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The magical land of fun and heat

Not all that long ago, when temperatures were low and snow and ice covered the ground, EAGLE Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks longed for warmer temps and time to fish, golf, et cetera. He’s gotten his wish – and now wonders about the wisdom of questioning Mother Nature. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)

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    Raising kids – neither easy nor inexpensive

    Did you realize it will take about a quarter of a million dollars to raise  a child born into a middle income family in 2010 to the age of 17? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at raising children after seeing those figures from the USDA. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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      Speeding ticket from New York? Watch out!

      Scams and computer viruses have a new angle – traffic tickets. Editor Don Whitten, somehow, was ticketed for speeding in east-central New York a little over a week ago – even though he’s never been to New York – and was given a chance to pay his fine by clicking on an email attachment. He declined and explains what additional information he’s discovered about this scam. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

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        Can wordy Faulkner exist in time of tweets?

        Could William Faulkner and his writing be the anti-tweet? That’s quite likely, but it doesn’t mean that Faulkner’s not moving up in this age of electronic communication. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at Mr. Bill and some of his work as Oxford gets set to host this year’s Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference. (July 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Maybe ‘not proven’ should be a jury option

          For many, the Casey Anthony trial has been a daily reality show for months. For others, it’s just a tidbit of news. Editor Don Whitten writes, however, that it’s also a picture of how our justice system works – even if we might need another jury option besides “guilty” or “not guilty.” (July 6, 2011, Page 4)

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            OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

            Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Independence from fast food

              Staff Writer Melanie Addington is looking for some helpful tips to help her gain independence from fast food – something that’s affecting lots of us in Mississippi. (June 30, 2011, Page 4)

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                We want you to consider yourselves winners

                We’re excited, at The Oxford EAGLE, about winning awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. We’re excited for our staff members who helped bring home 25 awards, including General Excellence among small daily papers, and we’re also excited for you – our subscribers, advertisers and readers – because you’re the reason we strive to do our best every day. (June 28, 2011, Page 4)

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                  More visitors? It’s election season, of course

                  If your door bell rings or you hear a knock these days, it’s as likely to be a candidate looking for your vote and support as anyone. With election season in full swing, Editor Don Whitten reminds everyone to get registered and to learn the ins and outs of voting in primaries coming up in early August. (June 27, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Need something to jump-start summer reading?

                    Summer reading used to be commonplace among youngsters, but now there are other distractions. Editor Don Whitten suggests two books – “Theodore Boone: The Abduction” by John Grisham and “The Sword of Darrow” by the father-son duo of Hal and Alex Malchow – that might be just the ticket to get people reading this summer. (June 24, 2011, Page 4A)

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