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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Don Whitten

Who really gets all the breaks?

Have you notices how traffic flow and traffic lights always seem to go against you. How people ignore the “15 items or less” signs in stores, how the dog always seems to chew up valuable items instead of junk? Editor Don Whitten agrees, to a point, but then notes that you just don’t notice as much when things go your way. (April 13, 2015, Page 4)

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    Pets deserve respect, proper treatment

    Editor Don Whitten, after getting a call from a citizen concerned about abandoned pets, urges all who give pets as gifts and those who receive the gifts to realize the responsibility and commitment involved. (April 8, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Lists, polls provide interesting reading

      Are you a list or poll person? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at a recent list he received: The 100 Bestselling Used Books Since 2000. (April 6, 2015, Page 4)

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        Local writer’s book could become basis for TV show

        Jimmy Reed decided to publish some of his grown’-up-in-the-Delta stories in a book about 10 years ago. That led to a spot writing local columns for The Oxford Eagle. And now it may earn his main characters — Jaybird, Junior and Boss — a spot in a TV sitcom. (April 2, 2015, Page 2)

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          Don’t forget about our fountains of wisdom

          Editor Don Whitten urges all to take advantage of those with age, experience and wisdom as a weekend reception honoring Billy Roberson on his 90th birthday reminded him of the value and importance of listening to our older relatives, friends and neighbors. (April 1, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Tuesday’s obituaries

            Al Wylie Jr.  — 95, of Greenwood, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, with Dr. Rusty Douglass and the Rev. Steve Fortenberry officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Ann H. Kelly officiating. Coleman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements in Oxford. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m.  today at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood and 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at First Presbyterian. (March 31, 2015)

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              Friday’s obituaries

              Leatrice Randle Griffin — 100, died at her home in Coffeeville on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Bro. Donnie Stewart and Bro. Daniel Hathorne officiating.  Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service in the church sanctuary.  McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service of Grenada is in charge of arrangements.

              Shirley Ann Coleman — 78, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi early this morning. Arrangements are incomplete with Coleman Funeral Home. For complete arrangements, see

              Louise Kehoe — 62, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. Michael Haas officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home.

              Mary Roy Lambert — 77, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Tenn., with Dr. Bob Agee officiating. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Arrington Funeral Home in Jackson, Tenn. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

              Russell “Russ” Howell Waldrip — 82, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Alive Hospice Center in Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Blair and Bro. Charles Whitten officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home.

                (March 27, 2015, Page 3A)

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                Following Golden Rule good for everyone

                Serving others is good for them and for you, Editor Don Whitten writes as he discusses two recent phone calls dealing with helping your neighbor and doing unto others as you would have them do to you. (March 25, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Former UM student shines with debut novel

                  Why do you choose to read a book? The cover, reviews, a connection to the area or Ole Miss? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the debut novel of, M.O. Walsh, a former Ole Miss student in the school’s M.F.A. program. (March 19, 2015, Page 4)

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                    How large will field get in 1st District race?

                    The addition of Henry Ross to the ballot last week raised the number of candidates for the vacant 1st Congressional District representative position to 11. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the field and what’s ahead for candidates and voters. (March 16, 2015, Page 4)

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