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LOFT has big hit with Temptations fundraiser

From time to time, you run across something that’s a win-win situation. One is coming up next month for those who like music and want to help a local philanthropic organization, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the two sides – The Temptations in concert at The Lyric and a fundraiser for the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow. (October 24, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Awake to action

    Staff Writer Melanie Addington is excited about the community’s increased involvement in a wide variety of causes, and she urges all of us to get involved, be active and be part of the solution. (October 21, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Got your Halloween costumes yet?

      It’s a little more than a week until the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating begins, and Editor Don Whitten wonders if you’ve got all of your Halloween costumes yet. Whitten looks back at homemade outfits and warns that may be ahead for folks that delay much longer. (October 20, 2011, Page 4)

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        Watching local government at work

        A group of local Boy Scouts from Troop 144 attended part of Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall as part of the requirements for one of their merit badges. Editor Don Whitten wonders what their reports about their visit to watch their local leaders work will include. (October 19, 2011, Page 4)

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          ‘Holy Ghost Girl’ takes us behind the tent

          What do you think is coming when you see folks putting up one of those giant tents? Not that long ago, it mean a tent revival was coming to town. Editor Don Whitten points to a new book, “Holy Ghost Girl – A Memoir” by Donna Johnson, that takes us inside and behind those tent revivals and their traveling evangelists. (October 17, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Karaoke gives everyone a chance to shine

            Karaoke – where you can be part of the crowd and bring out your inner self. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg looks back at her early days as a “single/performer” and notes she’s enjoying a second shot with her favorite karaoke tunes. (October 14, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Catchy plan, slogan can get your attention

              Editor Don Whitten admits he hasn’t been following the Republican presidential hopefuls very closely – since the election is still more than a year off – but says his interest and attention has been tweaked by the recent talk of a 9-9-9 Plan. Whitten takes a closer look at Herman Cain’s plan. (October 13, 2011, Page 4)

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                How do you pick your answers, candidates?

                When picking an answer on a quiz or voting in an election, did you realize you’re more likely to pick the first option if you’re not very sure about which to pick? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that slight edge and its effect on elections. (October 12, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Amendment 26 getting groups to act political

                  One of the more interesting movements against Proposition 26, the “Personhood Amendment,” is that by local groups that are normally not very political. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of those involved in passing along information and influencing people about the issue that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. (October 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Laws that could make things easier

                    When state Rep. Johnny Stringer issued a release after Gov. Haley Barbour signed his bill that allowed driver’s licenses to be renewed every eight years, he said it was a good law because it would make things easier for people and eliminate frustration. Editor Don Whitten offers up a few more suggestions for laws that would probably do the same for a number of citizens. (October 10, 2011, Page 4A)

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