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Is it time to dust off the turntable, albums?

To many in the younger generation, an “album” is a collection of songs, almost always on a compact disc. To others of us, as Editor Don Whitten writes, it’s a collection of songs on a vinyl record that comes along with artwork, lyrics and several other things in a neat album cover. Perhaps there’s a return coming to the days of vinyl and real album covers; one local store that just opened certainly hopes so. (March 5, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Technology can spoil you rotten

    Eagle staff writer Alyssa Schnugg has learned a bit about technology and how we’re becoming a bit spoiled, and she wonders what stories we’ll be telling our grandchildren about “back when we …” (March 2, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Let’s take a look at an Arkansas charter school

      Only time will tell which, if any, legislation we get about charter schools in Mississippi. While lawmakers are debating the subject, Editor Don Whitten passes along some of the information he’s gathered about the KIPP Delta Schools, a charter school program in Helena/West Helena, Ark. (March 1, 2012, Page 4)

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        Going to any birthday parties today?

        Leap years roll around every four years. And the odds of being born on Leap Year Day? How about 1 in 1461? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the history behind Feb. 29 and recalls the first time he heard of someone with that rare birthday. (February 29, 2012, Page 4)

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          Home help the key to any school’s success

          Charter schools tops conversation these days at most water coolers and coffee shops in Mississippi so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the issue and says there’s more to helping Johnny learn to read than different kinds of schools. (February 24, 2012, Page 4A)

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            ‘Took my chances on a big jet plane’

            Think traveling for business has to be fun? Ride along with Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks as he relates experiences on a couple of recent journeys to Fresno, Calif. (February 23, 2012, Page 4)

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              Preparing for wide ranges of bad weather

              Last week was recognized as Severe Weather Awareness Week and Editor Don Whitten reminds readers of how varied the weather can be locally at this time of the year. Are you prepared for the extremes – from snow and ice storms to thunderstorms and tornadoes? (February 22, 2012, Page 4)

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                Multi-purpose building deserves close look

                What do counties surrounding Lafayette have that we don’t? How about a multi-purpose building or center? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a proposal that Earl Babb is taking to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors next week that makes the possibility of such a facility look like a win-win situation for the L-O-U community. (February 17, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  OPC makes positive first impression

                  Want to get involved with local government and helping the community? As News Editor Jonathan Scott writes, you don’t have to wait until you’re old enough to vote. Scott points out a project by a local Girl Scout group that involved going before a local board, the Oxford Park Commission, for permission and approval and then following through to help improve things in the community. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)

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                    How about some holiday adjustments?

                    After making it through another one of our increasingly popular holidays – Valentine’s Day – Editor Don Whitten takes a look at holidays with suggestions about some changes and additions. (February 15, 2012, Page 4)

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