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Nothing Frivolous About That

A writing assignment columnist Jimmy Reed gave to one of his classes turned into a look inside the creativity of youngsters and the problems that might arise in our court system. (March 30, 2010, Page 4)

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    What’s the best way to use a refund check?

    The average refund check from the IRS is $2,500. The average person doesn’t get that, however, and Editor Don Whitten wonders what one is supposed to do when a year comes along where your refund is more than normal. He looks into all kinds of suggestions, from investing to pay off debt to splurging. (March 29, 2010, Page 4A)

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      Book offers another way to experience the blues

      Think the “blues” can only be experienced through songs and music? Think again – and read Editor Don Whitten’s review of “Delta Blues,” an anthology of blues stories set in and around the Mississippi Delta. Whitten mentions stories by the likes of John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, and Alice Jackson. (March 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Bobby Jefcoat questions the Mississippi Legislature about having its priorities in order based on a recent move in Jackson, while Carolyn Ross asks if our country’s Founding Fathers might not be a bit shocked with what’s going on today. (March 25, 2010, Page 4)

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          Learning that knitting, becoming a grandmother can be cool

          Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg has three children and is headed toward becoming a grandmother. She talks about getting into the “grandmothering mode” by learning to knit and by talking with her mother about her experiences. (March 25, 2010, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Terri Wright and Gail Stratton of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford write about keeping our school children safe from discrimination and bigotry. (March 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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              Festivals, carnivals, conferences everywhere

              Members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community know all about hosting weekend and week-long events that attract visitors. Those types of events are not just limited to the immediate area, and Editor Don Whitten gives a list of examples – including the German Sausage Festival, the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo and the World Grits Festival – of others going on in surrounding states. (March 24, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Don’t Be So Judgmental!

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at government, politics and politicians through the eyes of a judge. The judge’s criticism off all going on in the country might make you wonder a bit. (March 23, 2010, Page 4)

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                  Lots happens during Spring Break vacation

                  Taking off a week for Spring Break isn’t anything new in an education-oriented community. Neither is having lots to catch up on when you return, as Editor Don Whitten found out after spending a week out of town. He discusses things that went on during the previous week, including deaths, weather, sports and local business. (March 22, 2010, Page 4)

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                    What are they teaching our children?

                    Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, and Constance McMillen and the American Civil Liberties Union are teaching us all just that.
                    The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford on behalf of 18-year-old McMillen after the Itawamba County School District said it wouldn’t host her April 2 prom in response to her request to be allowed to bring a female as her date and to wear a tuxedo.

                     (March 18, 2010, Page 4)

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