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Don Whitten

Toy sparks memories of spit balls, paper footballs

A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)

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    Oher’s story gets even more inspirational

    The third book covering the story of former Ole Miss football standout Michael Oher may well be the most inspirational, Editor Don Whitten writes. Oher, who has combined with best-selling author Don Yaeger to give his side of the story in “I Beat The Odds – From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond,” will be at Off-Square Books on Tuesday to sign copies of the just-released book. (February 14, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Forget Valentine’s Day? You’d better not!

      You can miss some holidays and get away with it. But not Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries – and Valentine’s Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the sweetheart-oriented holiday that’s coming up Monday and reminds all to not forget their favorite people. (February 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Oxford Film Festival features local touch

        This weekend’s Oxford Film Festival, in its eighth year, will be featuring lots of films directed, produced and filmed locally and featuring local residents in the cast. There are a number of narratives and documentaries with the local touch as well as a couple of non-competing movies and works-in-progress. Editor Don Whitten talks about some of the must-see movies and warns that planning and early arrival is important. (February 9, 2011, Page 4)

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          Don’t be messing around with my astrological sign

          How many of you know your astrological sign? Do you know the traits and characteristics for people with that sign, and do they fit you? Now, after hearing that there’s another zodiac sign and period, Editor Don Whitten wonders if he’s really a Leo or now a Cancer? (February 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Nonpartisan voting would be easier, cheaper

            With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)

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              Who suffers in pro sports work stoppages?

              Who’s gonna get locked out? Who’s gonna strike? Will we have NFL football, NBA basketball or NHL hockey next season? Editor Don Whitten ponders these questions as it looks more and more like one or more of the leagues will have one of their every-so-often conflicts between millionaire players and even-richer owners. (January 31, 2011, Page 4)

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                Run for Hope half marathon, 5K drawing near

                Last year’s inaugural Run For Hope Half Marathon and 5K Run attracted more than 600 participants and was a community-wide affair that benefits camps for youngsters with diabetes and cancer at Camp Hopewell. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at plans underway for this year’s event, set for Feb. 26. For more information, check out the race website at www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (January 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Local politics starting to get interesting

                  Did you realize it’s only 187 days until the first primary elections are held? And just over 10 months before the general election? Editor Don Whitten writes that a date to pay a bit more attention to right now is March 1, the filing deadline for those running for local offices this year, and he notes that lots of hats have already been thrown into the ring. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                    ‘Lafayette County Heritage’ in 4th printing

                    Looking for some general or detailed historical information about Oxford, one of the many communities in Lafayette County or the University of Mississippi? Look no further than “Lafayette County Heritage,” a 1986 book that’s in its fourth printing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the popular resource book that’s available from the Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society. (January 24, 2011, Page 4)

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