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Alley effort underway

Alleys behind restaurants on the Square could soon be a bit tidier now that Oxford officials approved a new contract to cut down on grease bins. The board approved a contract with Hide and Tallow Co. of Birmingham, Ala., to supply grease bins for the city. (April 27, 2010, Page 3)

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    Parent of the year: Oxford

    Marquette Vaughn took the top honor as the Oxford School District Parent of the Year. Vaughn moved to Oxford in 2008 with her family after her husband took a job as an assistant football coach for the Ole Miss Rebels football team. She now serves as a temp at Bramlett Elementary but is best known as Clifford the Dog. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-2)

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      City gets $500K windfall

      State officials presented Oxford leaders with an unexpected gift of more than half a million dollars in road funds. But the windfall comes with a catch: the city must find a way to spend the dollars by May 28. The Oxford Board of Aldermen met Monday to approve using the funds to add sidewalks on Sisk Avenue and improve sewer issues on Park Drive. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-2)

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        Did date change water down alcohol sales?

        Despite large crowds on the Square on Saturday, sales at restaurants and bars seemed to have been less than half a typical Double Decker Arts Festival weekend. The drop in business has some Square bar operators wondering whether Double decker should be moved to another time of year, whether more festivals should be added to boost tourism, or whether the solution is Sunday alcohol sales. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-14)

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          Wreck claims life

          Scott Franklin, 35, was killed Monday night when he lost control of his pickup while traveling on County Road 143 off Old Sardis Road, according to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills. Friends will remember his smile, good sense of humor and big heart. (April 27, 2010, Page 1)

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            A Civilized Act

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes on those who favor gun control in his weekly column, citing changes in Australia and noting that the U.S. government has taken action to sell its spent shell casings to China rather than Georgia Arms. (April 27, 2010, Page 4)

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              Literary groups join forces for reading

              The literary group, Oxford Blue Books, started out several years ago as a few local writers and musicians who enjoyed getting together to talk. Now releasing their 9th volume of their publication the Old Blue Book, the group has asked other literary magazines to join them for a reading on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse Arts Center. (April 26, 2010, Page 3A)

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                Two-day festival a hit

                Despite concerns over the last-minute decision of the organizers of the Double Decker Arts Festival to move most of the annual event to Sunday to avoid stormy weather, the move turned out to be a prudent – and successful – one. Crowds turned out for both the Saturday-evening concert lineup of headliners and Sunday’s all-day attraction of art and food vendors and more live performances. (April 26, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Yogurt lovers say yippee for Ya-Ya’s

                  Ya-Ya’s, the new frozen yogurt store on the Square, opened for business last week to a packed house with people clamoring to get in even after the store was closing. (April 26, 2010, Page 6A)

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                    Families pack new Square Fair area

                    The lines were long at the Square Fair this weekend, as part of the Double Decker Arts Festival. The children’s fair moved behind the Thompson House and the Oxford University Club to rave reviews from parents. (April 26, 2010, Page 8A)

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