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Don Whitten

Thrill-ride incident leaves you wondering

With more news coming out about a 12-year-old girl’s free-fall from an amusement park thrill ride in Wisconsin earlier this summer, Editor Don Whitten wonders why so many people choose to strap themselves in for such dangerous-looking rides, much less allow their youngsters to get on or in the ride. (August 20, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Always look to practice the Golden Rule

    A couple of recent phone calls reminded Editor Don Whitten about the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – and how we all probably need to use it a bit more to help our neighbors and possibly set the stage to get a little assistance ourselves down the road. (August 18, 2010, Page 4)

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      Look of the Square changes through the years

      If you haven’t been to the Oxford Square in a few years – or a lot – it may have a different look. Gone from not all that long ago are drug stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, dry cleaners, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the comings and goings on the historic Oxford Square and the blocks that make up downtown Oxford. (August 16, 2010, Page 4)

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        Well-intentioned law needs one change

        Many care packages to soldiers, sailors, marines, et cetera on bases and in action both near and far have long contained the same items: razors, toothpaste, wet wipes, paperback books, cookies and cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Those last two items aren’t allowed to be sent through the mail any more, however, because of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act. Editor Don Whitten argues that the ban should not affect the brave men and women standing in harm’s way. (August 13, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Who likes early-August school days?

          Did football move up the start of school? Or did school move up the start of football? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at early-August school days in Mississippi and lists some of the factors in the earlier start to classes these days in reaction to a move by a group called “Save Mississippi Summers” to have classes start later in August or even in September. (August 11, 2010, Page 4)

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            Tracking down those cell phone numbers

            Did you get one of those yellowbooks thrown in your driveway recently? Did you look inside to see if your name was there along with your phone number and address. If you weren’t there, it could be because you’re a part of that growing segment of the population with cell phones and no land lines. Editor Don Whitten relates some of the problems that not having everyone’s name, number and address handy creates. (August 9, 2010, Page 4)

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              It’s almost too hot for heat-related jokes

              With temperatures moving into triple-digits and “feels like” temps in the 120s, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of “How hot was it?” and “It was so hot that …” jokes floating around. Editor Don Whitten passes along some he’s heard recently before getting serious and giving some helpful hints for dealing with the extreme heat now and ahead. (August 6, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Weatherly very deserving of latest honor

                Former Pontotoc High School and Ole Miss football standout Jim Weatherly, who followed his gridiron career with even more success as a singer and songwriter, will be honored with “Jim Weatherly Day” this weekend in his hometown of Pontotoc. Editor Don Whitten, a longtime Weatherly fan, tells why. (August 4, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Airline ‘extra’ fees can add up quickly

                  Oxford Town Editor Jeff McVay’s vacation involved flying from Memphis to the West Coast and back, and could have been a very expensive trip had McVay opted for some of the things now considered “extras’ on flights – checked baggage, extra baggage, taking his dog, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten and McVay looked up a short list and found McVay could have been out more than $500 extra had he not limited himself to one carry-on bag and left his dog at home. (August 2, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Remembering the Lorenzen Wright I knew

                    Editor Don Whitten looks back over years of contact with former Lafayette High School, University of Memphis and NBA standout Lorenzen Wright after learning Wednesday that Wright’s body had been found outside Memphis. (July 29, 2010, Page 4)

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