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The Oxford Humane Society hosted the 6th annual Barktoberfest at the Library Sports Bar last night and plans to have other events supporting the organization later this year.

Barktoberfest is a fundraiser in which the Humane Society raises money to
keep the humane society in business.

Hattie Alton, development director of the Oxford Humane Society, said she

The Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), the only pediatrics hospital in the state of Mississippi, is asking Ole Miss students to help the hospital win a game room for its patients.

Microsoft Corporations has teamed up with the Children’s Miracle Network to provide three pediatric hospitals the Ultimate Gameroom Experience.

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) organization is looking at ways to improve graduation and retention rates among the state’s public universities.

The IHL’s graduation task force is holding its third meeting today to listen to Kevin Crockett present survey data concerning the raising of graduation and retention rates at Mississippi universities.

Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating National Habitat Day with a week-long fundraising event that will benefit local families and help to reshape their lives.

“This is a great opportunity that will enable you to actually see the changes you are making in someone’s life,” Bess Walker, Habitat for Humanity public relations chair,
said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A week ago, Maria Gurrolla was celebrating the birth of her fourth child. A blue yard sign announced: “IT’S A BOY!” She visited a local welfare office that helps low-income mothers.

Today students and members of the Oxford community will have the chance to shop for a good cause.

The Hope For Africa (HFA) organization is hosting a yard sale, with all proceeds going to benefit their sponsored children in Uganda.

The yard sale will be both Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 706 South Lamar.

As part of a national search to find three college women who exemplify modern-day beauty, Clinque and Teen Vogue have teamed up to create “The 2009 Fresh Faces Tour,” and will be at the University of Mississippi until 7 p.m. Friday.

Oxford Toyota is encouraging its customers and other Toyota and Lexus owners to adhere to the corporation’s recent vehicle recall by removing the driver’s side floor mat from their vehicles.

Former Ole Miss student Christian Bonner will be spending a long time in prison.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Elliot sentenced Christian Bonner to 46 years in total: there were nine counts of credit card fraud, each worth five years with one year of each suspended and a 15-year sentence with five suspended.

Eventually he will be eligible for parole.

An unidentified gunman, who police said was recently released from a mental hospital, held his family hostage in the Grand Oaks subdivision home Friday. An Oxford Police tactical team detained the gunman around 3:35 p.m.