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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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Lawyers seek exam for man charged in Ole Miss student death

Lawyers for a man charged with killing a University of Mississippi student are withdrawing their request for a judge to set bail. Defense lawyers told a Lafayette County circuit judge Thursday that they instead want Theesfeld to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. Theesfeld, from Fort Worth, Texas, is charged with murder in the death ...

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Mayor seeks help finding men who bedded down in flower bed

The mayor of one Mississippi town is putting out an all-plants bulletin. It’s an effort to find four unknown men who flopped down in a flower bed that the city of Oxford maintains on the town square. Mayor Robyn Tannehill on Sunday posted surveillance video on Twitter of the four men leaping into, sitting in and rolling around the planting. ...

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Bond hearing set after slaying of Ole Miss student

An attorney says a bond hearing is set for next week for a man charged in the slaying of a University of Mississippi student. Tony Farese is representing Brandon Theesfeld, who is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Farese tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he requested the bond hearing Wednesday after talks with ...

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Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product. The Oxford Eagle reports the city banned sale of synthetic kratom products immediately beginning Aug. 6. Thirty or more Mississippi cities and counties have criminalized possession of kratom, although a bill to ban it statewide failed earlier this year in the Legislature. Interim Oxford ...

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Suit: Air traffic control contributed to plane crash deaths

Heirs of a Mississippi couple killed in a 2016 Alabama plane crash are suing the Federal Aviation Administration, saying bad information from controllers contributed to their deaths. Three couples, including Michael and Kimberly Perry, died Aug. 14, 2016, when their Piper PA-31 Navajo crashed near the Tuscaloosa airport. The lawsuit seeks $24 million for three Perry children. The National Transportation ...

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Local cyclist spends month on the open road

By JAKE THOMPSON / Oxford Eagle OXFORD — Andy Hemmins can be seen riding his bike around Oxford, but he used to spend his time riding much further distances. While facing what he would describe as a “mid-life crisis,” Hemmins decided to scratch an itch he had for quite some time. After nearly three years of planning, Hemmins set out ...

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Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi. That’s according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake Little of Starkville, died of injuries from the July 6 crash in Oxford. A fixed-base ...

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