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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Where are the chips?

Local columnist T.J. Ray relates a recent visit to a restaurant and his follow-up letter to management in pointing out that we should take the time to tell store and restaurant owners and managers both the good and the bad about their business and service. (May 6, 2013, Page 4A)

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    Knowin’ De Lick

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look back at how his childhood mentor, Jaybird, helped him learn to stand up for himself against bullies. (April 30, 2013, Page 4)

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      Drawing Out Leviathan

      Fishermen are always looking for advice on how to catch the next “big one.” Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his early fishing days, some of that advice and a special lure that produced a big catch. (April 23, 2013, Page 4)

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        Fine Day For Fire Ants

        Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his days growing up on a farm – and his run-in with some “hungry” fire ants one day while picking up bales of hay. (April 16, 2013, Page 4)

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          Sunday Insobriety

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls his father’s attempt at producing his own wine and the problems it caused for young Jimmy and a friend when they drank a bit too much of the mix that tasted, to them, a lot like Barq’s Grape Soda. (April 9, 2013, Page 4)

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            You Might Not Get There

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed reminds us of one of Yogi Berra’s sayings about getting where you’re going as he tells the story of a less-than-idea flight with a friend in his Piper Cub. (April 2, 2013, Page 4)

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              That Dirty 830

              Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates a story of a run-in with a John Deere tractor in telling how he learned that showing off and not paying attention to detail can cause more problems than good. (March 26, 2013, Page 4)

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                The fourth estate

                Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the media’s effect on what we do and think, noting how television and the Internet now seem to have a bigger influence than newspapers on public knowledge and opinion. (March 25, 2013, Page 4A)

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                  ‘Dads

                  Local columnist Jimmy Reed recalls a fishing trip with his mentor, Jaybird, and how he was introduced to the wonder of a Southern delicacy – crawdads. (March 19, 2013, Page 4)

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                    Pearly-Eyed Wobbler

                    Local columnist Jimmy Reed issues a warning to Mr. and Mrs. American Consumer to check out the fine print and beware of the modifiers by recalling his experience with purchasing a super-duper, can’t-fail fishing lure as a youngster. (March 12, 2013, Page 4)

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