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Education, schools and infrastructure dominate headlines

Staff report

There was a lot of education in the news this week in yesterday’s papers, whether it was events at schools or discussing infrastructure growth. See these excerpts from 2014, 2010, 1996, 1991 and 1985.

Oct. 13, 2014

Former Abbeville School students reunite

About 100 people attended the Abbeville School reunion over the weekend in the school that served residents from 1949 until it was closed in 1970.

Those attending the renovations recalled their time in the schoolhouse that is now known as the Gordon Community and Cultural Center.

The school stood deserted for more than 40 years until community members started a campaign to save the building and its history in 2009.

Oct. 13, 2010

Candidates debate at Ole Miss

In the first and only debate before the November election, two major party North Mississippi congressional candidates got on stage at the University of Mississippi.

Democrat and Ole Miss alum U.S. Rep. Travis Childers and Republican state Sen. Alan Nunnelee debated while seven independent or third-party candidates remained off stage.

Questions ranged from economy, taxes, global warming, health care and the appeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

Oct. 14, 1996

Commission to review proposal protecting trees

The Oxford Tree Board will present its reworded tree ordinance to the Oxford Planning Commission today and members hope they came up with an agreeable compromise.

If the ordinance will live, so will two disputed magnolia trees in front of City Hall, which the city wants to cut down to have a statue of William Faulkner. There also is language in the proposed ordinance that requires Tree Board consultation before removal of any public tree that isn’t a hazard or on a public right-of-way.

Oct. 14, 1991

Transfer of Foundation funds is questioned by UM faculty

The University Foundation this year transferred $115,704 from restricted accounts to unrestricted accounts to help pay for general operations, the Faculty Senate learned Friday.

The information came to light during the questioning of University of Mississippi Chancellor Gerald Turner during his annual address to the school senate.

While some of the foundation’s operating expenses currently originate from the University, plans are in the mill to move it off campus and completely sever all financial ties with the school.

Oct. 14, 1985

Trimmed school construction projects presented, accepted by board of trustees

Even though the Oxford School Board had concerns the newly constructed kindergarten could sit empty due to lack of state funding, members voted Thursday to proceed with Bramlett construction projects and a school-wide maintenance facility.

No one is sure the legislature will fund a statewide kindergarten mandated by the Education Reform Act foir fall 1986 until final appropriations are announced on April 1.