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Wood bat stories bring back memories

“Coach, do you remember wood bats?” “Did they have wooden bats when you played?” Those questions came regularly back during Editor Don Whitten’s days coaching youth baseball and he was reminded of some of those memories and of his days playing with wood bats after reading a couple of recent stories in the sports section. (June 21, 2010, Page 4)

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    Honor for ‘Preacher’ Lovelady very fitting

    Family members are putting together a very fitting tribute to Morris “Preacher” Lovelady, who’s contributed so much to the Lafayette-Oxford-University community through his work on campus, with the summer baseball programs and with Boy Scouts. The “Preacher” Lovelady Silver Beaver Golf Scramble, set for July 17 at the University Golf Course, will honor Lovelady and benefit one of his favorite causes. (June 18, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Dealing with heat is serious business

      Editor Don Whitten has gotten a lot of feedback about a recent column where he suggested we’re too accustomed to air conditioning, and he takes a look at some of those comments as he talks about dealing with the unusually hot June days we’re experiencing. (June 16, 2010, Page 4)

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        Learning more about The EAGLE’s e-edition

        It’s taken a little help from some readers, but Editor Don Whitten has learned about some interesting features of the newspaper’s new e-edition. He writes about some of them, including a “reader” for stories and being able to translate stories into different languages. (June 11, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Is it hotter now, or do we just need it cooler?

          Is it global warming or just getting accustomed to 72-75 degree machine-cooled air over the years that makes it so difficult to go outside or to places with the AC set on 78 or 80? Editor Don Whitten recalls days when air conditioners were not part of life and wonders if we’ve just hurt ourselves by getting too comfortable. (June 9, 2010, Page 4)

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            Grisham hits home run with latest book

            To borrow a prhase from one of bestselling author John Grisham’s favorite sports, he has hit a home run with his latest book, “Theodore Boone – Kid Lawyer.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the first in what appears to be a series aimed at a new audience for Grisham – readers in the 8 to 14 age group. (June 7, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Best of Oxford winners section out Friday

              The annual Best of Oxford winners’ section published by The Oxford EAGLE is scheduled to be in Friday’s paper. Editor Don Whitten writes about some of the trends and highlights of this year’s voting as he thanks readers for taking part in the annual survey/poll that’s very popular with advertisers and readers. (June 3, 2010, Page 4)

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                Jimmy Arrington leaves gifts to so many

                Editor Don Whitten recalls his first encounter with longtime Lafayette High football coach Jimmy Arrington and uses it to show how Arrington, who passed away Friday, affected all of those he met. (June 1, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  When collecting items goes a bit too far

                  There’s a new “dirty” word floating around; this one isn’t a four-letter word, but rather a seven-letter one. How about you – are you a hoarder? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the disorder that’s sparked a TV show and has him wondering about his pack-rat tendencies. (May 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Bringing back a TV blast from the past

                    Remake, sequels and spinoffs work from time to time in movies and television. TV viewers, like Editor Don Whitten, who remember the glory days of crime-oriented dramas from the 1960s and 1970s, will see how well one of those shows does 30 years later with CBS bringing back “Hawaii Five-O” this fall. (May 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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