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Don Whitten

Playoffs great; changing formats not so good

High school baseball and softball playoff games can provide two or three hours of the most entertainment and excitement you could ask for. Finding out where and when those playoff games will be is another story. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ever-changing playoff formats and wishes that a format could be settled on and stuck with for a few years. (April 30, 2012, Page 4)

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    Inmon back with more stories in ‘Camp Re-Form’

    Local author Gerald Inmon is back with more stories in his second book, “Camp Re-Form.” Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Inmon’s book and some of the author’s thoughts about his characters and his writing. (April 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Preparing for Double Decker Arts Festival

      It’s looking more and more like we’ll have almost-perfect weather for the 17th annual Double Decker Arts Festival this weekend, and Editor Don Whitten offers a list of things for festival-goers to take care of and get ready for. (April 25, 2012, Page 4)

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        Should ‘extras’ be limited at failing schools?

        Would it help spark improvement at failing schools if students were barred from participating in sports, band and other extracurricular activities. Or would just limiting participation do more good? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at one idea that’s being discussed to help motivate those in failing and struggling districts. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Could recent attraction become addiction?

          We’ve all heard about addictions to alcohol and gambling. Editor Don Whitten is a bit concerned he’s headed toward another type of addiction after his recent introduction to something that’s been around less than two decades and yet is already used by millions of people. (April 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Three big weekends – and lots of visitors

            Three of the biggest weekends of the year in Oxford – outside of home game football weekends and baseball regionals – are coming up in the next month. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of what’s going on with Grove Bowl Week, the Double Decker Arts Festival and graduation at Ole Miss. (April 18, 2012, Page 4)

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              Yes, we like our charity events around here

              Mississippians are known for giving, and those in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community must be among the best in the Magnolia State at that. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the popular local charity events after helping count votes for Best of Oxford. (April 16, 2012, Page 4)

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                Why start school later? Tourism? Heat?

                The starting date for public schools has been moving up closer and closer to the first of August in recent years, but a measure going through the state Legislature would push it back to the third week in August. Editor Don Whitten looks at the pros and cons of going back to a later starting date. (April 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  Grisham hits homer with baseball novel

                  It’s that time of the year again – baseball season is going full swing and baseball books are hitting the shelves. Editor Don Whitten mentions several highly-touted books out in 2012, and says that John Grisham’s baseball novel, “Calico Joe,” is certainly one to snag. (April 11, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Celebrating Easter – something for everyone

                    Did you attend Palm Sunday services last weekend? Have plans for an Easter egg hunt the next couple of days. Looking forward to Easter Sunday? Editor Don Whitten writes about all of the events going on the week of Easter and reminds readers to make sure they connect the dots on what Easter is all about. (April 5, 2012, Page 4A)

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