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‘Healthier’ lunches not the only answer

The USDA has issued new guidelines for school meals, but even those healthier lunches and snacks aren’t pleasing everyone. Editor Don Whitten recalls the food in the lunchroom from years ago and wonders if the answer to battling obesity in our youngsters lies more with activity than food guidelines. (February 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Secret shopping can be fun – unless it’s a scam

    Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Oxford Film Festival highlights local work

      “Local” seems to be the key word for a lot of the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the ninth-annual event set for this weekend in conjunction with the Oxford Music Festival. (February 8, 2012, Page 4)

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        We all have to deal with higher prices

        Who’s one of the friendliest, most helpful, most philanthropic people you know? Your neighborhood grocer. But even they can’t hold the line forever as prices for everyday grocery and food items continue to climb. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how prices are climbing and are expected to keep rising in 2012. (February 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Are times a-changin’ in LOU community?

          Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s a new era of cooperation between local entities in the city, county and university coming on with talk of expansion of tennis courts in Oxford. (February 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Take it seriously, you’re a millionaire

            Oxford EAGLE Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks got the call the other day – he’d won the Jamaican lottery and $1.5 million.   The big problem, Eubanks writes in recalling the conversation with the guy trying to give him the money (for a fee), was that he never entered the Jamaican lottery. (February 2, 2012, Page 4)

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              Mr. Pat – one of our community’s icons

              How did you first come to know Robert L. “Mr. Pat” Patterson? In his work with FCA? With the Kiwanis Club? As the bailiff at the courthouse? As a softball umpire? At church? At an Ole Miss ballgame? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the relationships we’ve had with the man who’s been a local icon for longer than most of us have been around. (February 1, 2012, Page 4)

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                Numbers – telling a story, provoking thought

                Numbers and statistics are almost always part of sports stories. Editor Don Whitten saw some interesting figures that have nothing to do with sports, and he writes about them in relation to what Mississippi is spending to house, feed and take care of prisoners, parolees and offenders on probation. (January 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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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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