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Are questions too hard, answers unclear or what?

Are you a Curious George? Do you wonder about who’s responsible when gravel trucks’ loads crack windshields or who deals with political signs on the right-of-way? Local columnist T.J. Ray took these and other questions to those who you’d think should know, and he writes about the answers — or non-answers — he received. (August 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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    In local elections, every single vote does count

    Think your vote doesn’t matter? Not so, says Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg as she points out the close local races decided by less than 50 votes and one in Yalobusha County decided by eight votes. (August 25, 2011, Page 4)

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      Are tattoos on women the new Virginia Slims?

      They’re out there, local columnist Deidra Jackson says. Who? Women without tattoos. Has body art, once almost solely on males, become the thing that makes women feel good about themselves? Jackson takes a closer look at tattoos and their real effect. (August 25, 2011, Page 4)

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        Lots of factors delay teens getting driver’s license

        It wasn’t all that long ago that teenagers couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel and drive. Youngsters, at least more of them, are waiting to get their driver’s license now, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why. (August 24, 2011, Page 4)

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          A Debt Unpaid

          Local columnist Jimmy Reed explores vows and promises in relation to the Old Testament story of Jephthah, and notes that a promise made is a debt unpaid. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Harry Alexander writes to say that plans for a BMX track are just one example of how we’ve gotten off course as far as what the role of the government is, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank those involved with helping the Pantry help the community. (August 23, 2011, Page 4)

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              Poem provides fitting tribute to subscribers

              Writing and photography and selling advertising are important parts of the newspaper business, but the key to any success is the subscriber. Editor Don Whitten recently received a 100-plus year old copy of a poem that sums up feelings about regular subscribers and thanks them for their part in putting papers out daily. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Jerry N. Boone writes to say that the city and county boards should look for the best ways to use the windfall from the sale of the hospital to give relief to taxpayers, while Linda L. Norwood writes to say that we need to return to the days of doing things for the greater good. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

                  Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Asbestos almost as deadly as bullets, bombs

                    When most people talk about the death totals from war, they only think about casualties of battle. Local columnist T.J. Ray points out other victims that are forgotten – those who die from mesothelioma and other complications from coming in contact with asbestos while building ships and other war materials. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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