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Don Whitten

Is it time for a new SEC baseball tourney format?

With the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament coming up in just a few weeks, Editor Don Whitten wonders if it isn’t time to consider changing the format for the eight-team tournament since most coaches and players don’t want to play the five or six games it usually takes to win the title because they’re already looking ahead to the NCAA tourney. (May 13, 2011, Page 4A)

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    It’s time for “Life After College for Dummies”

    Do you know someone who’s graduating from Ole Miss this weekend. Perhaps you have a relative or neighbor who’s finishing his or her college days and is about to join the “real” world. Editor Don Whitten gives a CliffsNotes version of tips for college graduates ranging from jobs to housing to money. (May 11, 2011, Page 4)

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      Trying to figure out our local gasoline prices

      While there’s a report that gasoline prices could start dropping, they have been doing just the opposite for quite a while now and are nearing the $4 a gallon mark. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the longstanding concern among local citizens about prices being higher in Oxford and Lafayette County than in towns and counties less than an hour away. (May 9, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Celebrating the lady we couldn’t do without

        It’s time for the busiest phone day of the year and one of the busiest days for cards. So what day is it – Mother’s Day, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our mothers and all they have done, and do, for us while urging all of us to show a little love this weekend to the lady responsible for us being here. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Prices rising – and not just for gasoline

          Everyone notices when gasoline prices rise, especially when they near a noted level such as $4 a gallon. Editor Don Whitten has noticed, because of spending figures he’s seeing in his bank statement, a marked rise in the cost of food and household supplies at the grocery store, and he takes a look at some of the causes. (May 4, 2011, Page 4)

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            Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

            You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Dealing with storms very nerve-racking

              People throughout Lafayette County and surrounding areas spent a hectic 24 hours or so dealing with storms, tornadoes and the threat of them, and will now begin dealing with the aftermath and helping those who suffered major damage. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at Tuesday night and Wednesday, and hopes for a long spell without any more days like them. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)

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                Carr dealing with tragedy of house fire

                Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Just ask Janice Carr, whose home and all her belongings were destroyed last week in a fire. Carr, who’s involved in a large number of community-oriented projects and programs, is dealing with the loss, however, as Editor Don Whitten writes in explaining her positive approach to life’s challenges. (April 27, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Who will join Meridian in policing sagging?

                  The Meridian city council recently passed an amendment to the city’s indecent exposure laws that outlaw wearing pants more than three inches below the hip. Editor Don Whitten wonders how long it will be before other cities and towns across the state take on sagging pants and baggy britches. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Easter – what does it mean to you?

                    What is Easter all about? Some youngsters might say bunny rabbits and egg hunts, while others think of days out of school and parties. It is, Editor Don Whitten writes, a religious holiday for most even though we sometimes seem to forget that. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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