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Don Whitten

Rewriting ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

One of the longest and yet best-known of Christmas carols is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Editor Don Whitten recalls that tune that most of us knows well and updates it a bit with more modern gifts – starting with the partridge in a pear tree that becomes a cellphone with an unlimited plan. (December 20, 2013, Page 4A)

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    Popular Santa letters section coming Friday

    It’s one of the most popular special sections The Oxford EAGLE publishes. And it – the Seasons’ Greeting section that includes all those letters to Santa from local youngsters – comes out in Friday’s paper. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the inside joys of reading and typing the special letters at Christmas. (December 18, 2013, Page 4A)

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      Take proper precautions during holidays

      Shopping, visiting or leaving town during the holidays? It’s certainly common in a university town. Editor Don Whitten repeats some warnings from local authorities about taking proper precautions and adds a few of his own. (December 16, 2013, Page 4)

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        Grisham, King, Conroy sequels read well

        Sequels work in movies, usually, better than books. There are exceptions, however, and three book sequels out by popular authors are excellent examples. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the latest works by John Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy which are follow-ups to novels from, literally, decades ago. (December 13, 2013, Page 4A)

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          Final weeks decide Heisman as well as title matchup

          Editor Don Whitten takes a look at college football and its premier individual award, the Heisman Trophy, and notes how one game seems to take on as much importance as the other 11 a player or team has. (December 11, 2013, Page 4)

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            It’s time for letters to – and from – Santa

            While school children around the area are working on letters to Santa Claus that are printed in the annual Season’s Greetings section of The Oxford EAGLE, Editor Don Whitten came across a letter recently from good ol’ Saint Nick himself asking about the correspondence from the LOU community. (December 9, 2013, Page 4A)

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              Local teams get shot at ultimate goal

              High school football teams in Mississippi have several goals: making the playoffs, practicing Thanksgiving week when school is out, earning a trip to Jackson for the state finals and, ultimately, winning a state championship. The two local teams, Oxford’s Chargers  and Lafayette’s Commodores, both get a shot at the ultimate goal – in the same season and on the same day – this weekend. (December 4, 2013, Page 4)

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                Giving thanks – that’s what it’s all about

                Thanksgiving means a day off for most, but for many in the service industry – including The Oxford EAGLE – it’s a day that includes work. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the special holiday and the many things we have to be thankful for. (November 27, 2013, Page 4)

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                  Mizzou’s in the west, regardless of what SEC says

                  Since they’re new to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri Tigers fans were kind enough not to make a big deal about the SEC’s apparent problems with geography and what’s east and what’s west. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the alignment problems major conferences are having and what would appear to be a simple solution for the SEC. (November 25, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Oxford mixes, matches to get best of the best

                    Is Oxford progressive, to the point of forgetting its tradition? Or does Oxford’s tradition hold back progress? Or, as Editor Don Whitten suggests, does Oxford somehow mix the best of both worlds together to work things out for the best? (November 21, 2013, Page 4)

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