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Alyssa Schnugg

Open meetings, easy access better for reporters, public

Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has been in the reporting business for several years, including many in Florida before she moved to Oxford. She recalls the openess of meetings and records and the easy access she had in the “sunshine” state, and writes that if Mississippi could be more like that overall then reporters and the public alike would benefit. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)

Increasing ways to communicate, increases ways to harass

Before cell phones, someone “crank calling” or “stalking” someone by calling their home phone over and over could get away with their identify easier before the invention of things like caller ID, phone tracking and voice mail and texting where the proof of the harassment is often recorded.

The OPD has investigated 117 reports of harassing phone calls in the last year. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)

Keeping communication open the key to solving race issues

In March, a group of community leaders and involved citizens attended a retreat to learn how create open dialogue and get people talking about racial and economic divers in the L-O-U community.

As a follow-up to that retreat, the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and The Amos Network of Lafayette County will be holding a Welcome Table retreat, “A Conversation on Race,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. (August 27, 2010, Page 2A)

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)

Film maker chooses Oxford for independent film backdrop

With the first act to his new independent movie finished, filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips found himself needing some fresh ideas to complete the script. In May, he called Melanie Addington, whom he had met two years ago at the Memphis International Film Festival, and asked her to help finish writing the script.

Cast and crew have been shooting for the last three weeks in and around Oxford and expect to wrap up this weekend. (August 27, 2010, Page 1B)

Cancer race slated for this weekend

The Relay for Life fundraiser 5K for a Cure Race will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at the University of Mississippi Student Union on campus. Registration begins at 6 a.m.

The 3.1-mile route will be contained to the campus — starting and ending at the Student Union. The entry fee is $25 on the day of the event. It’s a tax-deductible donation and includes a T-shirt and goody bag. Buffalo Peak Outfitters will be setting up and giving away prizes to the racers. (August 26, 2010, Page 2)

Lion’s Club continues to be ‘knights of the blind’

The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.

The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.

The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)

Sheriff’s investigators nab several in burglary cases

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have made several recent arrests of those they feel are responsible for area burglaries including a break-in at the Lafayette High School field house and several vehicle burglaries in Wellsgate. (August 25, 2010, Page 2)

Financial issues head list of concerns

Members of the United Way Transition Income Committee have been trying to find ideas to help the financially needy in the L-O-U community in other ways than just being a Band-Aid.

Financial literacy is high on the list of areas the committee is looking at trying to promote. Al Hope, committee leader and human resource director for the city of Oxford wants to see more communication with residents on what services are available. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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