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Protesters shout down Ole Miss chancellor announcement

A news conference that was supposed to name trustees’ choice for a new chancellor at the University of Mississippi never happened, as protesters shouted down the expected announcement of former Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce . After pleading for civility, Trustee Ford Dye retreated from the lectern Friday in an on-campus hotel ballroom in Oxford, as protesters refused to ...

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Ole Miss student pleads not guilty in death of slain student

A University of Mississippi student has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of a fellow student found dead miles from the Oxford campus. News outlets report Brandon Theesfeld of Fort Worth, Texas, entered the plea Monday to a charge of kidnapping and capital murder in the death of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial of Kirkwood, Missouri. Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly on ...

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County planners keep pause on development over water issues

A north Mississippi county is keeping a moratorium on development in areas served by a water association plagued by complaints about discolored water. The Oxford Eagle reports the Lafayette County Planning Commission has voted to maintain the ban on new water connections in the part of the county served by the Punkin Water Association. Jason Frye is president of the ...

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Another Mississippi electric co-op eyes high-speed internet

Another Mississippi electric cooperative wants to get into the internet business. North East Mississippi Electric Power Association tells The Oxford Eagle that it will ask its members during a December annual meeting to authorize a broadband internet subsidiary. The cooperative says it aims to offer fiber optic service to all of its 27,000 customers in Lafayette, Marshall, Union, Pontotoc and ...

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Seventh grader is school’s first female football player

By NATHANIEL GABLER / Oxford Eagle OXFORD  Aniah Echols walks gingerly, shading her eyes with her right hand as she treads through the boys locker room at Oxford Middle School looking for her coach. Just a seventh grader, Echols doesn’t really know any different. But in a way, she’s forced herself to do a lot of growing up quickly in ...

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Oxford celebrates Ron “Ronzo” Shapiro with second line

The passing of Ron Shapiro shook not only the arts community in Oxford, but nearly every crevice of the city was touched by the man who simply went by the name ‘Ronzo.’ After Shapiro passed away last Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer, an announcement was made that Oxford would celebrate Shapiro’s life on Nov. 1 with a time ...

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Ole Miss hosts fourth annual tech summit

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal OXFORD • Mississippi’s best and brightest welcomed modern leaders in technology to the fourth annual UM Tech Summit at the University of Mississippi Wednesday. The half-day-long event took place at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was free and open to the public. Keynote speaker David L. Cohen, the senior executive ...

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Ole Miss seeks review of plan to move Confederate monument

The University of Mississippi said Wednesday that it’s moving ahead with plans to transfer a Confederate soldier monument from its central location on campus to a spot near a secluded Confederate cemetery. In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, interim Chancellor Larry Sparks wrote that the university submitted plans Tuesday to take down, move and reassemble the monument. ...

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Cash cow on a cul de sac — Oxford homes getting top rental rates for Ole Miss football weekends

Hotel market inventory finally meeting demand     By TED CARTER Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where the money is for Oxford residents willing to rent out their pads on Ole Miss football weekends. Accommodating the lodging needs of out-of-town game-goers is so popular, in fact, that the short-term rental Web-based operator Vrbo has designated the ...

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High schoolers raise over $17K for Memory Makers

When Jack Ligon formed the Oxford High School group Students for Alzheimer’s, he wanted to help shed a light on the disease while also making a positive impact within his community. In 2017, he founded the Students for Alzheimer’s tennis tournament, which held its third event on Saturday (Aug. 17) at the John Leslie Tennis Complex. The first year the ...

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