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Don Whitten

Secret shopping can be fun – unless it’s a scam

Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Oxford Film Festival highlights local work

    “Local” seems to be the key word for a lot of the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the ninth-annual event set for this weekend in conjunction with the Oxford Music Festival. (February 8, 2012, Page 4)

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      We all have to deal with higher prices

      Who’s one of the friendliest, most helpful, most philanthropic people you know? Your neighborhood grocer. But even they can’t hold the line forever as prices for everyday grocery and food items continue to climb. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how prices are climbing and are expected to keep rising in 2012. (February 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Are times a-changin’ in LOU community?

        Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s a new era of cooperation between local entities in the city, county and university coming on with talk of expansion of tennis courts in Oxford. (February 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Mr. Pat – one of our community’s icons

          How did you first come to know Robert L. “Mr. Pat” Patterson? In his work with FCA? With the Kiwanis Club? As the bailiff at the courthouse? As a softball umpire? At church? At an Ole Miss ballgame? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the relationships we’ve had with the man who’s been a local icon for longer than most of us have been around. (February 1, 2012, Page 4)

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            Numbers – telling a story, provoking thought

            Numbers and statistics are almost always part of sports stories. Editor Don Whitten saw some interesting figures that have nothing to do with sports, and he writes about them in relation to what Mississippi is spending to house, feed and take care of prisoners, parolees and offenders on probation. (January 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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              School attendance incentives change

              Years ago, the incentive to go to school was what you’d face if you stayed at home. Now, Editor Don Whitten points out, the incentives include meals, tickets and, yes, cold hard cash. (January 25, 2012, Page 4)

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                Girl Scout cookies – decisions, decisions

                If it’s January, that means taxes, holiday bills, cold weather, et cetera. There’s one thing, though, that many look forward to in January – the sale of Girl Scout cookies. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the most popular cookies as he prepares to place his order. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  The ol’ Royal still serves its purpose

                  Editor Don Whitten writes about a long-time, reliable old friend – the manual Royal typewriter he’s been using in his office for, literally, decades. And, yes, it’s still in use – despite the special challenges his particular model presents. (January 18, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Pardon controversy has all kinds of angles

                    A wide range of emotions – surprise, anger, disappointment, concern, et cetera – have surrounded the news that former Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned or otherwise dealt with sentences for more than 200 people in his final days in office. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the issues that have citizens up in arms. (January 16, 2012, Page 4)

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