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Let’s break some voting records tomorrow

Will the local voting turnout Tuesday be like it was four years ago in the General Election – a disappointing 41 percent? Or will it be more like eight years ago when some 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots? Editor Don Whitten urges everyone to do their part by voting tomorrow. (November 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Feeling Frodo and Sam’s burden

    Recent newlywed and Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks knows a bit better the plight of Frodo and Samwise from the “Lord of the Rings” as he’s had problems with a wedding band that’s a bit too large. He relates some of his recent scares in keeping up with his “precious.” (November 4, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Want a good story? Check out Grisham’s latest

      Looking for a good story to spend a few hours with? Editor Don Whitten recommends John Grisham’s latest book, “The Litigators,” which many say is one of the best-selling author’s best in several years. (November 2, 2011, Page 4)

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        ‘Just the facts’ doesn’t paint a pretty picture

        You may not agree with Half in Ten’s ideas about how to cut the country’s poverty rate in half in the next 10 years but, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s all but impossible to argue with the numbers they present. (October 31, 2011, Page 4A)

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          More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

          The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Sonic going ‘old style’ to speed up service

            Local Sonic Drive-In customers may have noticed a change in the way carhops get around lately. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the skating service offered now by talking with management. (October 27, 2011, Page 4)

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              We all need to help improve Congress

              Congress, according to national polls, isn’t doing a very good job at all these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the problem and how we, as citizens, can help improve production from our lawmakers in Washington. (October 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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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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