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Everybody's not a hero

It bugs me the way society just casually throws around the word 'hero.' It seems like everybody's a hero these days. You went to work today you're a hero! You drove the kids to school you're a hero! You threw your trash in the garbage can, instead of on the ground you're a hero! You did all of the above yet no one noticed or applauded you for your efforts you're an unsung hero! Being a hero used to mean doing something extraordinary....more >>


Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Guest Column:By Dan Shriner

Lynch offers kindness in face of tragedy

This is a story about the saddest event that a parent can ever experience. It also is a story that will reinforce the fact that there are wonderful and compassionate people in our community....more >>

Letter to the Editor: New streetscape 'a huge waste of money'

I just finished reading the latest edition of The Oxford Leader. The continued discussion about making our town more attractive to foot traffic and shoppers with a new streetscape has me very frustrated....more >>

Letter to the Editor: A mom's pride in her son

As I was looking through the Oxford Leader last week, I saw and read the Academic Achiever spot as I always do. I enjoy reading this part of the paper, especially this year because my son is also a senior, therefore I know a lot of these gifted young people....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to schools, C.J.

Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. William Skilling and the Oxford school board for arming the school security personnel. I wholeheartedly approve to not arm them would be foolish....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

New to news

The time had arrived at last. I always knew it was possible, and now it had. I was on the other side of the notepad. Tables were turned. The shoe was on the other foot, or feet. I was faced by a panel of journalists with a list of questions....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Senior center thanks community for holiday meals

Dear Editor, Special thank you's go out to Deer Lake Athletic Club, Autumn Ridge Assisted Living, and the Woodshop for making holiday meals for our homebound Meals on Wheels clients....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Religions teach us to create a compassionate world

Some days are more eventful than others. The other morning, after a significant snowfall, as I was driving into town I came upon the scene of an auto accident. I didn't understand what had happened at first and I still don't know the whole story....more >>
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Born October 5th
1882: Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902: Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911: Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936: Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1959: Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
October 5th
in history
1864: At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's army. A compendium of poppycock, balderdash, and malarkey told by Civil War veterans for the amusement and amazement of future generations.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880: The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
1882: Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
1915: Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania. The fateful voyage of the Lusitania.