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Don Whitten

Worry about Ebola, but take action against the flu

Ebola is certainly a concern these days, but not so much in America as the annual onset of the flu. Editor Don Whitten writes about how to protect against the flu and encourages all to consider getting their flu shot soon. (October 15, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Education funding hinges on ballot box

    Thousands and thousands of Mississippians have signed petitions to place a referendum on the ballot in 2015 that would require complete funding of MAEP. That’s the first step; now we have to see how many people will go to the polls and vote for something that might raise their taxes or cut other services they want, too. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue which serves a good purpose — the education of our children — but promises to bring more discussion before it’s all said and done. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Is there a downside to technology?

      Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the possibility that technology can be a concern, wondering how you balance the advantages and improvements with the loss of low-skilled and low-paying jobs. (October 8, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Unlikely duo shares recovery program

        Singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams and screenwriter Tracey Jackson are in Oxford this week to promote their self-help book, “Gratitutde & Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Williams and Jackson and their journey to write the inspirational book. (October 1, 2014, Page 4A)

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          So how much do you know about GameDay

          GameDay is coming. Finally. Chris and Herb and Lee and the gang will be set up in, or near, the Grove Saturday morning to make Oxford and Ole Miss the center of college football. Editor Don Whitten relates a conversation he had about GameDay, including some questions and answers that might prove interesting. (September 29, 2014, Page 4)

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            You have to protect your hard-earned money

            As more and more major retailers announce problems with their credit/debt systems and having hackers and ID thieves gain access to information, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at ways we can guard our crucial information — and our money. (September 24, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Precautionary boil water notice issued for parts of W. Oxford

              The City of Oxford has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for limited areas of West Oxford following a water main break near Highway 6.  This advisory is limited to areas west of the Jackson Avenue-Highway 6 interchange and south of Woodlawn Drive. Areas included in the advisory are Thacker Heights (Garden Terrace, Eagle Point, et cetera), the Links apartments, Tommie Collie Jane Road and portions of Anderson Road near County Road 165. (more…) (September 23, 2014)

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                Getting along despite our differences

                A move by many in Scotland to declare independence from the United Kingdom fell short in a vote, but it’s indicative of how regional differences within smaller areas can overflow into politics. Editor Don Whitten looks at divisions mentioned in the United States and even wonders how some of the distinct regions in Mississippi have learned to get along so well. (September 22, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Local runners, teams fare well in Saltillo Meet

                  SALTILLO— The Oxford High School boys and girls claimed top three finishes in individual and team competition in the Saltillo Cross Country Invitational held Saturday at the SHS course. (September 21, 2014, Page 4B)

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                    Taxi drivers have to pass what kind of test?

                    Editor Don Whitten learned that taxi drivers at the San Diego airport can be cited for violating an ordinance that requires them to “smell” pleasant, and wonders how the conversation would go with taxi drivers, police officers and government officials if that were discussed in Oxford. (September 17, 2014, Page 4)

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