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Isn’t it too soon for another 100-year flood?

We’ll never see a flood like the one in 1927. There will never be a hurricane like Camille again. You’d think we’d learn to never say “never” about weather and related disasters. Even talk about 100-year floods and such are hard to understand, so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at what a 100-year event really is. (May 18, 2011, Page 4)

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    Familiar-looking author pens ‘debut’ novel

    Mystery. Check. Mississippi author. Check. Debut novel. Check. That ought to attract the interest of lots of book-lovers around these parts, and that’s what Anna Michaels’ “The Tender Mercy of Roses” offers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the book, the story and the author. (May 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Is it time for a new SEC baseball tourney format?

      With the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament coming up in just a few weeks, Editor Don Whitten wonders if it isn’t time to consider changing the format for the eight-team tournament since most coaches and players don’t want to play the five or six games it usually takes to win the title because they’re already looking ahead to the NCAA tourney. (May 13, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Red, white & blue volunteers needed

        Now’s your chance to help light up the sky over Oxford by helping put on the popular July 4th community celebration. News Editor Jonathan Scott goes over some of the positions and duties open that local officials are hoping local citizens will help fill as the planning continues for the summer celebration. (May 12, 2011, Page 4)

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          It’s time for “Life After College for Dummies”

          Do you know someone who’s graduating from Ole Miss this weekend. Perhaps you have a relative or neighbor who’s finishing his or her college days and is about to join the “real” world. Editor Don Whitten gives a CliffsNotes version of tips for college graduates ranging from jobs to housing to money. (May 11, 2011, Page 4)

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            Trying to figure out our local gasoline prices

            While there’s a report that gasoline prices could start dropping, they have been doing just the opposite for quite a while now and are nearing the $4 a gallon mark. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the longstanding concern among local citizens about prices being higher in Oxford and Lafayette County than in towns and counties less than an hour away. (May 9, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Celebrating the lady we couldn’t do without

              It’s time for the busiest phone day of the year and one of the busiest days for cards. So what day is it – Mother’s Day, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our mothers and all they have done, and do, for us while urging all of us to show a little love this weekend to the lady responsible for us being here. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Mental health

                With May being Mental Health Month and this week being Children’s Mental Health Week, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at the struggles we and our loved ones often have and our journeys to seek assistance. (May 5, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Prices rising – and not just for gasoline

                  Everyone notices when gasoline prices rise, especially when they near a noted level such as $4 a gallon. Editor Don Whitten has noticed, because of spending figures he’s seeing in his bank statement, a marked rise in the cost of food and household supplies at the grocery store, and he takes a look at some of the causes. (May 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

                    You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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