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Readyman badge helped scout save younger brother

Boy Scout Chase Freeman was able to use the skills he learned while studying for his Readyman Badge as a Cub Scout earlier this year when he performed the Heimlick maneuver on his younger brother who was choking on candy. (December 21, 2011, Page 3)

Rural Legal Services to stay in Oxford

After much contentious discussion and planning by the directors of the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, legal help for low-income families will remain in Oxford; however, many services will be cut. (October 11, 2011, Page 1)

Letters to the Editor

Jan H. Robertson writes to remind readers of another election going on, one where they can vote with their dollars for Marti Stark in the “Dance Like the Stars” event that will help raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

Whose personhood?

Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at the personhood initiative, Amendment 26, that is expected to be on the ballot in Mississippi in November. She cites statistics about serious issues in our state and asks if those issues need to be dealt with more than personhood. (July 29, 2011, Page 4A)

Jail must adapt for mentally ill

Lafayette County must make mandatory changes to its detention center to better accommodate the mentally ill or face paying $15,000 for every person it must send out of county to be held before a bed opens at a state hospital. (July 8, 2011, Page 1A)

Are the hours, days crawling by or flying for you?

“Are we there yet?” “Is it time yet?” “How much longer?” Remember making, or hearing, those questions? It’s true what they say about time – it flies by when you’re having fun and crawls when you’re waiting on something. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the phenomenon that seems to change as we get older. (June 6, 2011, Page 4)

Are you up for a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl?

The Oxford Shrine Club has brought the carnival to town as a fundraising project, and the sights and sounds at the Sisk-Highway 7 intersection bring back vivid memories to Editor Don Whitten of his graduation from kiddie rides at the fair to the “big people” rides. Could a reunion be in the works for this weekend? (May 27, 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)

Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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)

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