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Don Whitten

Poem provides fitting tribute to subscribers

Writing and photography and selling advertising are important parts of the newspaper business, but the key to any success is the subscriber. Editor Don Whitten recently received a 100-plus year old copy of a poem that sums up feelings about regular subscribers and thanks them for their part in putting papers out daily. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

    Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Some classes we like; others, well …

      A previous column discussed classes, periods and subjects that most students seem to like. What about the other side – the ones that many students aren’t as excited about. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two Top 10 lists, one of the hardest subjects and the other of the most boring subjects. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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        ‘The Family Fang’ – an interesting debut novel

        Looking for a late-summer read that’s light and humorous with a serious undertone? Or maybe something with a serious look at family dynamics that also contains comedy? Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, “The Family Fang,” can give you either approach – or both. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Wilson’s work. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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          For variety and good eatin’, consider Mr. Catfish

          Perhaps you recall Bubba Blue telling Forrest Gump all the ways shrimp could be cooked and served. Shrimp has nothing on one of our local products – Mississippi pond-raised catfish – as Editor Don Whitten writes in a column about catching and eating the fish that’s being honored this month. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

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            Movies are movies – but Cruise as Reacher?

            Loyal readers of best-selling author Lee Child’s series featuring tough guy Jack Reacher must be a bit surprised to hear that Tom Cruise has been picked to play the character in an upcoming movie based on one of the books. Editor Don Whitten says he can’t picture the 5-foot-7 Cruise as the 6-5, 250-pound Reacher he’s been following in Child’s books. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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              School days can combine fun, education

              With open houses this week and classes beginning Thursday for most local students, Don Whitten takes a look at the “fun” parts of school – recess, lunch and activity period – and how they play a key role in the education process. (August 3, 2011, Page 4)

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                All running for office deserve our thanks

                Perhaps you have your Election Day schedule all planned out. Before, or after, voting, there’s one more thing that Editor Don Whitten says you should think about doing – thank all of the candidates for running and making the election process work. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Lots of ‘summer reading’ going on these days

                  Notice more folks around the book stores and library? How about fewer youngsters outside? Many of them, Editor Don Whitten suspects, are working on summer reading lists and projects as the days count down until the beginning of school. (July 27, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Having to pick a line upsets some of us

                    The closer it gets to voting on Aug. 2, the madder some folks get about the limitations of Mississippi’s primary voting rules. Editor Don Whitten is among those voters, and he points out that he’d like to vote for people on both the Democratic and Republican tickets but is going to have to decide which one to pick. (July 25, 2011, Page 4)

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