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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Jim Martin — er, Smith — will be missed

Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Dropping subject test requirement a positive move

    It’s good to see our state lawmakers and top educators on the same page with the state House’s vote showing support for the announcement that subject area test results will no longer be an independent factor that determines whether or not a senior can graduate. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Use common sense in all activities in winter weather

      We remind everyone to take care of the P’s — people, pets, pipes and plants — in the winter storm moving through the area. We also encourage everyone to use common sense when getting outside for activities in ice and snow. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Josie Gladden and Adele Johnson write a tribute to their beloved C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, while Russ Fisher and the local veterans thank the local morning coffee groups for their donations. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Strengthening your memory with memories

          Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how our memory banks fill up with time, and writes about how recalling memories — through pictures, books, TV shows, movies, et cetera — seems to strengthen the memory process. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

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            Kindergarten transition meeting, info so crucial

            This evening’s meeting at the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall concerning transitioning youngsters to kindergarten is extremely important. We applaud the effort by the local Excel by 5 Coalition to get the word out, and encourage all with young children to attend or follow up to get the information. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

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              On ‘Way Fum Up In ‘Roun Behine

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed learned from his childhood friend and mentor Jaybird that it formal education isn’t everything when it comes to communicating and teaching. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                Doors of Hope provides helping hand

                Brenda West writes a “Your Turn” column about Doors of Hope and how it helps members of the community during a transition period as they try to become self-sufficients after a setback. (March 2, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Election field set; now it’s time to start campaigning

                  Friday’s deadline to sign up to run for local, regional and state offices is past, and now we will start to see campaign messages from the candidates. We applaud those who decided to run, and now urge everyone to do research to help elect the men and women who will best serve their constituents’ interests. (March 2, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Do the little things, and the big will follow

                    You’ve heard the advice before: take care of the little things and the big things usually take care of themselves. Editor Don Whitten looks at how the Ole Miss men’s basketball team has turned that philosophy into winning ways this season, and then gives examples of how we all can do that for ourselves. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)

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