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Friday, December 19, 2014

North Mississippi

Letters to the Editor

J.M. “Flick” Ash writes to say that when he was a member of the state legislature helping bring NMRC (in the 1970s) and the State Veterans Home (in the 1990s) to Oxford, one of the main factors was that the Oxford hospital was located nearby. Ash expresses concerned after hearing that one of the possible locations for a new hospital is west of town and away from those facilities. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

The race awaits for a good cause

Diabetes is a disease that affects so many of our children, and local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about a way to help some of those youngsters – by participating in the fundraising run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K that’s coming up Feb. 26 in Oxford. Jackson plans to participate and encourages readers to join her and others in the event. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)

Can you hear me now?

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley kicked off a “Connecting Rural North Mississippi” tour Thursday in Harmontown where he met with about 170 residents inside of the Harmontown Baptist Church to listen to their complaints in regards to a lack of cell phone coverage in the area. (January 28, 2011, Page 1A)

McBride to run for transit seat

State Rep. Warner McBride has announced his intent to fill the position of Transportation Commissioner for the Northern District of Mississippi in a special election to be held on January 11. The position was opened after the late Bill Minor, who was elected Transportation Commissioner in 2003, died on Nov. 1. (November 16, 2010, Page 1A)

Enid Lake Dam; A convenient rec option

OXFORD TOWN – The Enid Lake Dam recreation complex is a perfect spot for fishermen and families looking for a fun weekend activity and it’s where Ranger Deborah Freeman teaches visitors about the natural world. Check out Page 16 in this week’s Oxford Town for full details of the perfect “daycation” spot right in our own backyard as seen through the eyes of OT columnist Michelle McAnally. (September 16, 2010, Page 16)

Let’s remember all affected by Katrina

Hurricane Katrina hit land – on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi – five years ago Sunday. Editor Don Whitten mentions all of the programs and specials marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly and destructive hurricane, but wonders why it seems like there is usually more mention of New Orleans than of the effect on Mississippi. (August 30, 2010, Page 4A)

Spring Fed; Groundskeeper of Dreams

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – As we gather this weekend for baseball and boogie, a brief reflection on north Mississippi, this area, our dirt, this grass, our small postage stamp of native soul, is in order. In time-honored fashion, Dees’ neighbor, Smoke, went to Wal-Mart this week and bought a $150 mower and he’ll push it within an inch of its 3rd World/child labor/sweat shop/life. Check out Oxford Town this week for Jim Dees’ usual shenanigans as spring rolls in. (April 22, 2010, Page 9)

Weekend snow almost perfect

Youngsters around the community might not think so, but Editor Don Whitten felt that the weekend dusting of snow was just about perfect – enough to enjoy but not enough to mess up travel and school. (February 15, 2010, Page 4)

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