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Raising kids – neither easy nor inexpensive

Did you realize it will take about a quarter of a million dollars to raise  a child born into a middle income family in 2010 to the age of 17? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at raising children after seeing those figures from the USDA. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Jean M. Shaw writes to thank those involved with the Ole Miss Ambassadors for helping with local charities, while Barbara J. Smith thanks local churches and Bost Farms for their assistance to The Pantry. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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      Green-uns

      There are all kinds of ways to learn valuable lessons, and local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about one as he revisits memories of pilfering green, juicy plums from trees in the yard of one of his teachers at school. (July 12, 2011, Page 4)

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        Speeding ticket from New York? Watch out!

        Scams and computer viruses have a new angle – traffic tickets. Editor Don Whitten, somehow, was ticketed for speeding in east-central New York a little over a week ago – even though he’s never been to New York – and was given a chance to pay his fine by clicking on an email attachment. He declined and explains what additional information he’s discovered about this scam. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Robert J. Osterman writes to give an engineer’s perspective on banning loggers from driving across wooden bridges on CR 432, while Charles Scott writes to say that the convictions of Zach and Dickie Scruggs should be overturned now that those laws have been declared unconstitutional. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

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            Can wordy Faulkner exist in time of tweets?

            Could William Faulkner and his writing be the anti-tweet? That’s quite likely, but it doesn’t mean that Faulkner’s not moving up in this age of electronic communication. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at Mr. Bill and some of his work as Oxford gets set to host this year’s Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference. (July 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Life and death

              Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)

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                Maybe ‘not proven’ should be a jury option

                For many, the Casey Anthony trial has been a daily reality show for months. For others, it’s just a tidbit of news. Editor Don Whitten writes, however, that it’s also a picture of how our justice system works – even if we might need another jury option besides “guilty” or “not guilty.” (July 6, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Dreamers and Doers

                  People often fall into one of two categories – dreamers and doers. Occasionally, however, there are those who are both. Local columnist Jimmy Reed talks about one of those, a student of his who is working to overcome lupus on the way to becoming a doctor. (July 5, 2011, Page 4)

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                    OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

                    Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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