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Lots of factors delay teens getting driver’s license

It wasn’t all that long ago that teenagers couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel and drive. Youngsters, at least more of them, are waiting to get their driver’s license now, and Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at why. (August 24, 2011, Page 4)

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    Poem provides fitting tribute to subscribers

    Writing and photography and selling advertising are important parts of the newspaper business, but the key to any success is the subscriber. Editor Don Whitten recently received a 100-plus year old copy of a poem that sums up feelings about regular subscribers and thanks them for their part in putting papers out daily. (August 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

      Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Whose help?

        Reviews have been mixed since the movie “The Help” came out, and Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of the reasoning behind the different approaches. Addington, in addition to her thoughts, gives some from cast members as well as Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights movement. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Some classes we like; others, well …

          A previous column discussed classes, periods and subjects that most students seem to like. What about the other side – the ones that many students aren’t as excited about. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at two Top 10 lists, one of the hardest subjects and the other of the most boring subjects. (August 17, 2011, Page 4)

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            ‘The Family Fang’ – an interesting debut novel

            Looking for a late-summer read that’s light and humorous with a serious undertone? Or maybe something with a serious look at family dynamics that also contains comedy? Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, “The Family Fang,” can give you either approach – or both. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Wilson’s work. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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              The joys of Friday night high school football

              There’s little better to enjoy than Friday night high school football. So says Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, who’s been on hand for his share of games through the years. It’s time again for another season, and Eubanks lays out plans for 2012 while also taking a look at the past. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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                For variety and good eatin’, consider Mr. Catfish

                Perhaps you recall Bubba Blue telling Forrest Gump all the ways shrimp could be cooked and served. Shrimp has nothing on one of our local products – Mississippi pond-raised catfish – as Editor Don Whitten writes in a column about catching and eating the fish that’s being honored this month. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Movies are movies – but Cruise as Reacher?

                  Loyal readers of best-selling author Lee Child’s series featuring tough guy Jack Reacher must be a bit surprised to hear that Tom Cruise has been picked to play the character in an upcoming movie based on one of the books. Editor Don Whitten says he can’t picture the 5-foot-7 Cruise as the 6-5, 250-pound Reacher he’s been following in Child’s books. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    It’s not just the heat, it’s the apprehension

                    Is, as T.S. Eliot wrote, April the cruelest month. News Editor Jonathan Scott suggests it might actually be August because of all involved with starting school again. He takes a look at the concerns that parents have to help their children from pre-K through seniors in high school deal with this month every year. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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