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LaReeca Rucker, Author at The Oxford Eagle

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

Newsletter

Food fight will benefit charities and Oxford’s food trucks

The Oxford community is bracing itself for a food fight. Leadership Lafayette has created a new event that pairs local charities with food trucks to ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Saturday, August 20, 2016 6:00 am

Food

Sno Biz has been serving tasty treats since the ‘90s

Life in the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s and ‘70s was a “fantastic” experience for John Sherman, 60, who fondly recalls having fun at the ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:00 pm

News Main

Torrent enjoys Boy Scouts

Oxford resident Charlie Torrent, 15, is an Oxford High School student and senior patrol leader for Boy Scout Troop 146. Sunday, he and other Boy ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, August 8, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Fringe Festival welcomes creative-types

If you’re one of those creative types who lives on the fringes of society, you’re in luck if you live near Oxford. For the third ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Sunday, August 7, 2016 6:00 am

Business

The Graduate offering weekend breakfast buffet

If you’re looking for a new weekend breakfast spot, the Graduate Hotel in Oxford is now offering a weekend breakfast buffet. Gerald Peralta, director of ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Thursday, August 4, 2016 12:00 pm

News Main

Brothers enjoy summer reading at library

If you’re wondering what kids these days are reading, three Oxford natives have a few summer reading suggestions. Charles Bryan, 5, and his twin brothers, ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, August 1, 2016 12:01 pm

News

Comedian Lewis Black coming to the Ford Center

The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host its first comedian this month, and there’s still time to buy tickets. Lewis Black ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Sunday, July 31, 2016 6:00 am

Columns

10 thoughts on being over 40

I just celebrated another birthday and felt the need to reflect and say something profound about the occasion. Birthdays usually trigger us to pause, if only ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Friday, July 29, 2016 12:00 pm

Newsletter

Andrew McGee: Grow into your Christian faith

Water Valley resident Andrew McGee, 22, was found outside East Providence Baptist Church at Highway 334 in Oxford Sunday afternoon as church services ended. McGee ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, July 25, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Saint Peter’s, PFLAG support local gay community together

More than 10 years ago, a North Mississippi organization that supports gay and lesbian people and their parents and friends teamed with Saint Peter’s Episcopal ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Friday, July 22, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Diane Lindley grew up in small town Oxford

Diane Lindley, 59, grew up in Oxford when it was a small town of about 4,000 people. She attended the University of Mississippi and was ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Top Home

‘The Kiln and the Canvas’ at Powerhouse

The work of two University of Mississippi art graduates is on display inside Oxford’s Powerhouse Community Arts Center at 413 South 14th St. The paintings ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:00 am

Newsletter

Oxford’s Andrea Hightower brings awareness to mental illness

Oxford resident Andrea Hightower, 18, is exceptionally beautiful. That has led her to work professionally as a model, win the Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageant, ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Saturday, July 16, 2016 6:00 am

News

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference 2016 to focus on culture

Mississippi’s Native American culture influenced William Faulkner’s writing. That’s one of the ideas that will be examined at the University of Mississippi’s 2016 Faulkner and ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Friday, July 15, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Vanderlip got the acting bug at an early age

Kentucky native Mike Vanderlip, 59, grew up in the foothills of Appalachia, but has lived in Oxford the past 41 years. “As a kid, you ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, July 11, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Oxford Square Alliance prepares for annual Summer Fest

An annual event set for July 30 on the Courthouse Square has become a tradition for the Oxford Square Alliance. The organization that supports Square ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Sunday, July 10, 2016 6:00 am

News

Oxford Down syndrome camp to let kids be kids

A new summer camp that provides fun and education for families and children with Down syndrome will be held this weekend in Oxford for the ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 pm

News

THE DART: Edwards never gave up on becoming an artist

Ole Miss graduate John Miles Edwards, 57, lives in Crystal Springs, but his earliest memories are about Germany where his father was stationed with the ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, July 4, 2016 12:00 pm

Lafayette County

Developer wants to fill gap in local affordable housing

An Oxford businessman wants to bring new housing to the city that he believes would help fill a gap for the town’s workforce community. New ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Monday, July 4, 2016 12:00 pm

Business

Duo creates new way to get around town

Oxford native Ferriday McClatchy, 34, is a wedding planner. Oxford resident Danny Klimetz, 35, is a wedding photographer. Together, they are the owners of Flying ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Sunday, July 3, 2016 6:00 am

News Main

Adult coloring books the latest craze

Iuka native Leah Hanks is 37, and she loves to color. You probably spent time doing it as a child, but adult coloring books are ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:00 pm

News

Patience finally pays off for OMS theater director

As the oldest of six children, Utah native Debra Anderson, 53, grew up ice skating and trick-or-treating in the snow. In college, she decided to ... Read more

by LaReeca Rucker, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:51 am

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