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Should ‘extras’ be limited at failing schools?

Would it help spark improvement at failing schools if students were barred from participating in sports, band and other extracurricular activities. Or would just limiting participation do more good? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at one idea that’s being discussed to help motivate those in failing and struggling districts. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Could recent attraction become addiction?

    We’ve all heard about addictions to alcohol and gambling. Editor Don Whitten is a bit concerned he’s headed toward another type of addiction after his recent introduction to something that’s been around less than two decades and yet is already used by millions of people. (April 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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      ‘The Man Behind The Drums’

      You know a good song when you hear it, and it will still be a good song years later. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at some of those songs for him and relates his growing admiration for singer-drummer-guitarist Levon Helm of The Band, who’s struggling in a battle with cancer. (April 19, 2012, Page 4)

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        Three big weekends – and lots of visitors

        Three of the biggest weekends of the year in Oxford – outside of home game football weekends and baseball regionals – are coming up in the next month. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of what’s going on with Grove Bowl Week, the Double Decker Arts Festival and graduation at Ole Miss. (April 18, 2012, Page 4)

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          Yes, we like our charity events around here

          Mississippians are known for giving, and those in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community must be among the best in the Magnolia State at that. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the popular local charity events after helping count votes for Best of Oxford. (April 16, 2012, Page 4)

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            Why start school later? Tourism? Heat?

            The starting date for public schools has been moving up closer and closer to the first of August in recent years, but a measure going through the state Legislature would push it back to the third week in August. Editor Don Whitten looks at the pros and cons of going back to a later starting date. (April 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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              I mow the lawn electric

              News Editor Jonathan Scott, who is embracing a zero-gasoline policy when it comes to lawn care now that he’s the proud owner of an electric-powered mower, writes about his newest machine and how it affects his yard work. (April 12, 2012, Page 4)

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                Grisham hits homer with baseball novel

                It’s that time of the year again – baseball season is going full swing and baseball books are hitting the shelves. Editor Don Whitten mentions several highly-touted books out in 2012, and says that John Grisham’s baseball novel, “Calico Joe,” is certainly one to snag. (April 11, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Why art education is important, too

                  EAGLE staff writer Melanie Addington encourages the Oxford School Board to realize the value of the arts in education when making decisions about the new high school, citing her education and the importance art and theater meant to her growing up. (April 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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                    Celebrating Easter – something for everyone

                    Did you attend Palm Sunday services last weekend? Have plans for an Easter egg hunt the next couple of days. Looking forward to Easter Sunday? Editor Don Whitten writes about all of the events going on the week of Easter and reminds readers to make sure they connect the dots on what Easter is all about. (April 5, 2012, Page 4A)

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