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Battling the high prices of books for children

We all want our children to have books and learn to read as soon as possible, but sometimes it’s a bit more costly than we can handle. So what’s a person to do? Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg takes on the issue and writes about a program that can help local children and families. (January 26, 2012, Page 4)

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    School attendance incentives change

    Years ago, the incentive to go to school was what you’d face if you stayed at home. Now, Editor Don Whitten points out, the incentives include meals, tickets and, yes, cold hard cash. (January 25, 2012, Page 4)

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      Girl Scout cookies – decisions, decisions

      If it’s January, that means taxes, holiday bills, cold weather, et cetera. There’s one thing, though, that many look forward to in January – the sale of Girl Scout cookies. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the most popular cookies as he prepares to place his order. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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        The past remains present in 2012

        Anniversaries come and go, and are often forgotten or ignored. In 2012, there are a number of anniversaries to be celebrated locally, statewide, nationwide and around the world, including two big events right here in the L-O-U community. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at those events – the death of William Faulkner and the integration of the University of Mississippi – and how they affected the community and its view from others. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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          The ol’ Royal still serves its purpose

          Editor Don Whitten writes about a long-time, reliable old friend – the manual Royal typewriter he’s been using in his office for, literally, decades. And, yes, it’s still in use – despite the special challenges his particular model presents. (January 18, 2012, Page 4)

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            Pardon controversy has all kinds of angles

            A wide range of emotions – surprise, anger, disappointment, concern, et cetera – have surrounded the news that former Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned or otherwise dealt with sentences for more than 200 people in his final days in office. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the issues that have citizens up in arms. (January 16, 2012, Page 4)

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              Where did all the owner’s manuals go?

              One thing that’s missing, more often than not, in boxes and packages containing new products is an instruction or owner’s manual. Editor Don Whitten keeps looking for them and wondering how you’re supposed to know all about a gadget, game or whatever without those little booklets. (January 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Animal abuse must stop now

                Two more dog killings were reported in the last week or so, continuing a recent trend of local animal abuse. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes on the issue, sharing heartbreaking stories and information that will hopefully help bring an end to the problem. (January 12, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Ready to run in, or help with, Run for Hope?

                  The third annual Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5-K is only about six weeks away, and Editor Don Whitten writes to encourage runners in the community and area to register and volunteers to sign up to help with the popular winter event that raises funds for the Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes at Camp Hopewell. (January 11, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Talking with, for active puppy enlightening

                    The Oxford EAGLE editor Don Whitten had long been a cat person, until switching over to the other side recently. Whitten discusses his dealings with the family canine Tebow — a chocolate lab-mix, and how he just might be able to fully communicate with and for the pup now. (January 9, 2012, Page 4)

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