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Tornado victims come together to rebuild

Driving down the roads where the tornado carved a path from the Highway 7-9 split, down to Pine Flat, through the Yocona community and ending at Highway 6 East, destruction is evident almost everywhere the eye can see. From fallen trees to houses missing roofs to homes demolished. What can also be seen is neighbor helping neighbor. (May 6, 2011, Page 1B)

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    Oxford base for Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has set up a central command station at the Northwest Chapter in Oxford. More than 50 volunteers have come to the area from around the country to help the victims of last week’s devastating storms. (May 4, 2011, Page 1)

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      More help for storm victims

      More help is on its way for the victims of the tornado that ripped through Pine Flat last week. A public  meeting at Pine Flat United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday will have information on what help might be available through federal and state emergency management agencies and a free concert will be held at 6 p.m. in front of Oxford City Hall. Organizers are asking for donations of water, diapers, canned foods and cash for tornado victims. (May 3, 2011, Page 1)

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        Gov. declares State of Emergency

        Gov. Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday for Lafayette County after severe storms ripped through the area, destroying homes, businesses and claiming the life of an Oxford man. Organizations have mobilized to the affected areas, offering food, clothing and comfort. (April 28, 2011, Page 1)

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          Knowing first hand how helpful the Red Cross is

          Just the smell of smoke from a structure fire is enough to give Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg flashbacks to the night years ago when her house caught fire. She and her family got out safely, and it was the Red Cross volunteer who showed up to help them through the first hours and days of the tragedy that she remembers as she urges everyone to support, and get involved with, their local Red Cross unit. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Red Cross asks community’s help to help others

            The local chapter of the American Red Cross is asking community members to “adopt” a fire family for $1,200 which will cover shelter, clothing and food for one family of four for a few days during its Friends of Fire Families campaign that runs through January.

            The Lafayette County-based Red Cross chapter recently lost national funding to help families who are burned out of their homes. For more information on the program or to donate money, call 236-1282. (December 6, 2010, Page 3A)

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              Katrina left some positive marks on Oxford

              Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and surrounding Gulf areas, killing about 2,000 and displacing more than 250,000 people from their homes.

              In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Local Red Cross gets more responsibility

                Red Cross is cutting its 13 chapters in Mississippi down to five due to financial strain over the past two years but the change benefits Oxford by turning the local service station into one of the headquarters for the newly formed Northwest Mississippi Red Cross Chapter. Bebo Howell, the executive director of the local Red Cross office, said many details of the restructuring haven’t been determined. (June 24, 2010, Page 1a)

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                  Shelters, Pantry receive grant money

                  Four local organizations that offer emergency food and shelter have been awarded grant money by the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board that is made up of local representatives from several nonprofit agencies. (June 18, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    Home lost in morning fire

                    Smoking is likely the cause of a Tuesday morning fire in the College Hill Heights subdivision that destroyed a two-story home, according to fire officials. (March 31, 2010, Page 1)

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