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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Bullying numbers better, but there’s still work to do

The U.S. Department of Education released numbers that show that 22 percent of students ages 12-18 say they have been bullied. That’s the lowest percentage in a decade, which is good news, but there’s still room for improvement and we call on our schools, parents, students and family members to work to drop that percentage even more. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)

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    New projects look like what planners want

    Much of the discussion at vision 2037 meetings recently involved local housing and development, and it appears a couple of local developers were listening to based on their plans for a couple of projects. It will take more open discussions and communication to help make sure the landscape of Oxford is what it should be in future years. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Board decision options often quite difficult

      Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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        College — those wonderful pre-debt days

        Recent graduates at the University of Mississippi, as well as other colleges and universities around the state and country, will soon realize that they’ve just completed some of the best days of their lives. One of the reasons — college loans. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the student debt issue and how it affects college students. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)

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          Low voter turnout needs to improve

          Just over 18 percent of Lafayette County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st Congressional District seat. That’s better than the turnout of less than 12 percent for a similar election in 2008, but still much less than than we would like to see. We encourage all to exercise their right to vote June 2 when the polls are open again to decide a runoff between Walter H. Zinn Jr. and Trent Kelly. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)

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            It’s ‘calm period’ time; enjoy it

            We encourage newcomers to the community to enjoy this quiet and calm period between the end of the spring semester and the start of summer school at the University of Mississippi. Take advantage of less traffic, shorter lines and more options. (May 13, 2015, Page 4)

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              Medical Ministries Clinic important community partner

              Dr. Travis Yates writes about he Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic in a “Your Turn” column, noting its importance to the community and the importance of local assistance and contributions to keep its work going. (May 13, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Local baseball teams creating excitement

                From Ole Miss’ exciting sweep over SEC and instate rival Mississippi State to Oxford and Lafayette both advancing to the North Half finals in their classifications, last week was big for local baseball fans. Let’s hope the run continues for all three teams with more important victories this week. (May 12, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Honoring our law enforcement officers

                  Today’s “Your Turn” column, written by Ray Garrett, takes a look at all that our law enforcement officers do to protect us and encourages all to thank and honor members of law enforcement by attending Thursday’s Peace Officer Memorial Day activities Thursday on the Square. (May 12, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Vote Tuesday!

                    Don’t look for reasons not to vote. Instead, look for reasons to go to the polls Tuesday to help select the next U.S. representative for this district. (May 11, 2015, Page 4)

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