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Lafayette County

It’s time to give life’s ‘useless’ info its due

Minutiae – it captures all of us from time to time, even founding father George Washington. With that bit of info, local columnist Deidra Jackson admits she’s caught up in the Casey Anthony murder trial, which sparks thoughts back to earlier days as a reporter covering cases in court. (June 30, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

David Heckel of the Oxford Community Tennis Association writes to point out the need for more tennis courts and facilities in Oxford, citing the recent OCTA Junior Tennis Tournament as an example of how the community would benefit from more, and large, tournaments. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

Neither major party really gets it

Local columnist T.J. Ray received a form letter the other day asking for contributions and support for one of our major political parties. That sparked Ray to ponder both major parties and how neither one completely fills most folks wish lists. (June 13, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

The board of the local More Than a Meal program writes to thank the community for helping make the Tuesday evening program offering meals and other opportunities a big success in its first year. (June 8, 2011, Page 4A)

Animal rescue?

One hundred and two. Yes, 102. That’s the number of animals euthanized between May 26 and 31, according to the the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, because of behavior, illness and space. Staff Writer Melanie Addington looks for a different answer and discusses no-kill principles with someone involved with that approach. (June 3, 2011, Page 4A)

Trying to figure out our local gasoline prices

While there’s a report that gasoline prices could start dropping, they have been doing just the opposite for quite a while now and are nearing the $4 a gallon mark. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the longstanding concern among local citizens about prices being higher in Oxford and Lafayette County than in towns and counties less than an hour away. (May 9, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Tina Cox writes to tell of all of the assistance friends, neighbors and others are giving those in the Pine Flat area after the recent tornado and to thank them for what they’ve done. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

Carr dealing with tragedy of house fire

Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Just ask Janice Carr, whose home and all her belongings were destroyed last week in a fire. Carr, who’s involved in a large number of community-oriented projects and programs, is dealing with the loss, however, as Editor Don Whitten writes in explaining her positive approach to life’s challenges. (April 27, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Longtime local physician Dr. Purves McLaurin gives his perspective on the local hospital and health care scene, citing changes through the years and urging all to look ahead to tomorrow’s great advancements. (April 13, 2011, Page 4)

Giving – it’s something we’re good at

If you’re lending someone a helping hand, then give yourself a hand. In a state and a community that’s known for supporting charitable causes, there are plenty of options. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our giving spirit and some of the possibilities to get involved with this spring. (March 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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