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Former principal, community leader dies after wasp sting

Leonard Thompson, 73, died this morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after being stung by a wasp, according to Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy.

Kennedy said Thompson went outside to put away his lawn mower. He came back inside his home on Highway 334 and told his wife he had been stung by a wasp.

“He collapsed moments later,” Kennedy said.

Thompson, who was instrumental in integrating the Oxford School District, was the first minority to graduate from the University of Mississippi graduate program in 1967. He became a principal at Central High the year  the schools integrated and was given the vice-principal job at Oxford High School. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Share your memories of Thompson with The EAGLE in our comment section. (June 22, 2010)

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    Co-ed football camp offers both genders chance to enhance athletic ability

    NFL player Terrance Metcalf wants all youth to learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
    Metcalf, founder of the Metcalf-Holden Outreach Foundation, wants to enhance the growth and development of children by providing a positive atmosphere through recreational activities.

    The foundation will help achieve that goal by hosting its first Co-ed Football Camp this Saturday at Oxford High School. (June 22, 2010, Page 3)

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      Spring’s labor sprouts rewards

      After more than a year of planning and a spring of planting, the fruits of the community’s labor were on display Monday at the grand opening of Oxford’s Community Garden. (June 22, 2010, Page 1)

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        Education briefs

        • Laney Mays to attend Governor’s School
        • Dexter Lee wins Crouther Scholarship
        • Felicity Flesher wins scholarships
        • Six FFA members compete in state competition
        • Free math workshops to be offerd at NWCC
        • Bullying meeting in August
        • Tailgate fundraiser set for Boys and Girls Club
        • Locals make MSU honor rolls
        • NWCC scholarships announced
        • OHS honor roll

         (June 22, 2010, Page 5, 12)

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          Pathways Commission hopes to woo conference

          The Oxford Pathways Commission is putting together an application to bid for the Safe Routes to School national conference that would bring 600 attendees from across the country to Oxford in August 2011. (June 22, 2010, Page 2)

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            Coaches team up for kids

            During a football game, Rebel coach Houston Nutt and Bulldog coach Dan Mullan are on opposite sides of the field, both instructing their teams to do whatever necessary to beat the other’s team.
            However, the two will come together on July 31 during the “Tailgate Together for Our Kids,” presented by Cellular South at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. (June 22, 2010, Page 1)

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              November 2010

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed gives his opinion on the current administration and results of the national elections in 2008, and says that the November 2010 elections offer voters a chance to clean up the mess. (June 22, 2010, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Barry Grantham writes to clarify his stance on the issue of the city’s landscaping ordinance and how it affects the Oxford East Shopping Center he owns. (June 22, 2010, Page 4)

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                  UM creates new position to fight poverty

                  The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts has teamed up with Americorps to be a host site for a newposition designed to fight poverty in north Mississippi.

                  UM is accepting applications for the Volunteer In Service to America — or VISTA — employee now. THis is a one-year, full-time position that includes free housing, a meal stipend, health benefits and an education grant which can be used for graduate education or to repay student loans. (June 21, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Land records now available online

                    For $30 a month, interested parties can view all deeds and land records filed at the Lafayette County Chancery Clerk’s office.
                    The information went online on June 15, thanks to Delta Computer Systems which hosts the website where the records are available. Delta also hosts records for the Circuit Court and Tax Collector/Assessor. (June 21, 2010, Page 2)

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