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Local columnist and college instructor Jimmy Reed turns a life lesson from his mentor, Jaybird, into a philosophy he uses with his students of trying to search for, and bring out, potential. (February 4, 2014, Page 4)

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    Events might vary for ‘local’ winter games

    Comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a routine prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta that gave some alternative events if the games were “localized.” Editor Don Whitten takes a similar approach to the winter games that begin soon, wondering how we might localize some of the events with the weather we’ve had recently and usually have this time of the year. (February 3, 2014, Page 4)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Anne Steel writes to say that one of the keys to improving education in Mississippi is to fully fund the Mississiappi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). (February 3, 2014, Page 4)

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        Winter weather – erring on the side of caution

        Editor Don Whitten admits he’s long been one of those folks who think many over-react when there’s a threat of snow and ice. He’s considering changing his mind, though, after reading and seeing stories about stranded students and parents in the winter storm that struck the South earlier this week. (January 31, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Being primarily human is all that matters

          Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, filling out a school form for her bi-racial granddaughter, became increasingly annoyed at one question that stumped her – the primary race of the child. Schnugg takes a look at the issue and wonders when race won’t be an issue and that we’re all members of the human race. (January 30, 2014, Page 4)

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            Singing the national anthem

            Local columnist T.J. Ray, with the Super Bowl coming Sunday, takes a look at how the national anthem is often sung before big events as well as how it is intended to be sung. (January 30, 2014, Page 4)

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              Get the story now with Johnson’s new book

              Did you read or see “The Help” first? What about “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Editor Don Whitten notes there’s a book in much the same vein as those that’s available now rather than waiting for the film version. For more on Deborah Johnson’s “The Secret of Magic,” read today’s column. (January 29, 2014, Page 4)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Terry Haller writes about the response he got from Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s office recently about Republicans preparing to take on Hilary Clinton in the presidential race in 2016, while Rohini Patel writes about Miss America Nina Davuluri and how we still have a ways to go in this country when it comes to decency and dealing with diversity. (January 29, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Cotton Choppin’ Dude

                  Jimmy Reed recalls his cotton-chopping days and the lesson he learned about how persistence leads to success. (January 28, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Email sparks an interest

                    You get all those strange email offers and stories, too, don’t you. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a closer look at one idea that popped up in his inbox recently: helping your pet with marijuana. (January 27, 2014, Page 4)

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