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Neilson’s ready to kick off next era as it marks 175 years

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Neilson’s Department Store in Oxford was founded nine years before Ole Miss and 30 years before collegiate football – and, the retailer claims, before any other department store in the South. It has been in operation since 1839, save for a few years during the Civil War after U.S. Grant burned it and the rest of the ...

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Oxford, Greenwood removing Miss. flag from city property

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OXFORD — Oxford and Greenwood have become the latest cities to stop flying the Mississippi flag because it contains a Confederate battle emblem. On Tuesday, the Oxford Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 and the Greenwood City Council voted 6-1 to remove the banner from city property. Oxford aldermen also adopted a resolution asking the Legislature to change the flag. Confederate ...

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Oxford buys 2 double decker buses

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OXFORD — Oxford’s two new double deckers are more than 20 years newer than the buses currently cruising local streets. The city bought the buses in Phoenix, Arizona. The Oxford Eagle reports that the city is deciding whether to drive them to Oxford or ship them. One of the buses was made in 1983 and the other in 1986. The ...

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Visit Oxford to get new headquarters

OXFORD — A historic building that most recently housed the Freeland Law Firm and was once home to the practice of Phil Stone, William Faulkner’s attorney and friend, will be the new headquarters for the city of Oxford’s tourism promotion agency. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1J5ByXe) the building is currently undergoing minor renovations such as new roofing, restoration ...

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College Board names Ole Miss provost, Morris Stocks, as interim leader

University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan, left, who gave the commencement address, and University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones laugh at the University of Mississippi graduation ceremony at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.   (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle)

JACKSON — The College Board has named University of Mississippi Provost Morris Stocks to lead the university on an interim basis beginning June 15. After the board refused to renew his contract, Chancellor Dan Jones wasn’t scheduled to step down until Sept. 15. But Jones says he will take leave beginning June 15, and Stocks will assume his authority then. ...

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NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

A firefighter walks past the wreckage of a plane crash on Interstate 285, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Doraville, Ga. All four on board were killed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA — Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said. The pilot’s last radio transmissions before the fiery crash that killed all four people aboard came about two minutes after departure from DeKalb Peachtree Airport shortly after 10 a.m. on May 8, according to ...

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JOSH MABUS: Share and share alike

When you hear the term “sharing economy,” you might think socialist plot, or more likely, you might not know what I’m talking about. Through my unique form of amateur polling (talking to everyone I meet), I’ve determined that Mississippians might not know a whole lot about the sharing economy. At its most basic, the sharing economy states: You have a ...

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Legislators' education alternative challenged in court

JACKSON — An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School District. Shipman argues ...

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Oxford schools leader gets 6 percent salary increase

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has approved a 6 percent salary increase for Superintendent Brian Harvey, who will now receive $138,427 a year. Board member Marian Barksdale tells The Oxford Eagle the salary is not out of line with school districts of similar size. Barksdale says the raise was needed to stay competitive with other school districts of similar ...

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, and they will run without ...

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