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Published on March 19th, 2020 | by Nature Humphries

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A Message from Your Friends at The Local Voice

This past week has been full of uncertainty for so many in our community as this pandemic sweeps across the world causing disruption of our daily lives. Many people are not sure how they will stay afloat as more and more businesses close their doors, uncertain when they will be able to reopen.

The hospitality industry has been hit hard and fast.

For the first time in 14 years, we didn’t publish The Local Voice as scheduled. Because we operate on advertising revenue, we’ve been able to make the paper a free resource for our readers in Oxford, North Mississippi, and beyond. Obviously, we can’t in good conscience continue to solicit ad sales from business that are shut down or severely hobbled, and struggling. We feel that we have a duty to our community because we have this platform that allows us to reach a large audience. As such, we are committed to supporting local businesses by keeping our readers informed. We want to continue to provide news and information in a timely manner. And we urge you to support your community. Spend a little extra on takeout or delivery if you are able. Tip more than usual if you can. Every little bit counts right now, and hopefully, before we know it this crazy time will be in the past, and our community will be stronger than ever.

We, like so many of our beloved friends in the food and beverage and entertainment industries, are a small, locally owned family business. Let’s all hold each other up through this. Be kind, be safe, and stay healthy.

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About the Author

Nature Humphries is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She has also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a server and a bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.



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