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A soft touch during hard times

News Editor Jonathan Scott’s notion that the L-O-U community is a caring and giving one was only reinforced by recent work that showed 13 pages in the popular FYI section are dedicated to groups who give to the community. He also pointed to fundraisers and events held just in the past week that show local citizens, even in tough times, are ready to help others. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Mary Sexton and members of the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors wrote to thank all of those who made donations and volunteered to help with projects, including one that comes to fruition Sunday when the home for Lakesha Wortham and her children is dedicated. (June 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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      How’s it going with that summer reading list?

      Summer reading – it’s a tradition for many while it’s something others try to avoid at all costs. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at school summer reading lists and what they can offer youngsters as well as taking a look back at his summer reading habits from days gone by. (June 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Philip Loria writes to take issue with the feeling that the local drug court is costing citizens; he points out the benefits of the court and urges its support. (June 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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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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              Wood bat stories bring back memories

              “Coach, do you remember wood bats?” “Did they have wooden bats when you played?” Those questions came regularly back during Editor Don Whitten’s days coaching youth baseball and he was reminded of some of those memories and of his days playing with wood bats after reading a couple of recent stories in the sports section. (June 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Barbara J. Smith of the Pantry writes to thank volunteers last month and to let local gardeners know that any extra fruit and vegetables they have can be donated to the Pantry to go to local clients, while Jim Brasher writes to talk about encouraging and inspirational TV from “The Foundation for a Better Life.” (June 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Honor for ‘Preacher’ Lovelady very fitting

                  Family members are putting together a very fitting tribute to Morris “Preacher” Lovelady, who’s contributed so much to the Lafayette-Oxford-University community through his work on campus, with the summer baseball programs and with Boy Scouts. The “Preacher” Lovelady Silver Beaver Golf Scramble, set for July 17 at the University Golf Course, will honor Lovelady and benefit one of his favorite causes. (June 18, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Inspirational youngster gives hope for the future

                    Staff writer Melanie Addington says we need to take positives out of the recent story about 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s attempt to sail around the world rather than heap criticism on her and her parents. It’s hope for the future that makes Sunderland’s story one to read, Addington writes. (June 17, 2010, Page 4)

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