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State Veterans Home

Vets remember furry comrade

Residents, staff and friends said goodbye to Stryker Friday during a memorial service for the faithful golden retriever who had been a part of the State Veterans Home for almost 15 years before his death last week. (July 30, 2013, Page 1)

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    Pantry names Volunteers of the Year

    Charles Lemmons and Lloyd McManus were recently awarded The Pantry’s Volunteers of the Year for their service to the food bank sincee the mid-1990s.
     (March 1, 2012, Page 1)

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      Thank a veteran today – and every other day, too

      We’re losing our veterans at a fast rate because of age, but that shouldn’t mean that we don’t honor the ones still with us and those serving today on Veterans Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the special holiday and what it means to him. (November 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Veterans’ supporters give generously

        The campaign, “Stand Behind Those That Stood in Front of Us,” kicked off in March with the group aiming to raise the money by March 2012. Through the generosity of local people and organizations, the group has raised more than $33,000 with seven months to go in the year-long campaign. (August 29, 2011, Page 1A)

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          Rear Admiral visits local veterans

          Rear Admiral Arthur J. Johnson, commander of the Naval Safety Center, visits at the State Veterans Home Wednesday in Oxford as part of Mississippi’s Navy Week. (March 25, 2011, Page 2A)

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            Too far away for comfort?

            Assisted living facilities for seniors, veterans and persons with development disabilities in Lafayette County were all built where they are today largely because of their close proximity to where Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is currently located.

            But now, with Baptist officials planning on moving the hospital, officials from those facilities are concerned about the possible impact the move might have on their residents — particularly if the site selected for the new $300 million facility will be where Baptist affiliates recently purchased 107 acres off Highway 6 West, about seven miles away from where the hospital is currently. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)

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              Vets home to start fund drive

              A committee has been formed to help the State Veterans Home in Oxford raise $30,000 over the next year. Local fundraisers and projects will be held throughout the year to raise funds that will be used to upgrade medical equipment and make much-needed renovations to the 15-year-old home. (February 24, 2011, Page 1)

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                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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                  Cadets, veterans share memories

                  On Friday, about six Ole Miss Air Force ROTC cadets sat with veterans at the State Veteran’s Home listening to the men reminisce about the days — and years — they spent serving their country as part of the “Valentine for Veterans” Program. (February 21, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Veterans Park closer to fundraising goal

                    The VFW, American Legion, Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans have been holding several fundraisers over the past year to raise money toward building the park that will be located on Veterans Boulevard, across from the Veterans State Home. So far, a pavilion with bathrooms has been constructed. The land has been cleared and lights have been installed along with some benches. Fundraising efforts continue with an upcoming Valentine’s Day raffle. (February 3, 2011, Page 2)

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