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Miss. high court to hear Oxford church dispute

(AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the move of a church in Oxford.

Last spring, the state Court of Appeals upheld a judge's ruling that subdivision covenants will not hinder the Oxford Church of Christ in moving to a new site north of town.

In 2009, Lafayette County Circuit Judge Perry Lynchard Jr. ruled in favor of property owners Ernest and Bonnie Harland. His ruling said covenants on the 12-acre site the Harlands purchased in the Long Meadow subdivision would not prohibit the building of a church there.

The Long Meadow Homeowners' Association argued that their covenants allow only for the building of single-family homes. They objected after Ernest Harland, an elder in the Church of Christ, purchased the property with the church in mind.

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