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Grisham returns with issue-oriented novel

Best-selling author John Grisham’s fall release — “Gray Mountain” — is on the shelf, and it features a female attorney and takes on the issue of coal mining and mining safety. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Grisham’s latest for those who want a preview before they get a copy. (November 10, 2014, Page 4)

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    All first-responders put lives on the line for you

    Oxford firefighter Rob Johnson writes, in a “Your Turn” guest column, about the sacrifices that firefighters and all first-responders make, and to point out that it’s not all about money. (November 10, 2014, Page 4)

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      Leadership Lafayette program good for all involved

      It’s time to apply for spots in the 2015 Leadership Lafayette program, and Our View encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the community, make valuable contacts and contribute to the community to give it a shot. (November 10, 2014, Page 4)

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        Football gods need to smile on Rebels

        Publisher Tim Phillips, after suffering through a replay of the Ole Miss-Auburn game, wonders when the football gods will finally let the bounces and calls go Ole Miss’ way. Could it be this year or will it be, as usual, on down the road? (November 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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          It’s good to see support for new activity Center

          City officials recently made a new activity center one of their building priorities and now a survey shows the public feels the same way. Our view is that it’s time, past time, for a new facility for local citizens. (November 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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            What’s that smell?

            A recent sniff of the new air freshener in the bathroom transported staff writer Alyssa Schnugg back in time to bubble baths as a 4-year-old. Schnugg did some more research about smells and memories and shares her findings. (November 7, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Texting and driving: Stupid, stupid, stupid

              A recent survey shows that three-fourths of cellphone users admit to texting and driving and one-quarter of them feel they can multi-task while driving. Our view is that we need to somehow stop texting and driving — through technology with apps or through making and enforcing laws — and the dangers it presents to all on the road. (November 7, 2014, Page 4A)

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                Making something — a real wonder

                Have you ever thought about all that goes into making something? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a simple item — the toothpick — and follows it from the woods into your mouth. (November 6, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Dads’ group offers exciting possibilities

                  It’s exciting to see the growth of the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at the local elementary schools, and we encourage others to get involved with this program that can prove valuable to our local education system. (November 6, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    The people speak; was anyone listening?

                    People around the country spoke with their votes Tuesday. The big question now, Editor Don Whitten writes, is what members of Congress and the administration will do in response to the message sent by voters. (November 5, 2014, Page 4A)

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