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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Rounding up the ‘important’ school supplies

Have you filled the school supply list for your student? After seeing lists in several places, Editor Don Whitten recalled the way lists were made during his days as a student. The most important items back then, he writes, were satchels, notebooks and, most of all, Crayola crayons. (July 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Deciding who or what gets into the Crime Report

    Oxford Eagle Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who covers courts and crime, receives lots of emails and calls asking why – or why not – something or someone made it into the daily crime report. Schnugg explains the newspaper’s policy and gives a bit of background for readers who might be wondering. (July 21, 2011, Page 4)

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      Clearing up some election misinformation

      With the August primaries less than two weeks away, it’s time for people to start deciding who they will cast ballots for. Editor Don Whitten reminds readers about the importance of voting while also taking on a few bits of misinformation or misunderstandings that some voters might have about their votes. (July 20, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Used car market changes through the years

        Looking for a good used car or truck. Join, for a variety of reasons, an ever-increasing number of consumers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the changes in the market as he ponders a possible future purchase. (July 18, 2011, Page 4)

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          Presbyterians get quick start with local church

          Churches, like people and families, have their beginnings, and several churches have, or will be, celebrating notable birthdays. One local church that will be turning 175 next year is First Presbyterian Church, and Editor Don Whitten gives a personal perspective on the church complex and family located just west of the Square as it begins a year-long celebration. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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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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