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Letters to the Editor

Peter Kondos writes to give his take on why so many voters plan on voting for change in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, while Gloria Pettus writes to call for a No vote on the local bond issue to keep from increasing taxes. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)

Poor need more access to legal services

More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.

That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.

(more…) (September 17, 2010, Page 1A)

30,000 Yankees encamped at College Hill

Stories of courage and honor surround the Yankee’s occupation in the  College Hill area after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant crossed the Tallahatchie River near Abbeville and went on to Oxford.

Grant’s second in command was Gen. William T. Sherman. He had crossed the Tallahatchie at Wyatt’s Crossing, just to the west of Abbeville, and had moved his 30,000 troops into the area around College Hill. (September 10, 2010, Page 3B)

Through a camera lens…

William H. Morris isn’t a professional photographer. He’s just a man with a camera and a knack for taking pictures that capture the spirit of his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, Oxford and the people who call it home.

More than 20 years of photographs are what fills Morris’ new coffee-table book, “Ole Miss at Oxford.” The self-published hardcover book contains 300 full-color photographs on 232 pages. See a few of those photos in today’s Oxford Living. (September 3, 2010, Page 1B)

Tablecloth marks time

Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle recalls years and years of tailgating, whether outside Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson, out of the backs of cars in the Grove at Ole Miss or in the current “tent city” style all over the UM campus as she and other family members get ready for another season of Rebel football – and tailgating. (August 26, 2010, Page 4)

Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

UM professors top list for Speaker of the House

Did you know that the Constitution does not require the person elected as Speaker of the House to be an elected U.S. Representative. Editor Don Whitten, who learned that bit of info earlier this week, takes a look at the possibilities of someone else – he suggests UM professors John Winkle and Ron Rychlak – taking Nancy Pelosi’s position of power. (July 23, 2010, Page 4A)

Earmarks and communicating with lawmakers

Are you bothered a bit by some of the earmarks that senators and representatives are involved with? Why don’t you contact them and let them know what you think? That’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds – or should be – as local columnist T.J. Ray explains. (July 13, 2010, Page 4A)

Teacher and Student exhibit begins Tuesday at University Museum

OXFORD TOWN – An opening reception for “Teacher and Student: Abstract Works of Marie Hull and Andrew Bucci” will be held June 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the University of Mississippi Museum. Page 9 of this week’s Oxford Town has full details and images of Marie Hull and Andrew Bucci’s paintings on display at the University Museum beginning next Tuesday. (June 24, 2010, Page 9)

Let’s look at other towns offering Sunday alcohol sales

Local restaurant owner John M. Currence writes, in a guest column, that there are two distinct sides appearing unable to give much ground in the debate over allowing the sale of alcohol in Oxford on Sundays, and he suggests that the best way to reach a compromise might be for both sides to take a look at other communities that allow Sunday sales. (June 2, 2010, Page 4)

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