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School attendance incentives change

Years ago, the incentive to go to school was what you’d face if you stayed at home. Now, Editor Don Whitten points out, the incentives include meals, tickets and, yes, cold hard cash. (January 25, 2012, Page 4)

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    Justice Will Be Served

    Local columnist Jimmy Reed sees a comparison between some of today’s politicians and Old Testament king Rehoboam, noting that sometimes their actions are rejected and justice is served in the end. (January 24, 2012, Page 4)

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      I found William Faulkner at 30,000 feet

      Sometimes, guest columnist J.W. “Jay” Mitchell, writes, it takes a little longer for you to appreciate those you see every day. That was the case for William Faulkner, who Mitchell saw while growing up in Oxford. Mitchell writes how years later he discovered the genius of the man he had little good to say about decades earlier. (January 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Girl Scout cookies – decisions, decisions

        If it’s January, that means taxes, holiday bills, cold weather, et cetera. There’s one thing, though, that many look forward to in January – the sale of Girl Scout cookies. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the most popular cookies as he prepares to place his order. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Consolidation can be part of school management

          Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject of education funding and one answer that’s been suggested often but not always taken: consolidation. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Kelly Shannon writes to thank all of the volunteers and participants in Monday’s inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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              The past remains present in 2012

              Anniversaries come and go, and are often forgotten or ignored. In 2012, there are a number of anniversaries to be celebrated locally, statewide, nationwide and around the world, including two big events right here in the L-O-U community. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at those events – the death of William Faulkner and the integration of the University of Mississippi – and how they affected the community and its view from others. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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                Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

                With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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                  The ol’ Royal still serves its purpose

                  Editor Don Whitten writes about a long-time, reliable old friend – the manual Royal typewriter he’s been using in his office for, literally, decades. And, yes, it’s still in use – despite the special challenges his particular model presents. (January 18, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Neither Should He Eat

                    An initial assignment in one of  local columnist Jimmy Reed’s classes eventually led to Reed being a mediator as his students discussed Occupy Wall Street. In the end, Reed added his own thoughts about hard work and production. (January 17, 2012, Page 4)

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