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Gasoline prices confusing to newcomer

A newcomer to our community didn’t understand the big difference in local gas prices and those in nearby towns, so he called Editor Don Whitten for some information. The answer, Whitten told him, is not a simple one – if there is one at all. (June 11, 2012, Page 4)

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    Use common sense before, during vacations

    Getting ready for that summer vacation? Editor Don Whitten passes along a checklist of things to do (and not do) when you’re traveling, whether near or far or whether for a couple of days or a week or two. (June 8, 2012, Page 4A)

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      FESJC a great bargain, opportunity for golf fans

      What pro sport can you sit or stand within feet of the athletes without paying hundreds of dollars for a ticket? Golf, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the Mid-South’s popular PGA Tour stop in Memphis and the opportunities it offers golf fans to get up close and personal with the best players in the game. (June 5, 2012, Page 4)

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        Put the breaks on paid parking

        EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at the possibility of paid parking on the Oxford Square, and encourages city leaders to consider the town’s beauty and the economic impact parking meters and paid parking will have on the community. (June 4, 2012, Page 4)

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          Opting in – What you are choosing

          Beginning this fall, parents of seventh- and 10th-graders in school systems around the state will have to decide if they want their children to take part in a 10-day sex education course – either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the local options and expresses concerns about what’s ahead. (June 1, 2012, Page 4A)

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            One of America’s icons saved – for now

            There are iconic buildings and sites you look for on city skylines. For Editor Don Whitten, one of those has always been the Astrodome, the first of the large indoor domed stadiums. He takes a closer look at the Houston, Texas, dome and what’s going on with the nearly 50-year-old facility. (May 31, 2012, Page 4)

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              Trip to Texas A&M one well worth taking

              Trips to Bryan-College Station, Texas, will soon become part of Southeastern Conference play for Ole Miss fans, but Rebel baseball fans can get a jump on the trip to take in a sporting event at Texas A&M. Editor Don Whitten, recalling a trip to a regional there years ago, points out some things to see and do in addition to the ballgames. (May 30, 2012, Page 4)

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                Sending a child off to the Big Apple no easy task

                New York – the Big Apple – was a familiar place for staff writer Alyssa Schnugg growing up. Still, Schnugg writes, there are hesitations and concerns as her daughter gets set to leave for a summer internship in the city that never sleeps. (May 24, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Information thieves present new problem

                  Most of us have heard about phishing – using email messages to “fish” for personal information that could lead to identity theft. What about “smishing,” the newest electronic slight of hand? Editor Don Whitten warns readers about getting smished through text messages. (May 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    School’s out for summer – what’s next?

                    The morning and afternoon traffic lines at the schools are disappearing and a car stereo or two was heard blaring Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Editor Don Whitten writes that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. What are you thinking about? (May 21, 2012, Page 4)

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