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City schools map future

If Oxford school administrators have their way, construction on a new high school could begin next year.
The new high school is just one of several building projects city school leaders are considering to keep up with the growing number of students in the district.
The Oxford School Board approved its 10-year capital improvement plan at Monday’s meeting. The plan is essentially a wish list of building needs that school administrators believe the district will need over the next decade.

 (March 30, 2010, Page 1)

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    Education briefs

    In this week’s Education briefs:

    • Lafayette Upper Elementary School honor roll
    • Tonya W. Camp graduates Excelsior College
    • The Oxford Middle School Choirs traveled to Mississippi College on Thursday for State Choral Festival adjudication.
    • Oxford High School student Tri-Thien Che was among 16 outstanding Mississippi high school seniors were honored at a luncheon last week at the Capital Club in Jackson for their academic success and their involvement in their schools and community.
    • English instructor Morgan Cutturini of Oxford participated in the Itawamba Community College’s 23rd annual Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence held recently.
    • Adrian Young was named the Mary Cathey Head Start Center employee of the month.
    • Eight Lafayette FFA students competed March 12 at the North District FFA Competition held at the Oxford/Lafayette Applied Technology Center.
    • Bradley Shields of Oxford is spending the spring semester in Florence, Italy.
    • Ole Miss is offering a reading camp to fourth- through sixth-graders in June.
    • Monday will be Mississippi Clarinet Day at the University of Mississippi.

     (March 30, 2010, Page 7)

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      Nothing Frivolous About That

      A writing assignment columnist Jimmy Reed gave to one of his classes turned into a look inside the creativity of youngsters and the problems that might arise in our court system. (March 30, 2010, Page 4)

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        Walking to find a cure

        People from all over Oxford and Mississippi came together Saturday to fight back in the battle to conquer Multiple Sclerosis with a walk at Lamar Park to raise money for a cure and assist those battling the disease. (March 29, 2010, Page 3A)

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          Violence at the forefront

          Take Back the Night will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lyceum Circle on campus. A ceremonial march around campus will kick off the program after guests join in some pizza and music. The march against violence will end in the Circle where Janet Kennedy, with the U.S. Attorney’s General’s Office in Jackson, and Mayor Pat Patterson will speak. The night will conclude with a candlelight vigil and there will be an opportunity for survivors who wish to speak out. (March 29, 2010, Page 1A)

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            Locals launch TEA party in Oxford

            The Taxed Enough Already — or TEA — party now has a home in Oxford after Senior Status Judge Kay Cobb founded a local chapter. The group, not affiliated with the national or state party, will have its first meeting on April 17 at Avent Park. (March 29, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Oxford’s Walmart undergoes big changes

              Where’s the beef?
              And for that matter, where’s the peanut butter, the coffee, the gravy and the entire diaper section?
              Shoppers at the Oxford Walmart have been finding themselves asking those questions over the past few weeks and it’s probably the only thing they’ve been finding while the store undergoes a major renovation. (March 29, 2010, Page 6A)

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                What’s the best way to use a refund check?

                The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Attorney faces cocaine charges

                  Oxford attorney Michael R. Wall was arrested on felony drug charges around noon Friday at Lafayette County Justice Court, on warrants for possession of cocaine and delivery or transfer of cocaine. He was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center and later released on a $20,000 bond. (March 29, 2010, Page 2A)

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                    Conference center scaling back

                    A growing trend in smaller conferences and less attendees is causing the Oxford Conference Center to rethink some of its sales strategy and find ways to cut out wasteful cost.
                    The Oxford Convention and Visitor Bureau’s budget is created through food and beverage taxes and a percentage of hotel/motel tax revenue and then profit from center rentals. A shrinking economy has caused a decline in all areas.

                     (March 26, 2010, Page 1A)

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