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We come in all shapes, sizes and colors

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg has two grandchildren and another on the way, and she’s learning this grandmothering thing slowly but surely. One factor that’s been interesting, Schnugg writes, is helping raise a mixed-race grandchild, and she tells about lessons she’s learning. (March 29, 2012, Page 4)

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    Root canals – a reason to celebrate?

    There are days, weeks and months to celebrate just about everything – including March 25-31 as Root Canal Awareness Week. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the unusual celebration that makes most people cringe just from hearing or reading its name. (March 28, 2012, Page 4)

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      Remembering longtime mayor John Leslie

      So many of today’s Oxonians don’t remember, or may not even know, six-term mayor John Leslie. We all, however, make use of so many things he helped bring to the community – roads, buildings, recreational facilities, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten, subbing for longtime Leslie friend and former EAGLE Editor Nina Goolsby, takes a look back at Leslie accomplishments. (March 26, 2012, Page 4)

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        King sisters, Carter enjoy promoting books

        Three girls, all growing up at the same time and graduating from the same high school class in a town like Oxford – who’d imagine that they’d have two books coming out within days of one another? that’s the case, though, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at “Y’all Twins?” by Margaret and Katherine King and “One More Heartbeat: Chosen to Receive God’s Miracles” by Carolyn Carter. (March 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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          ‘You’ll understand when you get older’

          Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks admits it – he can’t, or doesn’t want to, do some of the things he once did. It’s a sign of “getting older,” he writes, as he recalls some wise words from his father from not that long ago. (March 22, 2012, Page 4)

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            There’s no doubt our pollen count is high

            Pollen season has arrived in north Mississippi. Just look at all the dingy yellow cars and notice the folks who with watery eyes and sniffles. Editor Don Whitten looks at the annual yellow snowfall that hits our area as bad as any in the country. (March 21, 2012, Page 4)

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              ‘March Madness’ – when did it first hit you?

              There’s no question that the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament once again is spreading “March Madness” across the country. Editor Don Whitten recalls when he first truly felt “March Madness” and wonders when it happened for readers. (March 19, 2012, Page 4)

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                Biker’s death reveals need for toxicology tests

                Last fall’s death of cyclist Kevser Ermin on Highway 314 is apparently a closed case, but News Editor Jonathan Scott still has questions about the incident. Scott writes about some of those questions as well as the hope that laws will be changed about mandatory toxicology testing for those involved in all motor vehicle wrecks that result in death or serious injury. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Spring break week always a special one

                  Notice more parking spaces around the Square? How about shorter lines in stores and restaurants? With the weather nice, that generally means one thing around Oxford – spring break. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at what many locals consider one of the best weeks of the year. (March 14, 2012, Page 4)

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                    How many politicians did you hear from?

                    Mitt called. So did Nancy and Rick and even the guv. Editor Don Whitten writes about his weekend  talking – no, make that listening – to politicians via the magic of robo calls. (March 12, 2012, Page 4A)

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